2015 TAGT Innovation in Gifted Awards
TAGT is proud to announce that ASPIRE Academy in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and Genius Hour at Ed White E-STEM Elementary in Clear Creek ISD have received 2015 TAGT Innovation in Gifted Awards.
In this inaugural year, TAGT recognized two programs, both of which received a $5,000 financial award to support continued operation, expansion or development of innovation. This new award is presented to a school district, campus, class, private group or individual for outstanding innovation that is affecting the lives of gifted students in meaningful ways.
ASPIRE Academy is a self-contained highly gifted academy currently serving grades 1-6. The Academy is committed to serving the unique needs of highly gifted students by providing a culture where learners engage in rigorous and meaningful learning experiences that empower them to take risks, pursue passions, and make a positive impact on the world.
Implemented by first-year G/T Specialist, Blythe Brown at Ed White E-STEM Elementary, Genius Hour is an inclusive research driven challenge class available to 3rd-5th graders. Running from January to May, students had the opportunity to attend Genius Hour every week and self-select their topics. Each child designed a product that started from their own interest.
“Through this Innovation in Gifted Award program, TAGT seeks to recognize and showcase exemplary projects, programs, or ideas that address the unique needs of gifted students in innovative ways,” said TAGT Executive Director, JJ Colburn, CAE. “Both award recipients represent the thousands of individuals who work tirelessly every day to serve gifted learners through innovative instructional strategies and we are proud to be able to recognize their efforts.”
Recipients were honored during the TAGT 2015 Annual Conference in San Antonio.