Summer PD

Gifted/Advanced Learners


Secondary Course Content-- June 6, July 2, July 20

    • Differentiation of core content for gifted learners will be the topic of this 6-hour professional development session. All teachers of mathematics, science, social studies or English are invited to participate. However, teachers formally serving identified gifted students in grades 7-12 as a secondary content option to service GT and who have not been Pre-Advanced Placement or Advanced Placement trained in their content area must attend this entire State required workshop for completion of the training. A certificate of attendance will be provided for documentation of this approved in-service workshop requirement after a lesson plan has been submitted for participants required to take the training. 1b, 1c, 3c,3e
    • Important Session Information:
    • **Participants need to bring laptops and any other content material needed for writing lesson plans. Do not bring children to the sessions.
      • All teachers of Mathematics, Science, social studies, English or any teacher formally serving identified gifted students

Poverty --June 7, July 11

    • This 6 hour PD is designed to help participants gain knowledge on the current research of families in poverty and how to engage students in learning and improving their overall performance in school, from grades to behavior. The PD will also help you meet your parental involvement requirement by giving you knowledge on how to recognize families of poverty and ways to address their needs and involvement in their child’s education. This is a repeat workshop from last year with some added strategies. **Be prepared to move around and be engaged. 1b, 1e, 2d, 4c

Questioning Techniques--June 8, July 23

    • Creating a Culture of Learning with Questioning and Discussion Grades 5-12
    • Participants will explore how to stimulate student learning using quality questioning techniques and good discussion practices. **The content of this session is similar to 2016. TESS Domains 3b, 3c

How to address the Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted--June 26

    • Come learn about the unique social and emotional needs of advanced learners in your classroom. You will be provided with specific strategies and tools that will help you effectively maximize the learning of your high ability learners allowing you more time for intervention with those who struggle. A small investment of time can make a huge difference for an advanced learner.

GT Coordinators, Assessment and Advocacy--June 15

    • The June meeting will include updates and information for the Arkansas Department of Education- Office of Gifted and Talented, as well as professional development in areas of concern for gifted education. Organization and planning for the assessment and advocacy of services to gifted students and designing district level professional development. 1a, 4d, 4e, and 4f

GT Coordinators, GT Planning, Review of Standards, Curriculum--July 9

    • The July meeting will include updates and information for the Arkansas Department of Education- Office of Gifted and Talented, as well as professional development in areas of concern for gifted education. Planning and a review of Gifted and Talented Standards, as well as aligning curriculum for the services to gifted students will be the focus of this session. 1a, 4d, 4e, and 4f

PreAP Workshops

AFESC--Fostering Disciplinary Reasoning Skills in the PreAP History & Social Studies Classroom--June 26

    • This workshop explores the three instructional shifts that characterize a Pre-AP history and geography classroom: evaluating evidence, incorporating evidence, and explaining historical relationships. With these shifts in mind, participants will experience the Pre-AP model of disciplinary apprenticeship by leveraging source sets in the way that historians and geographers do.
    • Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of the characteristics that make a source set useful, a list of shared instructional principles and strategies to guide work with source sets, and time to engage in peer feedback on new source sets. Specific activities in the workshop will include an examination of the Pre-AP World History and Geography Course Framework, an exploration of useful resource libraries and databases, and planning for application in the classroom. This one-day training will also provide participants their five-year certificate for teaching Pre-AP Social Studies. 1b, 1c, 3c, 3e


AFESC--Pre-AP Math: Developing Mathematical Mindsets through a Learner-Centered Classroom--July 11

    • In this workshop, participants examine the characteristics of an effective, collaborative mathematics classroom through the lens of the Pre-AP Algebra 1 Framework, instructional shifts and shared instructional principles. Teachers will actively engage in modeling focused on building a safe classroom environment where students access critical content through close observation and analysis, higher-order questioning and evidence-based writing, academic conversation, and mathematical argumentation. Participants will plan for the inclusion of observation and analysis, collaborative group structures, and higher-order questions that promote academic conversations, in their daily instruction. This one-day training will also provide participants their five-year certificate for teaching Pre-AP Math.1b, 1c, 3c, 3e


  • AFESC--PreAP ELA: Writing Workshop--July 16
    • In the Pre-AP English classroom, text takes center stage. This workshop addresses the three key instructional shifts within a Pre-AP English classroom: reading deeply, valuing evidence, and noticing language choice and how these shifts help the reader to observe the small details within a text in order to arrive at a deeper understanding of the whole.
    • Participants in the workshop will prepare to prompt their students toward deep observation of literary and informational texts as a means to confirming and building knowledge. Participants will also practice strategies that help them meet their students where they are as they acquire skills that start with reading comprehension, continue with sentence- and paragraph-level writing, and progress toward essay writing. This one-day training will also provide participants their five-year certificate for teaching Pre-AP English. 1b, 1c, 3c, 3e


Pre-AP Trainings throughout the state

Advanced Placement Summer Institute Schedule

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