Gifted and Talented

G.T.

"LBJ serves K-2nd grade identified gifted and talented students through the inclusion method in their regular classroom. Teachers receive their 30-hour initial training and the yearly 6-hour update as prescribed by the Texas Education Agency State Plan for Gifted Education.

3rd-5th grade gifted identified students from LBJ and Blanton are served through a special pull-out program called Scholars In Progress. Mrs. Vanessa Brower M. Ed. is a Gifted and Talented Endorsed teacher with 20 years of experience in the gifted pull-out program and she serves these students with depth, complexity, and differentiated pacing according to the state plan. Mrs. Brower helped pilot the Texas Performance Standards Projects with TEA and was the recipient of the Region 18 Rising Star Teacher of the Gifted in 2002.

Mrs. Brower hosts an online Chess Club for all LBJ Elementary, Blanton Elementary, and Buice Elementary students using the Chesskids.org system. She is the PICK Education Campus Ambassador and a PICK Education Architect, as well as the Odessa College FABLAB Champion for the LBJ Campus.

Mrs. Brower is also a second-year ECISD Techy Tribe Ambassador and is working towards certification as a Microsoft Minecraft Education Edition Educator, as well as a current candidate for National Board Teacher Certification. She has taught grades 1-7 in the regular and also the gifted classrooms in ECISD for the past 24 years."