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, October 30, 2014

AISD GT Student Workshop for Middle School Gifted Girls

Saturday, November 15, 2014

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Volunteers from the Society of Women Engineers at the University of Texas will lead the workshop for Austin ISD GT girls in grades 6-8.  Los voluntarios de la Sociedad de Mujeres Ingenieras de la Universidad de Texas será la encargada de dirigir el taller para niñas GT en grados 6-8.

Students will learn about different engineering programs and careers through a variety of fun activities and engaging presentations. 

Los estudiantes aprenderán acerca de los diferentes programas de ingeniería y carreras a través de una variedad de actividades y presentaciones divertidas.

Registration is free!

There is limited space, with only 48 seats available to gifted girls, grades 6-8, enrolled in an Austin ISD school.  

El cupo es limitado. Solo hay 48 lugares disponibles para niñas dotados (GT) en grados 6-8.

Register soon to ensure your gifted daughter is able to participate in this exciting and fun learning opportunity.  The first 48 girls to register will secure a spot.  Once a girl is registered, specific details about the workshop will be sent through email. To register, parents need to email daughter's full name, age, school, and parent contact information (email and phone) to

Inscríbase pronto para asegurarse de que su hija participe en esta ocasión de aprendizaje, divertida y emocionante. Cuando las niñas se registra, detalles específicos sobre el taller se enviará a través del correo electrónico.  Padres de familia, envíen por correo electrónico los datos de su hija: nombre, edad, escuela e información de contacto (correo electrónico y teléfono de los padres) a

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


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Patriot's Pen Competition - Deadline 11/01/2014

Writing Competition


THEME: Why I Appreciate America's Veterans
WHO CAN ENTER: The Patriot's Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial school or home study program in the United States and its territories.

HOW TO ENTER: The deadline for submissions for the 2014-2015 program is November 1, 2014.  Download the application.

Essays must be no less than 300 words and cannot exceed 400 words. They should be submitted to the Post, along with the completed Patriot's Pen entry form.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Texas Book Festival - Sunday, 10/25-26/2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin 78701 (map)

Large Image - Capitol

The Texas Book Festival will feature more than 250 renowned authors, panels, book signings, live music, cooking demonstrations, and children’s activities. Considered to be one of the nation’s premier literary events, the Festival continues to be free and open to the public in its 19th year. Headlining authors for the 2014 Festival include Martin Amis, Lidia Bastianich, Edan Lepucki, Ziggy Marley, Hector Tobar, Valerie Plame Wilson, Lawrence Wright, and Tiphanie Yanique. The festival is free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Texas Teen Book Festival - Saturday, 10/18/2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
St. Edward’s University
3001 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

FREE one-day festival celebrating young adult literature!

Check out the TTBF 2014 Schedule

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter at @TXTeenBookFest

TAGT 2014 Video Contest and Photo Gallery

Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT)
512.499.8248 /

TAGT is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting and empowering educators and parents to meet the unique social, emotional and intellectual needs of gifted and talented students. 

TAGT 2014 Video Contest and Photo Gallery
TAGT is sponsoring a video contest, Gifted 24-7, and a photo gallery,Capture G/T, in support of the 2014 TAGT Annual Conference theme, In Focus. TAGT seeks to showcase the voices and images of gifted students across the state, as well as encourage creativity and collaboration!
Both activities are open to the public, regardless of current TAGT membership status. 
We look forward to your submissions, have fun!
Gifted 24/7
The overall goal of Gifted 24/7 is to explore what it means to be gifted from a student perspective. Each video submission should explore how being gifted and talented can impact a student's time at school, at home, with friends, and general day-to-day life. We hope to identify the best things happening in those areas that allow students to achieve their full potential and completely express their gifts and talents!
Two winning entries will be awarded a $500 prize to be used by the school's campus to support the gifted program and will be shown during a TAGT 2014 General Session in front of 2,000 attendees. 
So, are you ready to gather a group of gifted students on your campus and channel their inner Steven Spielberg? Click here to get started!

Capture G/T
To honor both the conference theme and gifted students, TAGT is looking for striking digital images to celebrate G/T individuals of all ages! Your Capture G/Tphotos should highlight the diversity of what it looks like to teach and parent gifted students at home, in the classroom and in the community.
Select images will be displayed in the TAGT 2014 exhibit hall. Submit an original photograph that showcases gifted and talented individuals in action and what that looks like to you. We want to see what you see! Submit your photos here!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Univision Virtual College Fair - Thursday, 10/09/2014

The Third Annual Univision Virtual College Fair
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Univision and CollegeWeekLive are hosting the Third Annual Univision Virtual College Fair on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. CDT. Designed for first-generation college students and their families, this free event provides opportunities to meet with admissions representatives from over 120 schools, to video chat with current students, and to watch live presentations from ACT, AVID, and I’m First, among others.

Students who visit three virtual college booths during the event will be automatically entered to win a $1,000 scholarship.

Users of social media may register at

Monday, October 6, 2014

Austin ISD Digital Scavenger Hunt - 10/18/14 to 11/15/2014

Austin ISD Department of Advanced Academic Services
2nd Annual Digital Scavenger Hunt
10/18/14 to 11/15/2014

This event is designed for families to have fun as you explore the Austin community.
Participate at your own pace either totally online or by visiting locations around Austin.
 You will need Internet access and a device with a camera.

To register, please email your name, child’s name, and school and no later than
October 15, 2014 to:
 After you register, detailed instructions will be emailed to you.
 Contact for more information.

El Departamento de Servicios Académicos Avanzados anuncia su Segunda Cacería Digital de Objetos
Este año el evento se llevará a cabo del 18 de octubre al 15 de noviembre de 2014.
Su familia puede participar a su propio ritmo, ya sea totalmente en internet, o visitando los lugares asignados en la ciudad de Austin.
Para participar en el evento se requiere de acceso a internet y un teléfono o “Tablet” con cámara.
Este evento ha sido diseñado para que los estudiantes y sus familias se diviertan mientras exploran los murales de Austin.

Padres de familia: Para inscribirse, simplemente envíen un correo electrónico con su nombre y los nombres de sus hijos que desean participar, incluyendo la escuela y grado escolar a . Las inscripciones terminan el 15 de octubre de 2014. Les enviaremos instrucciones con mayor detalle una vez que recibamos su correo electrónico y queden inscritos.
Para más información, favor de contactar a