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Gifted and Talented Advisory Council (GTAC) Meeting Minutes for Tuesday, September 29, 2020


Gifted and Talented Advisory Council (GTAC)

Meeting Agenda and Minutes

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Virtual meeting on Zoom 


  1. Welcome and Introductions

      • Teri Emery, K-8 Gifted and Talent Development (GTD) Lead Teacher


  1. Purpose of GTAC 

      • Amy Denneson, Teaching and Learning Coordinator


  1. Safety, Equity, Achievement (SEA)

      • Amy Denneson 

      • Breakout discussion


  1. Alignment of GTD Priorities and SEA

      • Teri Emery and Amy Denneson

      • Breakout discussion


  1. Election of GTAC Chair and Vice Chair

      • Teri Emery


Schedule for 2020-21 school year meetings:

September 29  - virtual meeting

November 24 – virtual meeting

February 2 – Dakota Room

April 27 – Dakota Room


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


9/29/20 Notetaker: Teri Emery

Attendees: Teri Emery, Amy Denneson, Steve Troen, Eric Schmidt, Jennifer Siebenaler, Trisha Miller, Janna Flanagan, Brittany Doffing, Tasia Islam, Samyak Tiwari, Zachary Prax, Ankitha Kumar, Trevor Johnson, Andrea Poppinga, Jen Garnsworthy, Henriette Warren, Amy Holter, Rachel Utter


Meeting convened at 5:00 pm over Zoom


Amy Denneson explained the school board policy for GTAC- link to this policy on the district website. Broad membership of district level, school level, and community representatives- Staff and parent representatives for each level of elementary, middle school and high school, and student representatives. Terms are 3 years as rotating positions. Representatives are expected to attend at least 75% of meetings (4x per year). Steve Troen shares feedback from GTAC to CIAC (Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Council).


Amy Denneson explained guidance from our school board this year called “SEA Change” SEA is an acronym for safety, equity and achievement. These are the three lenses for making decisions and ensuring we are meeting the needs of all students. Analogy to a three-legged stool- must have all three legs to stand.


Breakout discussion into 3 smaller groups to discuss Safety, Equity, and Achievement- using same discussion questions as CIAC


Not enough time for breakout discussion about GTD priorities with SEA- this will be our first agenda item in November.


GTAC nominated and voted unanimously for Samyak and Ankitha to serve as co-chairs this year.


Meeting adjourned at 6:30 pm

  • Gifted and Talented

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