TAGT Awards

TAGT has developed NEW state awards for 2015 in order to more effectively honor and recognize outstanding individuals and groups that have demonstrated a commitment to the gifted community in Texas. The awards are presented in recognition of service, contribution and commitment to gifted education. This is a great opportunity to have outstanding service in Texas districts and schools highlighted by the largest state G/T organization in the nation.

TAGT recognizes exceptional support of gifted education in five categories:

Educator of the Gifted
This award is given to one educator, of any experience level or grade level (K-16) who:

  • Has a commitment to professional growth
  • Demonstrates a personal philosophy of education for the gifted that matches the characteristics of gifted and talented students
  • Impacts gifted education at the local, regional, and state levels
  • Develops and implements lessons, units, and themes that differentiate the curriculum for gifted students
  • Serves the needs of gifted students in both the cognitive and affective domains

Administrator of the Gifted
This award is bestowed upon an individual who:

  • Demonstrates a commitment to the education of the gifted
  • Monitors the development and delivery of GT services essential to the education of the gifted
  • Contributes their time and effort in support of gifted individuals
  • Provides resources and/or staff development to help teachers meet the needs of gifted students
  • Encourages shared leadership and participation among other administrators, professionals and /or community leaders

Parent Group of the Gifted
This award is presented to a formal, organized, local or statewide parent group that:

  • Contributes time and effort in support of the education of gifted individuals
  • Promotes practices that benefit all gifted children and their families
  • Impacts gifted education
  • Encourages shared leadership and participation among other parents, professionals, and/or community leaders

Advocate for the Gifted
An individual working or serving in any capacity who:

  • Provides distinguished support for gifted students among key educational administrative and policy makers
  • Contributes time and effort in support of the education of gifted individuals;
  • Promotes practices that benefit all gifted children
  • Impacts gifted education
  • Encourages shared leadership and participation among other parents, professionals, and/or community leaders

Innovation in Giftedness
This award recognizes a project, program, or idea developed by a group or individual that:

  • Provides new and innovative services to a class/campus/district or area
  • Utilizes appropriate and unique instructional strategies for gifted students
  • Addresses the affective needs of gifted students
  • Outlines details of the program/idea that demonstrate commitment to best practices in gifted education.

Timeline

  • Early August: Application will open
  • End of September: Application Deadline
  • Mid-October: Notification of Winners
  • December 3: Awards Night Recognition at the TAGT 2015 Annual Conference