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Gifted and Talented Advisory Council Minutes - Februrary 2, 2021


Gifted and Talented Advisory Council (GTAC)

Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

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


  1. Welcome

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

  1. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in District 196

  • Presenter- Stephanie Ochocki, MSW, LICSW

District 196 Student Support TOSA


III. Topics for April GTAC meeting

  • Teri Emery 


Schedule for 2020-21 school year meetings:

September 29 - virtual meeting

November 16 – virtual meeting

February 2 – virtual meeting

April 27 – TBD

SEL Guest Presenters:

Stephanie Ochocki

Courtney Wallander

Kym Carter


Warm-up - name, role, and favorite app on phone


Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • Casel provides most commonly used definition


SEL in District 196

  • Elementary

    • Conscious discipline

      • Conscious discipline brain state model

      • Seven powers for conscious adults

      • Creating a school family

      • Seven skills of discipline

      • Success

    • Mindful Movement

      • District calming website

    • Second Step

      • SEL

      • Bullying prevention

    • Group:  reflect and respond

  • Secondary - SEARCH Institute and Developmental Relationships Framework

  • Connectedness is key - the “super power”

  • Bruce Perry, MD,PhD

  • Relationships are the single most important factor in youth development

    • SEARCH Institute has found that 1 in 5 students do not feel like they have a developmental relationship 

  • Express care, challenge growth, provide support, expand possibilities, share power

  • All MSs and HSs have sent a team to professional development around developmental relationships - two options for PD:

  • REACH Framework

  • Getting Relationships Right


Small group discussion

Sharing out conversations:  SEL and safety, equity, and achievement

  • Teacher perspective - students keeping cameras off makes it more difficult to build relationships 

  • Concern about long-term, emotional/developmental issues caused by pandemic

  • “Who is your person” activity - what about students who don’t have a person?  Could it stress them to talk about it?

  • May be difficult for teachers to build strong relationships because current systems are not conducive to long-term teacher/student relationships

  • All should be trauma-informed

  • Students’ perception is their reality

  • Developmental relationships occur during different phases of our lives and all aspects of the developmental relationships are key, but sharing power is important

  • Students may be feeling less secure during pandemic (food, housing, safety, etc…) and will feel the disconnect more profoundly

  • We are all in the same storm, but in different boats (shared experience, but different)


What might be ways that we (GTAC members) can delve into building developmental relationships?


Closing thoughts


Optimistic close


Teri will follow-up with GTAC members to see how the guest format was received and inquire about topics for the April meeting.  

  • Gifted and Talented

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