TAGT Committees

There are three categories of committees, all to assist the board in carrying out the association’s strategic vision. Governance committees deal primarily with governance issues and are designed to ensure TAGT follows policy and procedure. Organizational committees ensure we move the TAGT mission forward and help directly service the membership. Resource Committees are focused on creating content, research, and resources for each special interest/audience.

Governance Committees Organizational Committees Resource Committees

Awareness Committee
Chair: Heather Block, Pearland ISD
Vice Chair: Brie Smith, Lovejoy ISD
Board Liaisons: 
Heather Vaughn, Ed.S.,
The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life
Christina Dearman, Ph.D. UNT - Denton
Staff Liason: Paulina van Eeden Hill, CAE

Responsibilities
  1. Develop and implement strategies to expand awareness and understanding of gifted/talented education and G/T students.
  2. Provide guidance to TAGT in the development of appropriate resources and platforms to support advocacy and awareness efforts at the local, regional and state levels.
  3. ​Provide guidance to TAGT to identify and foster partnerships with related state and national education organizations
  4. Develop and implement strategies to promote engagement through awareness of the TAGT community.

Education Committee
Chair: Nneka McGee, South San Antonio
Vice Chair: Melanie Harlan, Forney ISD
Board Liaisons:
Katie Drake, Killeen ISD
Caroline Winfield, Richardson ISD
Staff Liaison: Lacy Compton
 
 
Structure
According to the Policies and Procedures the structure of this committee is:
  1. The Leadership Development Committee will appoint a vice chair of each Organizational Committee to a two-year leadership term that will include one year in the vice chair role, immediately followed by one year in the role of chair.
  2. Each Organizational Committee will have an assigned Board liaison. The Board liaison is a non-voting member of the committee whose duties include advising and assisting the committee in achieving its charge.
  3. The Leadership Development Committee shall appoint the committee members. Committee members may not be members of the Board.
  4. Each committee shall have a minimum of four members and a maximum of 12 members.
  5. Each committee will elect a secretary at the first meeting.
 
Responsibilities
  1. Provide guidance to TAGT in the development of appropriate resources and platforms to support relevant professional development, training and content delivery.
  2. Service as the selection committee for Annual Conference breakout sessions.
  3. Review Annual Conference participant evaluations and provide guidance to TAGT in the development of conference content topics and methods for delivery.
  4. Review and support the development of TAGT online training topics, courses and platforms.
  5. Monitor and review professional standards for gifted educators.

Finance Committee
Chair: Luke Hurst, Terrell ISD
Staff Liaison: Paulina van Eeden Hill, CAE
 
Structure
According to the Policies and Procedures the structure of this committee is:
  1. The Secretary/Treasurer serves as chair.
  2. Six appointed members serve staggered one-year terms. Members must include both Board and non-board members.
  3. The committee members who are not currently on the Board shall have a background in business or financial affairs.
Responsibilities
  1. Approve the contract for the annual external audit.
  2. Facilitate Board review of the Association financial reports.
  3. Receive and analyze the Annual Audit on behalf of the Board.
  4. Present the Annual Audit to the Board for acceptance.
  5. Inspect formally the financial records of the Association.
  6. Review and recommend association financial policies and operating guidelines, including investment policies and procedures for the Association.
  7. Review the proposed operating budget, providing input and recommendations before the budget is proposed to the Board for approval.
  8. Develop financial resources for the benefit of the Association.
  9. Develop sources of income streaming for the benefit of the Association.

Leadership Development Committee
Chair: Debbie Smith, M.Ed., Immediate Past President
Staff Liaison: Paulina van Eeden Hill, CAE
 
 
Structure
According to the Policies and Procedures the structure of this committee is:
  1. The Immediate Past President serves as chair.
Four appointed members, including one other past president, serve a two-year term. Members may not serve more than one term. Members must include both Board and non-board members. A committee member who decides to run for office must immediately resign from the Leadership Development Committee.
 
Responsibilities
  1. Facilitate the elections process in accordance with the rules and procedures set forth by the Association.
  2. Conduct a needs assessment to prioritize selection of nominees based on experience, background, and geographic diversity as noted in the Board Profile.
  3. Seek nominations for election to the Board based on the needs assessment results.
  4. Facilitate the call and recruitment of committee members.
  5. Facilitate Board orientations annually. Board orientations shall include:
    1. Discussion of the definition, expectations, and rewards of Association leadership:
      1. Explanation of the TAGT Mission
      2. TAGT policies
      3. Association resources
      4. Governance role of the Board
      5. Service on committees
      6. Volunteer/staff relationships
    2. Discussion of Association regulatory documents and budgets
    3. Review of the annual and extended calendar of events.
  6. Other Association related affairs for training will be conducted during the year.
  7. Plan and/or conduct ongoing Board development. 

Membership Involvement Committee
Chair: Kim Cheek, Wylie Abilene
Vice Chair: Susan Shires Schertz Cibolo, Universal City ISD
Staff Liaison: Sarah Vlcek, CAE  
Structure
According to the Policies and Procedures the structure of this committee is:
  1. The Leadership Development Committee will appoint a vice chair of each Organizational Committee to a two-year leadership term that will include one year in the vice chair role, immediately followed by one year in the role of chair.
  2. Each Organizational Committee will have an assigned Board liaison. The Board liaison is a non-voting member of the committee whose duties include advising and assisting the committee in achieving its charge.
  3. The Leadership Development Committee shall appoint the committee members. Committee members may not be members of the Board.
  4. Each committee shall have a minimum of four members and a maximum of 12 members.
  5. Each committee will elect a secretary at the first meeting.
 
Responsibilities
  1. Oversee the TAGT Awards processes for the state awards program, including nominations, selection, and presentation.
  2. Monitor, review and develop, and implement effective strategies to support the recruitment and retention of association members.
  3. Monitor, review, develop and implement an array of volunteer engagement opportunities for members.
  4. Support efforts to create meaningful engagement for attendees at TAGT events.

Policy & Planning Committee
Chair: Matthew Fugate, University of Houston - Downtown
Vice Chair: Lindsay Lee, East Tennessee State University
Board Liaison: Lindsay Lee, East Tennessee State University
Staff Liaison: Lacy Compton
 
 
Structure
  1. The President-Elect serves as chair.
  2. The Immediate Past President will serve on the Policy and Planning Committee.
  3. Five additional appointed members, including one other past president, serve staggered two-year terms. Members must include both Board and non-board members.
 
Responsibilities
  1. Ensure compliance of the Board with its own regulatory documents.
  2. Develop and conduct annual Board self-evaluation.
  3. Advise the Board in the development of revisions to the Association’s Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Policies and Procedures, and such other regulatory documents as from time to time may be developed.
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    Leadership Resource Committee
    Chair: Holley Nasky, M.Ed., Irving ISD Vice-Chair: Cheryl Beard, Garland ISD
    Board Liason: Debbie Smith M.Ed. Staff Liason: Lacy Compton
Purpose: To identify and provide resources that support individuals involved in the administration and delivery of gifted services.

Responsibilities
  1. Select and prioritize resources related to their area of expertise/audience & submit proposals to Resource Review Council
  2. Receive input and requests that inform resource priorities from the TAGT membership, Board, and staff.
  3. Designate and recruit volunteers beyond committee members to serve in work groups to create resources.
Structure
  1. The Leadership Development Committee will appoint a vice chair of each Resource Committee to a two-year leadership term that will include one year in the vice chair role, immediately followed by one year in the role of chair.
  2. Each Resource Committee will have an assigned Board liaison. The Board liaison is a non-voting member of the committee whose duties include advising and assisting the committee in achieving its charge.
  3. The Leadership Development Committee will oversee final approval of committee placements. Committee members may not be members of the Board.
  4. Each committee will have a minimum of four members and a maximum of twelve members.
  5. Each committee will elect a secretary at the first meeting.
  6. Each Resource committee will recruit and engage members outside of the committee to serve in Work Groups, aimed at completing designated resources.

 
Parent Resource Committee
Chair: Patty Hammer, Alvin ISD Vice-Chair: Blake Haygood, New Braunfels ISD
Board Liaison: Monica Willis, Millar Staff Liason: Sarah Vlcek, CAE

Purpose: To identify and create valuable resources in support of parents and their gifted learners.

Responsibilities
  1. Select and prioritize resources related to their area of expertise/audience & submit proposals to Resource Review Council
  2. Receive input and requests that inform resource priorities from the TAGT membership, Board, and staff.
  3. Designate and recruit volunteers beyond committee members to serve in work groups to create resources.
Structure
  1. The Leadership Development Committee will appoint a vice chair of each Resource Committee to a two-year leadership term that will include one year in the vice chair role, immediately followed by one year in the role of chair.
  2. Each Resource Committee will have an assigned Board liaison. The Board liaison is a non-voting member of the committee whose duties include advising and assisting the committee in achieving its charge.
  3. The Leadership Development Committee will oversee final approval of committee placements. Committee members may not be members of the Board.
  4. Each committee will have a minimum of four members and a maximum of twelve members.
  5. Each committee will elect a secretary at the first meeting.
  6. Each Resource committee will recruit and engage members outside of the committee to serve in Work Groups, aimed at completing designated resources.
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Research Resource Committee
Chair: Celeste Sodergren, Waco ISD Vice-Chair: Lindsay Lee, East Tennessee State University
Board Liaison: Linda Autrey, Nacogdoches ISD Staff Liason: Lacy Compton
 
Purpose: To encourage, conduct, evaluate, and disseminate current research in the field of gifted education.

Responsibilities
  1. Select and prioritize resources related to their area of expertise/audience & submit proposals to Resource Review Council
  2. Receive input and requests that inform resource priorities from the TAGT membership, Board, and staff.
  3. Designate and recruit volunteers beyond committee members to serve in work groups to create resources.
Structure
  1. The Leadership Development Committee will appoint a vice chair of each Resource Committee to a two-year leadership term that will include one year in the vice chair role, immediately followed by one year in the role of chair.
  2. Each Resource Committee will have an assigned Board liaison. The Board liaison is a non-voting member of the committee whose duties include advising and assisting the committee in achieving its charge.
  3. The Leadership Development Committee will oversee final approval of committee placements. Committee members may not be members of the Board.
  4. Each committee will have a minimum of four members and a maximum of twelve members.
  5. Each committee will elect a secretary at the first meeting.
  6. Each Resource committee will recruit and engage members outside of the committee to serve in Work Groups, aimed at completing designated resources.

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Equity & Diversity Resource Committees
Chair: Kari Lockhart, University of North Texas Vice-Chair: Tina Moore, Grand Prairie ISD
Board Liaison: Audra Rowell, Northwest ISD Staff Liason: Lacy Compton

Purpose: To identify and create resources and practical information, support, and training to people who live and/or work with diverse gifted students.

Responsibilities
  1. Select and prioritize resources related to their area of expertise/audience & submit proposals to Resource Review Council
  2. Receive input and requests that inform resource priorities from the TAGT membership, Board, and staff.
  3. Designate and recruit volunteers beyond committee members to serve in work groups to create resources.
Structure
  1. The Leadership Development Committee will appoint a vice chair of each Resource Committee to a two-year leadership term that will include one year in the vice chair role, immediately followed by one year in the role of chair.
  2. Each Resource Committee will have an assigned Board liaison. The Board liaison is a non-voting member of the committee whose duties include advising and assisting the committee in achieving its charge.
  3. The Leadership Development Committee will oversee final approval of committee placements. Committee members may not be members of the Board.
  4. Each committee will have a minimum of four members and a maximum of twelve members.
  5. Each committee will elect a secretary at the first meeting.
  6. Each Resource committee will recruit and engage members outside of the committee to serve in Work Groups, aimed at completing designated resources.
TAGT Knowledge Team
Each Resource Committee will recruit members outside of the committee to work on designated resources, research, and content to engage the TAGT membership in volunteer opportunities outside of the typical committee/board commitments. As a Knowledge Team member, you will work with Resource Committees and peers to create resources as identified by our committees. This is a great way to be involved in specific, short-term projects that support your organization. To volunteer for the Knowledge Team and to review a list of resources in the works, please email Sarah Vlcek.

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