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Teacher Certification

  • Requirements for Certification

    To become GATE certified at PUSD, teachers must participate in 30 hours of professional development and lesson development. The goal is to not only receive researched based strategies in meeting the needs of gifted and talented learners, but also to apply these strategies in current practice. Once certified, teachers must update their certification (recertify) every 3 years. If teachers have missed two rounds (6 years) of re-certification, they must “restart” by attending 30 hours of PD. Teachers must recertify within three years or they will need to begin with the new certification process.

    Recertification options (if within 6 years):

    • Differentiation 201, or
    • Another approved program (University classes or outside PD)


    • Attend certification classes listed below
    • Complete an additional 10 hours of lesson development 
      • Induction classes focused on GATE serve as additional hours
    • Upon completion, you may receive two (2) salary credits

    Register here.



    Induction - Differentiation 101

    September 11, 4:00 - 5:30

    Module 1: Developing Depth of Knowledge through inquiry

    September 25, 3:45 - 5:45

    October 16, 3:45 - 5:45

    October 30, 3:45 - 5:45

    Module 2: Growth mindset for Gifted: Building scholarly dispositions through the “practices” 

    November 6, 3:45 - 5:45

    December 4, 3:45 - 5:45

    Induction - Differentiation 101 part 2


    Module 3: Igniting reading and writing for gifted students

    January 8, 3:45 - 5:45

    January 29, 3:45 - 5:45

    February 19, 3:45 - 5:45

    Module 4: Digging for depth and complexity in STEM

    March 4, 3:45 - 5:45

    March 25, 3:45 - 5:45


    Register here.  

    Differentiation 101: In this learning session, we will explore the social, emotional, and  cognitive characteristics of gifted learners and how we might respond to these attributes in the classroom. The key elements of the GATE standards (depth, complexity, novelty, and acceleration) will be introduced. Frameworks and resources will be provided to enable you to begin to dig in to layering critical and creative thinking, big ideas, and interdisciplinary connections into your existing lessons.

     Differentiation 201: How might we deepen our application of depth, complexity, novelty and acceleration in our current practice? Explore and apply a scope and sequence for GATE differentiation that parallels your current content while layering in researched best practices for GATE learners.These sessions will be inquiry based and responsive to the needs and interests of the participants.

    Learning Modules

    Module 1: Developing Depth of Knowledge through Inquiry

    • Explore the many and varied ways in which the prompts of depth and complexity can be use to develop analytical questions across content areas
    • Practice researched pedagogical models to integrate a culture of inquiry in interdisciplinary or discipline specific lessons with differentiated objectives.

     Module 2: Growth mindset for Gifted: Building scholarly dispositions through the “practices”

    How do we develop intellectual struggle for our GATE students? How might we allow for, manage, and promote parallel inquiry based study on a topic?

    • Explore scholarly behaviors and how to promote a growth mindset in your classroom through the study of scholars past and present
    • Make connections between the Standards for Math Practice (CCSS), the Capabilities of Literate Individual (CCSS & H/SS), the Science & Engineering Practices (NGSS), and the Artistic Processes (National Core Art Standards)
    • Unpack the idea of  “Thinking like a Disciplinarian” in order to allow for differentiation in perspective during a unit of study.

    Module 3: Igniting Readers and Writers Workshop for Gifted Students

    The groups are levelled, isn’t that enough?

    • How might I include interest based independent study in workshop?
    • What does conferencing look like for my advanced writers?
    • Integrate strategies for guided reading and daily 5 to meet the needs, interests, and abilities of diverse learners.

     Module 4: Digging for depth and complexity in STEM

    How does “3 dimensional learning” in the NGSS parallel with the GATE standards?

    • Explore the use of critical and creative thinking skills as tools for differentiation and problem solving, and develop rigorous science and math experiences.
    • Integrate concept mapping and science notebooking techniques as differentiated assessment tools


     Register here.