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Klein ISD Advanced Academics Instructional Officer Receives National Recognition

Instructional Officer for Advanced Academic Services Kathleen Plott has been recognized by the National Association of Gifted Children as the recipient of the Gifted Coordinator Award. 

This national recognition is awarded to distinguished district administrators of gifted and talented education who demonstrate and lead significant contributions to gifted students in a school district.  

“Kathleen is not only a true champion of gifted learners, but she is also frequently called upon to communicate and educate stakeholders including campus parent meetings, professional development workshops, state and national level advisory boards, as well as intentionally planning with her team to help support and lead campus-level educators in serving their advanced-level learners,” Klein ISD Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown said. “Her innovative mind is always seeking ways to bring opportunities into Klein ISD that enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building, and research.” 

Kathleen’s numerous contributions to the excellence of learning and leading in Klein ISD include the development of district-wide programming that meets the needs of gifted students; identification practices the minimize bias, articulation, and programming that meets the academic and affective needs of gifted learners; professional development and specialized support for teachers and principals regarding the needs of advanced learners, and advocacy within the district for gifted education and gifted children. 

“I am honored to be recognized by NAGC for reimagining learning for our gifted/talented and advanced course learners here in Klein ISD,” Kathleen said. “Working alongside the incredibly talented Advanced Academic Services and G/T Guiding Coalition teams, we are ensuring that EVERY student has the opportunity to achieve through challenge, equity, and with continuous improvement in pursuit of their passion to exit with their purpose.”

The Gifted Coordinator Award is presented to administrators who develop gifted programs, use research-based identification protocols, provide ongoing professional development on the needs of gifted children, and advocate for those children in the district and the wider community.

“The NAGC awards program shines a light on those who are making a difference,” NAGC Board President Sally Krisel said. “These administrators are leaders who are changing practices and making a difference for all gifted and talented children in their districts.”


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