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ARCHIVE: Introduction to Talent Development in MPS (TDAA Certificate Program)

  • Davis Center - TBD 1250 West Broadway Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55411 United States (map)


What is talent development and how does it differ from the traditional paradigm of gifted and talented education? This course will engage educators in a new perspective on the nature of talent and how it can be developed in all learners. We will outline the MPS Levels of Service model for talent development and delve into strategies for enriching core curriculum with students authentic, real-world interests. Research-based characteristics of advanced learners and the rationale for identifying them in Minneapolis Public Schools will also be explored.

To earn the MPS Certificate in Talent Development and Advanced Learner Education, this course is one of the required 30 hours of training in addition to the portfolio.

This course is a required pre-requisite for:

  1. Foundations in Advanced Learner Education
  2. Tiering Lessons for Advanced Learners

Participants will:

  • Explain the nature of talent and how it is developed.
  • Differentiate between the MPS Levels of Service.
  • Assess my students' interest and plan Level I and II learning opportunities for them.
  • Recognize the unique cognitive and affective learning needs of diverse advanced learners.
  • Explain why and how MPS identifies diverse advanced learners.
  • Relate the unique learning needs of advanced learners to Level III and IV services.

Target audience

K-12 Teachers


Davis Center - TBD

Registration Information

Register for the training on eCompass. Search course #80174 and section #112905.


Kelly McQuillan, Christina Ramsey