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Gifted and Talented Advisory Council (GTAC) Meeting Minutes for Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Gifted and Talented Advisory Council (GTAC)

Meeting Agenda and Minutes

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

District Office Dakota Room


  1. Welcome 

    • Teri Emery, K-8 Gifted and Talent Development (GTD) Program Facilitator


  1. Purpose of GTAC 

    • Amy Miller, Teaching and Learning Coordinator


  1. Introduction Activity 

    • Teri Emery


  1. 2022-23 Gifted and Talent Development Priorities

    • Teri Emery and Amy Miller


  1. Action Area 1: Support for GTD Cluster Classroom Teachers

    • Teri Emery and Amy Miller


  1. Election of GTAC Chair and Vice Chair

    • Teri Emery


Schedule for 2022-23 school year meetings:

October 11  - Dakota Room, District Office

November 29 – Dakota Room, District Office

February 28– Dakota Room, District Office

April 25 – Dakota Room, District Office


All meetings are 5-6:30 p.m. at the District Office 3455 West 153rd Street, Rosemount, MN 55068 in the Dakota room. Please call Cathy Fischbach at 651-423-7885 or email if you cannot attend.




Brief introductions

Policy 610.1AR overview

Depth and Complexity introduction activity through Byrdseed TV lessons

Reviewed GTD priorities for year and focused on first action area - 

Support for GTD Cluster Classroom Teachers for Advanced Differentiation in the Classroom

Members invited to review strategies to implement, tasks, and measurement 

Strengths of clustering shared:


Students learn together all day, every day

Teacher receives specialized training in differentiation

Provides support for all students to achieve at high levels

More opportunities for cluster teachers and GTD specialists to collaborate


Clustering model requires collaboration among adults


Supports for GTD cluster classroom teachers:

Asynchronous PD

Ongoing PD and collaboration with GTD specialists

Opportunities to share ideas across district

District communication and classroom resources 


August 18th - half-day for GTD specialists and cluster teachers to learn, collaborate, and plan


Focus areas for GTD cluster classrooms:

Workshop model

Inquiry-based in units of study, increased student choice 

Depth and complexity prompts (content agnostic, thinking tool)

Pre-assessment in math and implementation of math extensions


Difficulty vs. Complexity 

One known pathway Multiple pathways

Can become easy May not have a best solution

Unexpected right answers


Depth and Complexity:

11 prompts  - visual cues signal prompt

Content agnostic



GTAC Chairs elected - Zuber, Vanessa and Zoe


  • Gifted and Talented

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