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. Gifted and Talented Education (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 for Gifted Children (NAGC) and the 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 multiple environments. 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. GATE professional development participation is reported on the Annual GATE Report (Performance Target 3: Knowledgeable and Skilled Staff).
Registration is available for most GATE professional development through MyPLN: http://achieve.lausd.net/mypln. Please see additional information about professional development options below:
Professional Development Overview Documents
Spring 2023 Professional Learning Options
GATE/SAS Coordinator Trainings
February 2023 Spring GATE Coordinator Trainings
February 2023 Spring SAS Coordinator Trainings
February 2023 Spring OLSAT-8 Coordinator Trainings
Synchronous Teacher and Administrator Training
Spring 2023 GATE Salary Point Classes
Banked Time Tuesday Virtual LIVE/Pre-Recorded Option
GATE Coordinator Small Group Trainings
Synchronous Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS) Trainings
SAS Anchor Sessions - See Schools for Advanced Studies Schoology Group for Details
SAS Choices Accept and Decline Hands On Trainings
Special Events and Conferences
Spring Summit on Gifted Education (TBA)
Asynchronous Teacher and Administrator Training
Screening & Identification of Gifted/Talented Learners (GATE BYTE)
Gifted Identification and Program Options (Pre-Recorded Webinar)
How to Access and Optimize Online GATE Coordinator Resources (Pre-Recorded Webinar)
Depth and Complexity: The Complete Course
Differentiation Step-By-Step Course
LAUSD/UCSD GATE Certification Program see MEM-5809.5 and MEM-5809.5 Attachment A
GATE Fieldwork (Up to 8 PD Hours Per Year)
How to Start a Professional Book Club on Gifted Education
Thrivers by Michelle Borba Book Club Discussion Guide (Sample)
Guide to Better Book Studies by Corwin