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Gifted and Talented Advisory Council (GTAC) Minutes for Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Gifted and Talented Advisory Council (GTAC)

Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. virtual meeting

Zoom link:


  1. Welcome

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


  1. GTD priorities 2020-21

Teri Emery and Amy Miller, Teaching and Learning Coordinator

  • Jennifer Siebenaler, Cedar Park GTD

  • Trisha Miller, Thomas Lake GTD


  1. GTD priorities 2021-22

Teri Emery and Amy Miller


  1. Optimal Identification Project

Teri Emery 


  1. Breakout Group Discussions


IV. GTAC Membership

Teri Emery


Schedule for 2021-22 school year meetings:

October 5, 2021

November 30, 2021

February 22, 2022

April 26, 2022


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.




Waterfall welcome.


  1. 2021-21 GTD priorities - Create focus for GTD teachers 

  • collaboration with teams

  • one-on-one conferring

    • Set goal of connecting with all students by mid-October


Elementary GTD teacher sharing

  • Trish Miller (.5 FTE GTD at TL)

    • this year (especially Wednesdays) provided opportunities for purposeful planning and collaboration with teams

    • one-one meetings with students allowed for deeper understanding of students

      • got to know student interests and needs

      • included goal setting


  • Jennifer Siebenaler - (.8 FTE GTD at CP)

    • echoed that teachers were more eager to collaborate with GTD teachers around advanced differentiation

    • one-on-one meetings allowed for great connection with students (shared two examples of how recent one-on-ones addressed SEL needs)

    • double acceleration pilot in math has been highly successful (as demonstrated by MAP growth and Perennial math scores)

    • Socratic seminar/book clubs - 5th grade and student-led discussions


GTAC member question - how will post-pandemic SEL support look for students, especially with respect to executive functioning.  Can some needs be met by school social workers?  Is GTD FTE needed to meet these needs?  Good time to think creatively.


  1. Equity and Integration Plan (submitted last spring)

  • Goal #3 specific to GT identification

    • Strategies listed to meet goals


  1. GTD Priorities 2021-22

  • Universal screening for identification

  • Talent development opportunities available to all students, not just identified

  • Three elementary GTD teachers exploring math acceleration process and trying on new processes

  • Collaboration between classroom teachers and GTD teachers

  • Professional learning for teachers administering HOPE scale (HOPE scale expanding beyond grade 2)


  1. NCRGE’s Optimal Identification Study (viewed five-minute video)

  • Teri shared Scott Peters’ commitment to talent development

    • Cited text “Beyond Gifted Education:  Designing and Implementing Advanced Academic Programs”

    • Research shows that misalignment between identification and service is preventing attainment of goals for gifted programming

  1. GTAC openings

  • Bid farewell to outgoing members

  • Shared openings

  • Shared 2021-22 GTAC dates (will meet in Dakota room unless safety prevents it)


Closed meeting.


  • Gifted and Talented

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