Professional Development


Summer 2017 schedule currently under construction.  In the meantime, feel free to browse last summer’s offerings!

Earn your six hours of GT Update credit in a fun, innovative environment during EA Young’s Institute for Innovation in Gifted Education. These interactive sessions run concurrently with EA Young’s age 4-grade 12 “IGNITE!” summer program which allows for classroom observation and interaction that provides inspiring discussion and thought provoking Q&A sessions. With four unique sessions to choose from, each with a different emphasis, there is something for teachers of every age and subject.  In each session, teachers are able to collaborate with other teachers throughout the Metroplex to compile strategies that will REALLY work in their classrooms.

(Summer 2016)

It’s About More than a “5”: The GT Scholar & AP
Charlotte Weinstein, MEd & Carol Raymond, MEd
June 16, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

Research shows that gifted students think differently, and often more deeply, about their world. This workshop looks at ways to engage gifted students in your AP courses to help them make meaningful connections within and across class content. Strategies such as Sandra Kaplan’s Depth and Complexity and Content Imperatives can add rigor to Socratic seminars and other class discussions. Learn how to combine AP standards with GT instructional strategies to foster creativity, inquiry, and discovery in the AP classroom. Discuss with a number of GT AP high school scholars about their ideal learning environment. Additionally, discover more about the College Board’s new AP Capstone program and how this innovative program design specifically meets the needs of gifted individuals.

4 hours Creativity & Instructional Strategies, 2 hours Nature & Needs


Project Management in GT Land
Allison Ross, MEd & Carol Raymond, MEd
June 23, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

Learning through projects allows gifted students to apply their knowledge and engage in meaningful work. However, balancing a myriad of moving parts, abilities, and emotions often leaves educators and students overwhelmed. Examine the project-based learning process; explore the organizational, social, and emotional challenges that gifted individuals face; and receive practical strategies to improve project dynamics. Bring your unique learning objectives and collaborate with colleagues to develop a project using these strategies and leave ready to dive into a new year of authentic learning. 

4 hours Creativity & Instructional Strategies, 2 hours Nature & Needs


Doing More With Less: Challenging High Ability Students Using Curriculum Compacting
Jennifer Crisp, MEd & Carol Raymond, MEd
June 30, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

Streamline the regular curriculum and create more time for enrichment and acceleration through curriculum compacting. Create a culture of differentiation in your classroom and reduce the amount of time students spend repeating mastered material. Using your own curriculum and grade level plans, develop tools for documenting mastery and facilitating engaging replacement tasks as you create a specific plan for implementing curriculum compacting with next year’s class of gifted students.

 6 hours Creativity & Instructional Strategies


GT 101
Carol Raymond, MEd
July 14, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

WHO are the “gifted” and WHAT should I do with them? Observe gifted characteristics and effective teaching strategies in use in our summer classrooms, demonstrated by master teachers. This session will include an overview of giftedness, practical implications, and future direction for you as a classroom teacher. In addition, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers from throughout the Metroplex to compile strategies that will REALLY work!

2 Hours Creativity & Instructional Strategies, 2 Hours  Identification & Assessment, 2 Hours Social & Emotional Needs

During lunch, participants will have a working lunch with an assignment to complete over the lunch period. Participants are able to bring their own lunch or walk to Jason’s Express just off campus from EA Young.



2010 Family pictures 021Jennifer Crisp, MEd, works as an Enrichment Specialist for Abilene Christian Elementary School, where she partners with teachers and students to facilitate differentiation, curriculum compacting, creativity, and higher level thinking in the classroom. She also coordinates Destination Imagination at ACS and believes that anything is possible when students are inspired to think creatively. Jennifer completed a Masters of Education in Gifted Education at Hardin-Simmons University in May 2013. She frequently returns to Hardin-Simmons in the summer to teach at Threshold, a camp for gifted students.

STAFF2Carol Raymond, MEd, TAGT 2015 Educator of the Gifted, serves as Director of Assessment & Special Programs and a STEM educator at E.A. Young Academy. Her educational ambitions focus on implementing methods that meet the social and emotional needs of students through authentically challenging academic pursuits. Mrs. Raymond frequently presents at TAGT conferences and districts across the state where she speaks about differentiation, authentic research and the social/emotional needs of gifted individuals.

STAFF17Allison Ross, MEd, serves as a Middle School STEM, Humanities and Fine Arts educator at E.A. Young Academy. After spending the early part of her teaching career in a more traditional elementary classroom, she developed a passion for gifted learners and returned to school, earning her Masters in Gifted Education from Hardin-Simmons University. Ms. Ross thrives off of developing innovative lessons that promote authentic learning and digital media integration. In addition to aiding her students’ growth as learners, Ms. Ross enjoys coaching students through the social and emotional challenges that often accompany giftedness.

Charlotte Weinstein 001Charlotte Weinstein, MEd, is an AP Consultant for College Board & holds a Masters Degree in Gifted and Talented education. She currently writes curriculum for GT ENG II (compacted and accelerated 10th -11th grade curriculum for 9th grade students), and leads professional learning communities for GT ENG II and AP Capstone Seminar. Mrs. Weinstein’s goals are to continue her professional growth and develop unique and meaningful learning environments through differentiated instructional strategies.