The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) is an organization of educators and parents dedicated to meeting the unique needs of gifted and talented students. Chartered in 1978, TAGT is the nation’s largest state advocacy group of its kind, providing nearly 3,000 members and friends of gifted youth a forum for exchanging ideas and information about the education of gifted and talented students. TAGT recognizes the unique social, emotional, and intellectual needs of gifted and talented students and provides educational services to meet these needs.
TAGT MISSION STATEMENT
The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented connects and empowers educators and parents to meet the unique needs of gifted and talented individuals through awareness, advocacy and action.
TAGT VISION STATEMENT
The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented strives to positively impact the lives of gifted and talented individuals by providing relevant, innovative programs and services through an engaged, diverse membership.
Texas law requires teachers to receive 30 hours training in gifted education to be eligible to teach gifted students. In addition, teachers must receive 6 hours training yearly in gifted education to maintain eligibility. Although it is up to local school districts to decide what credit hours they will accept, many school districts look to TAGT as a mark of quality training and will accept hours that we recognize as meeting state standards.
TAGT offers a 45 clock-hour Teacher Awareness Certificate that promotes high-quality professional development. For administrators, there is an 18 clock-hour Administrator Awareness Certificate available. Credit hours for these certificates can be earned at all TAGT Conferences.
The most popular option for obtaining professional development credit hours is our annual three-day conference – TAGT’s premier professional development experience! This exciting event offers over 150 intensive educational sessions, networking opportunities, and nationally known speakers on the subject of gifted education. We also are continually developing new educational programs both as local seminars and online training.
Gifted students are found in all populations and grade levels. As a result, Texas must develop the intellectual capacity and the intellectual potential of the next generation to ensure that the state has the opportunity to be a leader in a competitive market in technology, industry and communications. TAGT strongly endorses equity and excellence in educational programming to meet this goal.
TAGT monitors proposed legislative initiatives that impact gifted education at both the state and federal level. Through periodic legislative updates, members are kept informed about potential legislation and rulings that may be issued by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). We work closely with TEA to address trends in gifted curriculum and accountability for program and educator standards.
- TEMPO: Quarterly journal of articles and research of interest and benefit to parents and educators.
- TAGT Pulse e-Newsletter—Weekly electronic publication of association and gifted education news and information.
- Periodic newsletters for members of TAGT Divisions and Committees.
Gifted Education Books
TAGT has sponsored books dealing with a wide range of topics in the field of gifted education.
- Raising Champions: A Parent Handbook for Nurturing Their Gifted Children, 1997
- Instructional Units for Gifted and Talented Learners, Grades K-6, 1997
- Lessons From the Middle: High End Learning for Middle School Students, 1999
- Curriculum Starter Cards: Developing Differentiated Lessons for Gifted Students, 2000
- Extending the Challenge in Mathematics, 2002
- Identifying Gifted Students: A Practical Guide, 2004
Since 1982, TAGT has awarded over one million dollars in assistance for gifted and talented learners. To support and maintain the TAGT Scholarship Fund, please consider donating today to the TAGT Scholarship Fund. TAGT scholarships provide:
Please see the scholarship pages to learn more about TAGT Scholarships:
- TAGT Summer Scholarships
- TAGT / SMI Scholarships
- Laura Allard Future Vision Scholarship
- Adelle McClendon Young Leader Scholarship
TAGT Area Awards
TAGT Area Awards for Teacher of the Year, Parent of the Year, Advocate of the Year, Administrator of the Year and Rising Star Teacher are presented to individuals in recognition of service, contribution and commitment to gifted education. Members of the TAGT Membership and Parent Involvement Committee will review the nomination materials of all Area Award winners. From that pool, the TAGT State Award Winners are selected in all five categories.
TAGT Legacy Book™ Awards
The national TAGT Legacy Book™ Awards honor outstanding books published in the United States that have long-term potential for positively influencing the lives of gifted children and/or youth and contribute to the understanding, well-being, education, and success of students with gifts and/or talents. Awards, based on target audiences, are presented in the following categories: Curriculum, Educator, Parent and Scholar.
TAGT has four divisions that serve specific areas of gifted education:
- Leadership Division
- Student Advocacy Division
- Research Division
- Parent Division