Advanced Academic Services is part of the Austin Independent School District. This blog provides information, activities, and events regarding advanced academics and high ability children and teens. Smart without compromise. Potential without limits.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) 2013 Toy List

Games and toys provide a way for children to explore different ways of thinking, moving, and intereacting with friends and family members. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find the perfect item for your child because the manufacturers' recommended ages is often not correct for gifted children.  Additionally, games that look exciting from the box, can be repetitive after one playing. That is why NAGC traditionally runs an annual recommended toy article in Parenting for High Potential.  

Here is the most recent NAGC Toy List.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Austin ISD GT Student Workshop


Austin Independent School District's Advanced Academic Services in partnership with the Austin Film Society present the

AISD GT Student Workshop
Saturday, January 18, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Austin Film Society staff will lead the student workshop for Austin ISD GT students, ages 9-12.

Students will learn about Stop-Motion Photography and Film Making by participating in the following 3 sessions:  Claymation, Human Stop-Motion, and Magazine Stop-Motion.

There is no cost to participate!

There is limited space, with only 36 seats available to gifted students ages 9-12.  Register soon to ensure your gifted child is able to participate in this exciting and fun learning opportunity.

Parents: email your child's name, age, school, and contact information (email and phone) to:

Email or call 512-414-0155 for more information.


Servicios Académicos Avanzados del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Austin en colaboración con la Sociedad de Cine de Austin presentan el

Taller de estudiantes dotados y talentosos de AISD
Sábado, 18 de enero de 2014
9:00 a.m. a 11:15 a.m.

El personal de la Sociedad de Cine de Austin dirigirá el taller para estudiantes dotados y talentosos de AISD de 9 a 12 años.

Los estudiantes aprenderán sobre la animación cuadro por cuadro en el rodaje de películas al participar en las siguientes tres sesiones:
Plastimación, Animación humana cuadro por cuadro, y Animación en revista cuadro por cuadro

¡La participación es gratis!

El cupo es limitado. Solo hay 36 lugares disponibles para estudiantes dotados de 9 a 12 años de edad. Inscríbase pronto para asegurarse de que su hijo participe en esta ocasión de aprendizaje, divertida y emocionante.

Padres de familia, envíen por correo electrónico los datos de su hijo: nombre, edad, escuela e información de contacto (correo electrónico y teléfono) a

Para obtener más información, envíe un correo electrónico a o llame al (512) 414-0155.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Student Workshop - Kids Hack the City

Free Kids Hack the City Workshops

Hackidemia is offering a full day of hands-on workshops for kids on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Travis Heights Elementary.

Free for children ages 5 and up, Kids Hack the City is designed to “give kids’ imaginations a voice.” Among other offerings, participants can learn how to design video games, turn flowers and fruit into a drum machines and keyboards, extract DNA from strawberries, and create paper electronics.

While this event is free and open to the public, a (free!) ticket will be required for entry. Visit Eventbrite to get your tickets.

Travis Heights Elementary
2010 Alameda Drive
Austin, TX 78704

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Reminder: GT Elementary Student Games Day & Parent Networking Event 10/19/2013

GT Elementary Student Games Day
& Parent Networking Event

Saturday, October 19, 2013
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Baker Center Cafeteria
3908 Avenue B
Austin, TX 78751

Kids, bring your favorite board game or card game
and join other GT students in having some fun!

Parents, spend time networking with other GT parents.  If you can, bring your laptop or tablet so you can explore Austin ISD GT resources.

Free.  No registration required.
                                                 Call 512-414-0155 for information.

Monday, October 14, 2013

GT Student and Family Explore Austin Day - 11/09/2013

GT Student and Family Explore Austin Day
Saturday, November 9, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
 This event is designed for students and family to have fun as they explore some of the historic, cultural and iconic places in Austin.
  1. The event will require that you have a phone or tablet that has a camera and internet access to participate in the DIGITAL SCAVENGER HUNT!
  2.  There is no cost to participate!
  3.  Parents: please email your name, and names of all of children participating as your registration no later than November 1, 2013 to  AISDGTFUN@GMAIL.COM
 Contact for more information.

Día divertido familiar Explore Austin para Estudiantes Dotados y Talentosos
Sábado, 9 de noviembre de 2013
10:00 a.m. a 2:00 p.m.
  Este evento se diseñó para que los estudiantes y sus familiares se diviertan explorando algunos de los lugares más representativos de la historia y la cultura de Austin.
  1. Tienen que llevar un teléfono o tableta que tenga cámara y acceso a internet para que puedan participar en la BÚSQUEDA DIGITAL.
  2. La participación ¡es gratis!        
  3.  Padres: envíen por correo electrónico su nombre y el de todos los niños que van a participar para que queden inscritos, a más tardar el  1° de noviembre de 2013 a AISDGTFUN@GMAIL.COM
 Comuníquese con para obtener más información.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Davidson Institute Resources

The Davidson Institute for Talent Development  strives to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference. Below are a few resources that may be of interest:

2014 Davidson Fellows Scholarship Applications

The Davidson Institute offers $10,000, $25,000 and $50,000 scholarships to students whose projects have the potential to benefit society, and are equivalent to college graduate level with a depth of knowledge in a particular area of study.
Category requirements for the 2014 Davidson Fellows scholarships are now available.

Davidson Young Scholars

The Davidson Young Scholars program provides FREE services designed to nurture and support profoundly gifted young people and their families, including talent development and educational advocacy, an online community, annual get-togethers, and the Ambassador Program. Applications are due the first of each month. For more information, visit the How to Apply and Qualification Criteria pages.

Gifted Issues Discussion Forum

The Gifted Issues Discussion Forum is a meeting place for all things gifted. Register and become a part of one of the most active gifted education forums on the web! With more than 7,000 registered members, it's a great place to share and interact with others about a variety of gifted topics.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Photography-themed open house at the Harry Ransom Center - 9/28

Photo by Pete SmithHarry Ransom Center
21st and Guadalupe

Enjoy a day of photography at this Harry Ransom Center open house on Saturday, September 28, from noon to 5 p.m.

Activities include docent-led “jet-setter” tours of the exhibition Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age, gallery activities, and mini-tours of the conservation department. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to learn how staff of the Ransom Center conserve photographs.

Commemorate your visit by posing in a photo booth inspired by the golden age of travel.
On the plaza, enjoy the music of the 1950s and 1960s music with GirlFriend and complimentary Maine Root sodas and KIND bars. Food trailers including mmmpanadas will have snacks and treats available for purchase.

The first 100 guests will receive a gift bag, thanks in part to Austinuts, Tommy’s Salsa, Dr. Kracker, Texas Olive Ranch, and more. Members, show your membership card at the visitor desk to receive a Ransom Center button and a complimentary set of Magnum postcards!

The Ransom Center’s pop-up store will feature a sale on merchandise, including glass water bottles inspired by the Center’s windows, Magnum-inspired t-shirts, postcards, and publications. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a prize package including signed books.

Special thanks to these sponsors and participants: Texas Olive Ranch, Dr. Kracker, Tommy’s Salsa, Austinuts, KIND bars, and Maine Root Soda.

The event is free and open to the public.

Image: Photo by Pete Smith.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Saturday Wonders - Classes for Gifted Children

Saturday Wonders exclusively serves low- and middle-income families who would not otherwise be able to afford enrichment programming.

• Unique, multi-disciplinary, creative curriculum designed by gifted-experienced teachers
• Small classes, individual attention for all students
• Hands-on, stimulating, innovative classes
• Student evaluations of impact and learning conducted at conclusion of sessions
• Classes conducted in English
• Held at Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St., Austin, TX 78702
• Open for students ages 8-10 (as of January 1, 2013)
•  Fall (9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2,11/16) semester from 9 AM–2:30 PM
• Lunch included

• Online or paper registration available in English or Spanish
• First class is free
• Cost: Sliding scale starting at $30 per semester (based on need)

• Admissions ongoing until classes are full (limited to 75 students)

For more information 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Austin Museum Day 9/22/2013 - Free

Austin Museum Day is Sunday, September 22, 2013! 
Since 1998, the Austin Museum Partnership has hosted Austin Museum Day – a free, city-wide rediscovery of Austin museums.   Austin Museum Day, held on the penultimate Sunday of the month of September, is AMP’s premier event and represents a critical part of the vibrant cultural history of Central Texas.  It provides families with a unique opportunity to access the dynamic museum community including local exhibits and activities at over 40 participating institutions at no charge!

Plan and enjoy Austin Museum Day 2013 on the go with the official Mobile Guide. Access the full list of participating museums or narrow down your options based on your interests — all from your mobile phone.

More information available at

Monday, September 16, 2013

Austin ISD Advanced Academics New Website

Austin ISD Advanced Academics website pages have moved to a new location. Please be patient as we transition and upload the content that you rely on at our site over the next few weeks. For your convenience the main page and the Parent Corner links are provided below.

New pages are located at

Parent Corner is located at

Friday, September 13, 2013

Save the Date: GT Games Day

GT Elementary Student Games Day
& Parent Networking Event

Saturday, October 19, 2013
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Baker Center Cafeteria
3908 Avenue B
Austin, TX 78751

Kids, bring your favorite board game or card game
and join other GT students in having some fun!

Parents, spend time networking with other GT parents.  If you can, bring your laptop or tablet so you can explore Austin ISD GT resources.

Free.  No registration required.
                                                 Call 512-414-0155 for information.

Guardar La Fecha

Austin Independent School District

Departamento de Advanced Academic Services

Presenta el

Día de juegos para estudiantes de Primaria Superdotados y Talentosos (GT) y Sesión de red matriz para padres

Sabado, 19 de Octubre, 2013

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Baker Center Cafeteria

3908 Avenue B

Austin, TX 78751

Los niños, llevar su favorito juego de mesa o juego de cartas y unirse a otros GT estudiantes para divertirse!

Los padres, pasar tiempo con otros GT padres. Si se puede, llevar su equipo portátil para que usted pueda explorar GT recursos de AISD.

No requiere inscripción. Entrada gratis.
                                        Para más detalles, comuníquese al 414-0155.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Parent Education and GT Elementary Student Enrichment Event

“People and Power: Making the Connection”
3rd Annual GT Parent Education and GT Elementary Student Enrichment Event
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Doors open 8:45 a.m.
9:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Travis High School
Free. No registration required.
Concurrent sessions allow parents and students to explore interests.

Advanced Academic Services
Austin Independent School District
For more details contact 414-9986.

Call for GT Nominations

Parents, Guardians, and Teachers may nominate students for Austin ISD's Gifted and Talented Program by September 20, 2013.

The Austin Independent School District’s Department of Advanced Academic Services is pleased to announce that nominations for gifted and talented students in grades K-12 are being accepted during the month of September. Interested parents and guardians should contact their school’s GT Advocate for campus deadline and assistance with completing the nomination process. GT screening and testing requires parent/guardian permission by the campus deadline. A variety of measures are used for screening and testing including assessments for bilingual students. For more information about the AISD gifted program, please visit the AISD web site at or call 512-414-9986.

El Departamento de Servicios Académicos Avanzados del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Austin (AISD) se complace en anunciar que se están aceptando nominaciones de estudiantes de primaria (los grados K-12) para el Programa de Dotados y Talentosos (GT) y se aceptarán durante septiembre. Los padres de familia y custodios que estén interesados deben comunicarse con el representante del programa de la escuela para informarse de la fecha límite de entrega de solicitudes o para recibir ayuda con el proceso de nominaciones. Para llevar a cabo las evaluaciones del programa, se exige el permiso de los padres o custodios antes de la fecha límite de la escuela. Se utilizan una variedad de medidas para evaluar a los estudiantes, entre ellas evaluaciones para estudiantes bilingües. Para más información sobre el Programa de Dotados y Talentosos de AISD, visite la página electrónica del distrito en o llame al 512-414-0155.

Monday, August 26, 2013

MACC Hosts Preview, Panel Discussion on "Latino Americans"

Tuesday, September 10th at 7:00 pm
Excerpts from the upcoming PBS series will be presented.
The series traces more than 500 years of history to chronicle the stories of Latino Americans.
Panel discussion and reception immediately following.

MODERATOR: Dr. Cinthia S. Salinas
Panel: John J. Valadez, producer of LATINO AMERICANS
Dr. Emilio Zamora, Department of History, University of Texas
Marta Cotera, author and historian
Admission is free!


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Science Under the Stars - Save the Dates

Science Under the Stars is a free public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. Events start at 7:30 p.m. outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages!
  • September 12: Kelsey Jiang (stickleback)
  • October 10: Alejandro Berrio (coffee)
  • November 14: Ian Wright (spiders)
  • December 12 : Amanda Lea (Panama)
More on Science Under the Stars:

Friday, August 9, 2013

Back To School Bash, August 24th

Save the Date! AISD Back to School Bash is Aug. 24

The Austin Independent School District invites its students and families to attend the annual Back-to-School Bash. The event takes place Saturday, Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon in Exhibit Hall 4 of the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. During the celebration, families can learn about the many district programs and services that help students have a great school year. Additionally, families will have access to free immunizations from Seton and more.

Free shuttle transportation will be available every 30 minutes beginning at 8 a.m. from the following locations:
  • One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd.
  • Blazier Elementary, 8601 Vertex Blvd.
  • Martin Middle School, 1601 Haskell
  • Mendez Middle School, 5106 Village Square
  • Reagan High School, 7104 Berkman Drive
This event is a partnership between AISD and The City of Austin.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Wednesday: Curator's Tour of "Literature and Sport" at Harry Ransom Center

    Megan Barnard, Associate Director for Acquisitions and Administration, leads a tour of the exhibition Literature and Sport on Wednesday, July 31, at 7 p.m at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas.

    The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, the sudden-death play, the crushing blow, the herculean feat, the insufferable star, the sweat, the triumph, the thrill. Sport holds a sacred place in western culture and literature. Writers as diverse as Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, Norman Mailer, Marianne Moore, Don DeLillo, Joyce Carol Oates, and David Foster Wallace have written about sport. But their works are no mere play-by-play accounts. The competition, spectacle, personal struggle, and exaggerated personalities so characteristic of sport offer writers the perfect backdrop upon which to look deeply into human nature and create literature that transcends sport itself.

    This exhibition showcases the literature of sport through fiction, essays, poetry, and plays. Organized by sport, the exhibition highlights some of the finest examples of literary writing about baseball, football, boxing, tennis, cricket, and other sports. From Bernard Malamud's The Natural to Norman Mailer's The Fight, great literary works capture the appeal of sport and its ability to transform both the individual and society, all the while demonstrating through lyricism and verbal dexterity how writers elevate language to literature.

    The event is free, but donations are welcome. If you can’t make the curator’s tour, docent-led tours of the exhibitions are offered Tuesdays at noon, Thursdays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

    The exhibition runs through August 4.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Thursday: Don DeLillo delivers Harry Ransom Lecture

In conjunction with the Literature and Sport exhibition, Don DeLillo, author of Underworld, Pafko at the Wall, and End Zone, reads from his work on Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall at The University of Texas at Austin. DeLillo’s archive resides at the Harry Ransom Center.

DeLillo is the author of 15 novels, including Falling Man, White Noise, and Libra. He has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Jerusalem Prize for his complete body of work, and the William Dean Howells Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among other honors. This spring he was named the first recipient of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.
The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

Members of the Harry Ransom Center receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entry; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.

Stop by the Ransom Center's visitor desk and sign up for eNews between 5 and 6:30 p.m.* on Thursday, July 25 to receive a copy of Don DeLillo’s novel Underworld. Don DeLillo's reading follows at 7 p.m at Jessen Auditorium. Materials from the novel are highlighted in the exhibition Literature and Sport, on view through August 4.

The Harry Ransom Lectures honor former University of Texas Chancellor Harry Huntt Ransom and highlight the Ransom Center’s vital role in the University’s intellectual and cultural life. The program brings internationally renowned writers, artists, and scholars to Austin for public events and conversations with University students. The lectures are made possible by the generous support of the University Co-op.

*While supplies last, one book per person.

Monday, July 22, 2013

MACC Hosts Community Art Project This Saturday

Flor y Canto
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Presented by
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, El Taller de Arte Publico, Inc, & UT International Office
International students, artists, and the Austin Community will join in to create a mural in the ESB-MACC Breezeway.
10:00 am Mural Painting Starts
1:00 pm Youth Performances
2:00 pm Live Music Performances by Como Las Movies, Johnny Degollado, and Cojunto Aztlan
Admission is FREE.
More information at

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Maker Camp on Google+ July 8th-August 16th, 2013

Maker Camp is a free, online summer camp for teens on Google+. Get ready for 30 days of awesome DIY projects and cool virtual field trips. Camp runs July 8th - August 16th. Just follow Make on Google+ to join in: .

More information is available at

Monday, May 13, 2013

Destination: College - Free Online Presentations

May 14, 2013
5–8 p.m. EDT

Make college a reality! Join us for the fourth part of our online series designed to help students and parents with planning and paying for college. Presented in both English and Spanish, these free, informative sessions are a great opportunity for families to realize that college is within reach.

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5 p.m. EDT: Don't Waste Your Summer: Beginning the Application Process
Students will learn how to best leverage opportunities during the summer to begin applying to college in the fall. Experts will provide guidance and answer questions about how to write a winning personal statement and find resources to get a head start.

6 p.m. EDT: It's Not Too Late to Go to College: Community College as an Option

This workshop is specifically for students who are considering community colleges. Learn about the process of enrollment and transfer options. An expert will help you learn what to do to have a successful community college experience and transfer.

7 p.m. EDT: Continue Your Education: Veterans and Those Returning to School
This workshop will focus on how veterans and those that have been in the workforce can explore options for returning to school. An expert will share information from credit options to placement exams to what to do once you are enrolled and how to make your experience count.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

AISD Presents Mariachi Festival

Austin Independent School District invites you to attend the
7th Annual
Mariachi Festival

David Crockett High School
Performing Arts Center
Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Free Admission

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Carver Museum Hosts Art Exhibition

You're Invited to attend an exhibition of 100 artistic participants representing all walks of Austin life.
George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
1165 Angelina Street
Austin, Texas 78702
Opening Reception tomorrow night
May 2, 2013 - 6:00-8:00 pm
(Please RSVP, 512-974-4926)
Exhibit runs through June 15th.
All artwork will be included in silent auction with proceeds directed to the Carver Arts In Education programs.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Telling: Austin, TX

The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in collaboration with Austin Community College and the Telling Project present "Telling: Austin, TX." This performance is eight Central Texas veterans and their family members telling their stories of life in the military.  These are our soldiers, and members of our community speaking  about what service to the country has meant to them and to us. Admission is free.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

College Planning - Virtual Town Hall Meeting

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Destination: College Apr. 16, 2013
5–8 p.m. EDT

Make college a reality! Join us for the third part of our online series designed to help students and parents with planning and paying for college. Presented in both English and Spanish, these free informative sessions are a great opportunity for families to realize that college is within reach.
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5–6 p.m. EDT: Comparing Aid Awards
Gain insight into comparing financial aid award letters. This presentation will help you understand how to make an informed decision about selecting a college based on the type of aid it's offering. A special overview of the BigFuture™ financial aid tool "Compare Your Aid Awards" will be shared to help ease this process.

6–7 p.m. EDT: Making the Right Choice: Selecting a College
Are you interested in learning how to select a college? Does the process seem overwhelming? An experienced counselor will show you the ropes and guide you through the decision-making process.
7–8 p.m. EDT: DACA Workshop
This workshop will cover information regarding the requirements for eligibility and the application process for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. The presenter will also share the steps these students need to take to enroll in higher education.
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