Gifted Guild is about growth in our educational practice and coming together as a community of educators. We believe that recognition of that growth is most effective when it goes beyond proof of attendance and becomes a part of our professional identity.
To that end, Gifted Guild recognizes educators’ achievements through a progression of levels that align with the guild structure of the middle ages. This is particularly appropriate for educators, as the first guilds were associations of artisans as well as merchants. We recognize that teaching is both art and science.
As a member of Gifted Guild, you will progress through seven levels based on courses completed, time in the guild, and (at higher levels) additional tasks.
|Apprentice||5 courses||3 months|
|Craftsman||15 courses||1 year||Reflection on practice development|
|Journeyman||25 courses||2 years||Design a lesson|
|Fellow||35 courses||3.5 years||Colleague evaluation|
|Master||50 courses||5 years||Create a video|
The levels become increasingly more challenging, culminating in the Master level, in which educators are expected to be contributing to the educational practice development of other educators.
Each level has a course requirement, extensions, and time requirements. These are in place to make progression through the levels reflect a commitment to gifted education that goes far beyond simply accumulating clock hours of professional development.
- Beginner: Once you sign up for your first Gifted Guild course, you’re a Beginner.
- Novice: Simply complete one Guild course.
- Apprentice: Complete five courses from five different categories over a period of at least three months.
- Craftsman: Complete fifteen courses and write a reflection on your practice development through the Guild. You must also read and reflect upon one books from the reading list, integrating its ideas into practice. The time requirement for the Craftsman level is one year.
- Journeyman: This is an advanced level of practice that requires completion of twenty-five courses, the design of a project or lesson that demonstrates advanced understanding of gifted education pedagogy, and a book requirement similar to that required for Craftsman. The time requirement for Journeyman is two years.
- Fellow: At the Fellow level, you’ve demonstrated a deep and profound mastery of the teaching of the gifted, as demonstrated through the completion of thirty courses, evaluations by a colleague, students, and administrator, the creation of a video, and the same book requirement as the previous two levels. You will need three-and-a-half years to attain this level.
- Master: Master is the culminating level of recognition in Gifted Guild. Fifty courses must be completed, representing 100 hours of educational practice development. Additionally, Masters will have produced a video to assist other professionals, a lesson plan for beginning educators of the gifted, and the same book requirement as the previous three levels. The time requirement for this level is five years.
NOTE: It is possible that the requirements for level advancement will change. If the changes make advancement less rigorous, Guild members will be allowed to use the new requirements. If the changes make advancement more rigorous, Guild members at the Craftsman level or higher will be allowed to continue with the level structure in place, as long as they retain continuous membership in the Guild.
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