Gifted & Talented Program Information
Waller ISD Gifted & Talented Program Referrals Dec. 2-13
Waller ISD will accept referrals for students to be evaluated for the Gifted and Talented (GT) Program Dec. 2-13, 2019. Referrals for students who are currently in first through eleventh grade may be submitted by parents/guardians and/or teachers to the student’s counselor. All current kindergarten students will be evaluated for GT per Texas Education Agency guidelines.
GT refers to a child who performs or shows the potential of performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment. The child also exhibits an unusual capacity for leadership or high-performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area. More information is provided below.
What is Gifted?
According to the Texas Education Code 29.121, gifted and talented refers to a child who performs or shows the potential of performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment. The child also exhibits an unusual capacity for leadership or high-performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area.
Resource: Bright Child vs Gifted Learner
How are students identified as GT?
Beginning the 2019-2020 school year, all kindergarten students in WISD will be considered for gifted and talented services through the use of a universal screener administered in January. For students in grades 1st-11th, a referral for gifted services can be initiated by a parent/guardian, teacher, counselor, or administrator during the referral window, December 2-13. Referred students are screened using an abilities assessment and students scoring within the gifted potential range will then be further assessed using a full battery abilities assessment. The assessment contains verbal, nonverbal, and quantitative measures that assesses cognitive development, the ability to learn new tasks, and problem solve. Once data is collected, the information is then submitted to a committee, who has received training in gifted education, to determine placement for the gifted and talented program. A letter with the results will be sent home to the parent/guardian of the student who was referred for services. Students, in grades 1st-11th, who are identified as GT will begin services the following school year, 2020-2021. Kindergarten students identified as GT will begin services February 24, 2020.
To refer a WISD student to the GT Program, contact his/her school counselor.
Counselor Campus Email Address Kim Pruitt Fields Store ES firstname.lastname@example.org Kimberly Kmiec Fields Store ES/Turlington ES email@example.com Nancy Tryon Turlington ES firstname.lastname@example.org Jamie Riemer Holleman ES email@example.com Jennifer Valladares Holleman ES/Roberts Road ES firstname.lastname@example.org Courtney Kerlick Roberts Road ES email@example.com Natasha Jackson Jones ES firstname.lastname@example.org Misty McGee Jones ES email@example.com Laura May Schultz JH firstname.lastname@example.org Christy Smith Schultz JH email@example.com Lindsey Pasqua Waller JH firstname.lastname@example.org Ireland Mueller Waller JH email@example.com Jessica Jensen Waller HS firstname.lastname@example.org Tamara Zingelmann Waller HS (A-Cq) email@example.com Joy McCaffety Waller HS (Cr-Hen) firstname.lastname@example.org Brandina Wells Waller HS (Her-Me) email@example.com Gena Kellam Waller HS (Mi-Ry) firstname.lastname@example.org Holly McLean Waller HS (Sa-Z) email@example.com