Summer Parent Webinars
Please register here to attend a webinar on the following topics. Webinars will be available in English and Spanish. We will link recordings below after the session.
- June 11 at 5:30 p.m. Passion-based Learning in the Summer (Research)
- June 18 at 5:30 p.m. College Testing
- June 25 at 5:30 p.m. Overexcitabilities among Gifted Students
- July 16 at 5:30 p.m. The College Application Journey
- July 23 at 5:30 p.m. Impostor Syndrome and How to Fail Successfully
- July 30 at 5:30 p.m. GT Awareness Session - Come Learn about our Program
- August 6 at 5:30 p.m. Why AP?
Summer Enrichment Opportunities
- Irving Public Library Summer Reading Program - log your books or minutes read to collect prize packs in August
- Irving Public Library Virtual Programming - story time and lots of fun crafts and draw along videos for those rainy days at home
- Wonderopolis - read the wonder of the day, learn some new vocabulary, test your comprehension, and take part in the extension options
- Caldecott List - list of award winning picture books
- Bluebonnet List - list of award winning books for Texas 3rd to 6th graders
- 5th to 6th GT Suggested Summer Reading List
- 6th to 7th GT Suggested Summer Reading List
- 7th to 8th GT Suggested Summer Reading List
- 8th to 9th GT Suggested Summer Reading List
- Advanced Placement Suggested Summer Reading List
Test Prep Resources
- Khan Academy - take a practice PSAT or SAT and get a personalized learning and practice plan that you can do anywhere anytime
- Prepare for your ACT - Seniors will take this test in October
- Prepare for your SAT - All Juniors will take this in the Spring
- Prepare for your PSAT - all Sophomore and Juniors take this in October as part of the National Merit Scholarship program for juniors
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Resources
- NuMinds TV - lots of videos of experiments, geography, and other interests for gifted students to follow along with; also a parent component
- National Geographic Kids
- Code.org - kids can learn how to code
- STEMworks - a website focused with information and learning in the following areas: crime scene investigation, extreme weather, medical innovations, robotics, space, the animal kingdom, under the sea, wind energy, and other STEM subjects.
- NASA Space Place - a website that encourages kids to explore the Earth and space
- Exploratorium - fascinating website filled with articles, videos, activities, and other resources that work well for kids, teens, and adults. Over the years, Exploratorium has collected and gathered information from across the globe- from artists and from scientists and has become a treasure trove of information and inspiration. If your son or daughter is at all curious- (and aren’t all kids?) they are going to love this site.
- Funology - this website is packed with great activities that “offer the cure to boredom"
- How Stuff Works
- EPA Students - environmental issues for kids
- Khan Academy Programming - learn to code and write game programs
- Scratch - learn to code with blocks
- Code Monster - introduction to java for kids
- Blockly - block programming for young kids
Virtual Summer Programming - please email email@example.com for help in finding some resources
Waiver for Spring Identification Statement
The Governor of Texas has waived the identification requirements for the Spring of 2020. The GT department is working with campuses to make selections of students we have data for and to postpone until it is safe in the summer/fall those who still need tests or activities administered. Parents will be notified before end of year regarding that process.
The Gifted and Talented Program focuses on the acceleration of subject content within each of the core academic areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science.
Teachers for the Gifted and Talented Program are trained professionals in the area of gifted education, and participate in GT-specific professional development. All educators of the gifted and talented are required to complete the necessary college course-work that leads to the gifted endorsement from the State of Texas.
Students who exhibit advanced intellectual development in one or more of the core subject areas (i.e., language arts, sciences, mathematics, social science) are identified and selected to participate in the Gifted and Talented Program.