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.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

GT Parent Lecture Series - February

Austin ISD parents and educators are invited to attend this FREE evening lecture.
No registration is required.

Fostering Self-Management through Communication
(Fomente el autocontrol por medio de la comunicacion)

Presented by
Rodney Jones
Coordinator for Advanced Academics,
Austin ISD

Monday, February 17, 2014
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Sanchez Elementary School
73 San Marcos Street
Austin, Texas 78702

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Austin Gifted Presents Saturday Wonders

  • 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 8-11 (limited to 75 students)
  • Offered two Saturdays each month from 9 AM–2:30 PM
  • Classes held in the Spring (2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/22, 4/5, 4/12) semester
  • Lunch included
  • Online or paper registration available in English or Spanish
  • First class is free
  • Cost: Sliding scale starting at $30/semester (based on need)
  • Admissions ongoing until classes are full

Monday, January 27, 2014

GT Elementary Student Games Day & Parent Networking Event

Austin Independent School District
Advanced Academic Services Presents

GT Elementary Student Game Day

& Parent Networking Event
Saturday, February 8, 2014
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.

Día de juegos para estudiantes de Primaria Superdotados y Talentosos (GT) y Sesión de red matriz para padres
Sabado, 8 de Febrero, 2014
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 Austin ISD.

No requiere inscripción. Entrada gratis.
Para más detalles, comuníquese al 512-414-0155.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

SENG Guided Discussion Group for Parents of Gifted Students

To Parents of Gifted and Talented Students
Enrolled in Austin ISD schools
You're Invited!

EVENT:                        SENG Guided Discussion Group for Parents 
                                    of AISD GT Students

WHEN:                        Fridays: January 31, February 7, February 14, February 21, February 28, and March 7.  
                                    All meetings 10:00-11:30 AM
Participants are asked to attend all six sessions.

WHERE:                       Baker Center, Room 208
                                     3908 Avenue B, Austin TX 78751

FACILITATOR:           Debi Torres, Coordinator Gifted Education, Austin ISD 
                                    and Trained SENG Parent Group Facilitator.

SEATS ARE LIMITED. There is only room for 20 parents to participate in this group.  Be sure to register soon to ensure you are able to secure one of the 20 spots.

Session topics:
  • Characteristics of Gifted Children
  • Communication and Relationships
  • Motivation and Underachievement
  • Discipline and Self-Management
  • Intensity, Perfectionism, and Stress
  • Acquaintances, Friends, and Peers
  • Only Children and Sibling Relationships
  • Values, Traditions, and Uniqueness
  • Successful Parental Support

The objective of the series of sessions is to establish an environment in which parents of GT students can receive support, guidance, and information through discussion with other parents and trained facilitators. This will serve as an opportunity to nurture the self-concept and emotional development of GT children and their families.

If you would like to participate, please email with your name, your GT child's name, and your child's Austin ISD school. You will receive an email confirmation. Space is limited to the first 20 parents. Please respond as soon as possible.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

TAGT Hosts Mini-Parent Conference, Round Rock, February 15th

The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) offers Mini-Parent Conferences throughout the state to bring exceptional information on gifted education to parents. TAGT will hold a conference in Round Rock at Walsh Middle School on Saturday, February 15.

Breakout sessions will focus on parenting strategies, meeting the social and emotional needs of gifted youth, educational enrichment and other relevant topics. Information will also be avail­able on applying for TAGT Summer Program Scholarships. Representatives from camps for all ages will be present.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Walsh Middle School
3850 Walsh Ranch Boulevard
Round Rock, TX 78681

Keynote Speaker:  Lisa Van Gemert, American Mensa: "The Five-Headed Dragon: Threats to Giftedness"

$29 Parent Conference Registration
$49 Parent Conference Registration with Additional Registrant
$10 Child Registration (cost per child)

Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities while parents attend sessions. Pre-registration is required. Only children in Kindergarten - 5th grade will be accepted.

Pre-Registration will close on February 12, 2014 but on-site registrations for the conference are welcomed.

For more information, or to register, visit

Friday, January 17, 2014

GT Parent Lecture Series

Austin ISD parents and educators are invited to attend this evening lecture.
No registration is required to attend this free event.

The People Puzzle: Building Positive Relationships
  El Rompecabezas de la Persona: Establecer relaciones positivas

Presented by
Debi Torres
Coordinator for Gifted Education
Austin ISD

Thursday, January 30, 2014
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Covington Middle School
3700 Convict Hill Road
Austin, TX 78749

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at UT

Registration is now open for the Women in Engineering Program's Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.  Also called Girl Day, this free annual event will be held on the UT campus on Saturday, February 22, 2014, from 2 - 5 p.m. 

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is an international event celebrated during Engineers Week each year. Students and their parents or educators are invited to UT for an afternoon of engineering fun. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day gives 2,000 1st - 8th grade girls the opportunity to explore the exciting possibilities of an engineering career through hands-on activities. 

Students will have a chance to:
  • have fun doing grade-specific, hands-on engineering activities
  • meet students, professors, and engineers 
  • see what it's like to be an engineer
Individual and group registration is available online. Spaces are limited for this FREE event. For additional details and to register, visit the Cockrell School of Engineering website.

Faces of Austin 2014 Film Competition

The City of Austin invites Austin-area filmmakers to submit their work to Faces of Austin 2014. The Faces of Austin program showcases short films by local filmmakers, reflecting the diverse faces, voices, and experiences of our city. Submitted films must be under 10 minutes in length and must be filmed in Austin or highlight an Austin topic or organization. Both fiction and nonfiction works are acceptable.

The films selected for Faces of Austin will have a premiere screening during the SXSW Film Conference Community Screenings in March 2014. The films will be shown at Austin City Hall, on Channel 6, on the City website, and at special screenings throughout the year. One film will also receive a “Judge’s Choice” designation from special guest judge Richard Linklater.

The deadline for film submission is January 21, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Call for GT Nominations in Austin ISD

The Austin Independent School District’s Department of Advanced Academic Services is pleased to announce that nominations for gifted and talented students are being accepted during January. 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 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 para el Programa de Dotados y Talentosos (GT) y se aceptarán durante enero. 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 414-0155.