Resources for TAG Administrators
Resources from Other States for Administrators/Educational Leaders
The bottom line: Title I funds may be used to support low-income gifted students and Title II plans must include gifted and talented students in professional training.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Talented and Gifted (TAG) Students:
- ESSA brief from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC):
- Oregon ESSA information page:
- Oregon ESSA updates:
- ESSA funding and TAG students page from Michigan:
- ESSA news:
Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA)
The bottom line: higher education programs receiving HEOA grants must train educators and school administrators to address the specific learning needs of diverse students including students with gifts and talent
Programming standards from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC):
- Pre-k to 12 gifted programming standards from the NAGC:
- Knowledge & Skill Standards in Gifted & Talented Education For All Teachers
NAGC’s administrator information section:
- “Assess Your P-12 Practice or Program Using the NAGC Gifted Programming Standards”
- “Self-Assess Your P-12 Practice or Programming Using the NAGC Gifted Programming Standards” (webinar)
- For further reading see also the NAGC’s roundup of “Key Reports” (copy and paste link)
- COVID-19 School Response Toolkits for Accelerating Learning AND School Leader Supplement from TNTP Inc., an educational consulting firm located in New York.
- “Developing English Language Learners' Talents: Identifying and Nurturing Potential” from the NAGC
- “Do Gifted Children Really Have Special Social and Emotional Needs,” 2017 webinar by the late Dr. James Webb. $30 donation requested. Posted by the Summer Institute for the Gifted
- “Guiding Gifted Programming from a District Leadership Perspective” from the NAGC
- “Identifying and Serving Gifted Students of Poverty” from the NAGC
- “Including Multicultural Content in Gifted Education” webinar by Donna Ford. Intended primarily for educators, also of interest to administrators. Posted by the Summer Institute for the Gifted. Scroll down list to find it.
- “Mind Matters” podcasts. About 50 podcasts on gifted education intended for a mixed audience. Some are of interest to instructional leaders (topics include suicide, radical acceleration, assessment, executive functioning).
- “Serving Gifted Students in Rural Settings”
- “Strategies for Improving the Identification of English Learner Students for Talented and Gifted Programs,” Infographic for principals and district leaders from the Regional Education Laboratory Northwest (funded by a Federal Grant)
Oregon Department of Education (ODE)
TAG Office: Angela Allen, Education Specialist, Office of Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Standards and Instructional Support
- ODE TAG Frequently Asked Questions
ODE TAG FAQ
- TAG Parent Brochures (available in English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese)
ODE TAG Parent Brochures about Talented and Gifted Education in Oregon
- Oregon Department of Education: Comprehensive Distance Learning:
- Document: “Supporting Talented and Gifted through Hybrid and Comprehensive Distance Learning:
Oregon State TAG laws and rules:
Oregon State Rules for TAG specialization:
State Gifted Association:
- “Best Practice for Professional Development: A Coordinator’s Guide” from TAG T (Texas)
- “Developing Academic Acceleration Policies,” Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Ph.D.,Wendy A. Behrens, M.A., Ed., & Susan G. Assouline, Ph.D. (2018) from a consortium including the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education at the University of Iowa:
- “Developing Distinguished Highly Capable Programs: A Guidebook for Internal Evaluation in Washington State,” by Jen Flo. 45-page .pdf file available on request from firstname.lastname@example.org
- “Five Key Considerations for Developing a Fair and Equitable Identification/Placement Plan for Advanced Programming in Times of Remote Learning” from the Illinois Association for Gifted Children
- “Gifted Education Identification Practices for District and School Administrators” (webinar) From the Colorado Department of Education
- “The Role of the Principal” from the Texas G/T Program Implementation Resource (includes links to other resources:
- Texas Task Library, section for administrators: Tips on budget, scheduling, and curriculum design for administrators. Overviews for teachers by grade-level band. Walk-throughs to support administrators’ observations of gifted classrooms.
Free PD opportunities
Fee-based PD opportunities
Groups and blogs
- Conversations with CAGT from Colorado is a series of free webinars. A few of these (for example, the ones by Joy Lawson Davis and Karen Rogers) address issues of concern to administrators.
- “Evidence-based Best Practices in Talented and Gifted Education"A presentation by three experts: Dr. Susan Johnsen of Baylor University, Marcy Voss, M. Ed and Monica Simonds, M.Ed, at the Texas TAG conference on Leadership, Gifted, and Equity conference, June 8-11 on gifted education strategies that have a solid research backing. On the OATAG website for the 2020/21 school year
- “Gifted Education in the Secondary Grades”. A presentation by Luke Hurst at the Texas TAG conference on Leadership, Gifted, and Equity conference, June 8-11, discusses how a gifted coordinator worked with educators in his district to redesign their gifted education programming and instruction. On the OATAG website for the 2020/21 school year
- GERRIC professional development specialization packet (2004): From the Gifted Education Resource, Research, and Information Centre at the University of New South Wales in Australia. Each packet includes a “specialization” strand intended for principals and administrators:
- Professional Learning Modules from Project North Star (Minnesota): Introduction to Gifted and Talented for Administrators: Two professional learning modules focusing on intentional school leadership with gifted and talented learners from rural locations and diverse populations. Use the following join code: 4N77XY
- Gifted Education Study Guide for the Praxis test: Includes sample test questions and answers
- WAETAG Webinars each month on Thursdays from the Washington Association of Educators of the Talented and Gifted (WAETAG): These are free on the date they are presented; after that they are available only to members (membership fee is $65.00)
- Pacific University offers a TAG Specialization program (13 credits) for Oregon educators:
- Professional Development listings from the Davidson Institute
- Arkansas State University, Education Degree Specialist in Gifted and Talented Director: Post graduate degree program on the management and continuous improvement of gifted student programs. The courses are designed to develop the ability to lead staff in the identification, selection, placement, and the development of gifted children.
- Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education. Associated with the Bridges School in southern California, this program includes five different focus areas and academic tracks: curriculum and instruction, research, leadership and administration, professional development, and home schooling.
- Center for Gifted Education and Talent, Baylor University (Texas) provides professional development for teachers, counselors, and administrators of gifted students
- Colorado Gifted Education Professional Development links:
- University of Denver: Gifted Education Specialization fuses gifted education training with Curriculum and Instruction Leadership in a hybrid online and face-to-face model
- University of Northern Colorado Extended Campus
- WAETAG Webinars each month on Thursdays from the Washington Association of Educators of the Talented and Gifted (WAETAG): These are free on the date they are presented; after that they are available only to members (membership fee is $65.00) Topics of interest to administrators are included.
- William and Mary Executive EdD program in Educational Policy, specialty in Gifted Administration:(requires an MA in education)
- Gifted Coordinator Special Interest Group (new group within the NAGC—membership requires payment of NAGC dues)
- Gifted and Talented Program Teachers (Facebook group)
- Teachers of Gifted and Talented (Facebook group)
Last year we licensed two talks aimed at TAG administrators/coordinators from our counterparts in Texas:
"Evidence-based Best Practices in Talented and Gifted Education"
A presentation by three experts: Dr. Susan Johnsen of Baylor University, Marcy Voss, M. Ed and Monica Simonds, M.Ed, at the Texas TAG conference on Leadership, Gifted, and Equity conference, June 8-11, 2020 on gifted education strategies that have a solid research backing
"Gifted Education in the Secondary Grades"
A presentation by Luke Hurst at the Texas TAG conference on Leadership, Gifted, and Equity conference, June 8-11, 2020 discusses how a gifted coordinator worked with educators in his district to redesign their gifted education programming and instruction.