584-066-0025 Talented and Gifted Specialization:  Competency Standards (new rule)
 
Summary:  The proposed rule creates competency standards for educators wishing to add a Talented and Gifted specialization to their teaching license.  The rule will provide the knowledge, skills, abilities, professional dispositions and cultural competencies benchmarks for educators who work with the Talented and Gifted student population and seek to add the specialization designation on their teaching license.  Programs who prepare educators for the TAG Specialization must develop curriculum and field work that allow candidates to meet the competency standards.  
 
Background:  At the July 2014 Commission meeting, the Oregon Department of Education petitioned the Commission to submit TAG standards for adoption in order to establish a specialization on Oregon educator licenses. The adopted rule is based on national standards. The adopted  rule was also modified to reflect Oregon criteria, particularly related to diversity and inclusion.
 
 
Copy of Permanent Rule (New Rule)
 
584-066-0025 Talented and Gifted Specialization:  Competency Standards (new rule)
 
(1) The Commission may provide approval to an educator preparation program or course of study that prepares candidates for a talented and gifted specialization only if it includes:
(a) Content that will enable candidates to gain the knowledge, skills, abilities, professional dispositions, and cultural competencies to meet the competency standards set forth in this rule;
(b) Field experiences that include supervised teaching or internships in classrooms with talented and gifted learners; and
(c) Integration of principles of cultural competency and equitable practice in each competency standard through the entire Talented and Gifted Specialization program. 
 
(2) A candidate for the Talented and Gifted Specialization shall demonstrate the knowledge, skills, professional dispositions and cultural competencies necessary to promote the academic, career, personal and social development of students, including:

(a) Standard 1: Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences:  Talented and Gifted Specialists understand the variations in learning and development in cognitive and affective areas between and among Talented and Gifted Learners and apply this understanding to provide meaningful and challenging learning experiences for children identified as Talented and Gifted.

 
(b) Standard 2: Learning Environments: Talented and Gifted Specialists create safe, inclusive, and culturally responsive learning environments so that Talented and Gifted Learners become effective learners and develop social and emotional well-being.
 
(c) Standard 3: Curricular Content Knowledge:  Talented and Gifted Specialists use knowledge of general and specialized curricula to advance learning for Talented and Gifted Learners.
 
(d) Standard 4:  Cultural Competency and Equity in the Classroom:  Talented and Gifted Specialists demonstrate the cultural competency and proficiencies necessary to provide equitable outcomes for all students.
 
(e) Standard 5: Assessment: Talented and Gifted Specialists use multiple methods of assessment and data sources in making educational decisions about identification of Talented and Gifted Learners and student learning.

 

(f) Standard 6: Instructional Planning and Strategies: Talented and Gifted Specialists select, adapt, and use a repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies to advance the learning of Talented and Gifted Learners.

 
(g) Standard 7: Professional Learning and Ethical Practices:  Talented and Gifted Specialists use foundational knowledge of the field and professional ethical principles and programming standards4 to inform gifted education practice, to engage in lifelong learning, and to advance the profession.
 
(h) Standard 8: Collaboration: Talented and Gifted Specialists collaborate with families, other educators, related service providers, Talented and Gifted Learners, and personnel from community agencies in culturally responsive ways to address the needs of Talented and Gifted Learners across a range of learning experiences.
 
(3)(a) A Talented and Gifted specialization may not be added to a provisional license;
(b)The notation of a Talented and Gifted specialization will appear on a license as follows:  Specialization:  Talented and Gifted;
(c) Once the specialization is noted on a license, it may only be removed at the educator’s request.