Professional Development (PD)
Los Angeles Unified School District Gifted/Talented Programs offers professional development that embraces new constructs of giftedness that are multi-faceted, multicultural, and multi-dimensional for various stakeholders. GATE professional development strengthens the links between identification and differentiated instruction and promotes a philosophy of giftedness that is inclusive and ensures equitable access to District GATE programs. The ongoing professional development (synchronous and asynchronous) explicitly addresses the screening, identification, and achievement of underrepresented student populations, particularly African American and Latino students. Content is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and Recommended Standards for Programs for Gifted and Talented Students. The training is also shaped by the Teacher Preparation Standards in Gifted and Talented Education from the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) and Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Additionally, GATE professional development goes beyond academics to ensure that the unique affective, social-emotional needs of gifted learners are meaningfully addressed.
GATE professional development opportunities are available to teachers, coordinators and administrators in a virtual environment. The District provides professional development opportunities related to gifted education to support and improve educational opportunities for gifted students (EC 52212a1).
It is a District recommendation that all teachers of gifted/talented students participate in a minimum of 16 hours of GATE-specific professional development annually (four hours for administrators). This is a District requirement for Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS) sites.
The GATE Professional Development Record should be used to log training participation, and kept as a personal record by participants for a minimum of three years. Teachers should submit GATE Professional Development Records to the school site GATE coordinator/administrator at the end of each academic year.
Registration is available for most GATE professional development through MyPLN: http://achieve.lausd.net/mypln. Please see additional information about professional development options below:
Asynchronous Teacher and Administrator Training
Banked Time & School Site Professional Development Options (Asynchronous and Synchronous Options)
GATE/SAS/OLSAT Coordinator Meetings (Asynchronous & Synchronous Options)
Salary Point Classes (Synchronous)
Special Events and Conferences
Spring Summit on Gifted Education (Coming Soon)
Office Hours (Synchronous)
Small Group Trainings: (Coming Soon)
SAS Office Hours (Coming Soon)