GERD meetings have taken the place of gifted teacher meetings for the Gifted Education Department at the Jefferson County ESC. Gifted programs have almost vanished in the area, so the coordinators have created professional development seminars for teachers interested in Gifted, Enrichment, Response to Intervention (Intelligence), and Differentiated Instruction (GERD). The GERD days are held four times during the year. These hands-on seminars enable members to create material for "Brain Boxes" and gather knowledge on higher level thinking (HLT), rigor, technology, and changes in the law.
Special GERD meetings have familiarized teachers with how to use the Virtual Learning Academy as an enrichment and higher level thinking tool.