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Gifted Education

 

The state of Ohio defines a gifted student as one who “performs or shows potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment.” Being gifted and teaching or parenting gifted children each bring a unique set of challenges.

 

The state of Ohio also has rules, regulations, and policies around Gifted Education. Gifted children deserve to have an appropriately challenging educational experience. Sorting through the rules and focusing on what’s best for gifted students can sometimes be a challenge for teachers and administrators. 

 

Our Gifted Specialists at Butler County Educational Services Center can help you overcome those challenges and help your gifted students flourish.

 

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Brandi Clark at (513) 896-2323.

 

 

Updates

 
August 2022
 
 
If you watched this video, you've met Rylee. You may have had a Rylee in your class, or you may have a student who is like Rylee in your class this school year.
 
In recent years, students like Rylee have been labeled as twice exceptional. For students like Rylee, who excel in some areas but may have learning difficulties in other areas, the problem is compounded by the paradoxical nature of their intellect and a system not equipped to cater to their unique learning needs.
 
Allow me to share a personal story with you about my own son, Ethan. When Ethan entered kindergarten he had a rough year. He would often get frustrated when he could not complete simple fine motor tasks and retreat to an area of the classroom and hide. On the other hand he was able to articulate scientific facts about a variety of different scientific topics that would impress any scientist today.
 
We survived kindergarten, barely. As Ethan continued school he continued to have issues in school such as focusing or what some teachers would even call “lazy.” On the flip side, he continued to excel in science and I swear this kid could teach a math class. Every year he would have grades or test scores to test for gifted education, but would never get the scores to qualify on standardized tests.
 
Luckily, I followed my mom's gut and knew that Ethan had many qualities of a gifted student but also had many characteristics of a child with ADHD. Ethan went all the way to fifth grade before he qualified for gifted education, a service he should have probably been receiving since second grade.
 
This happened through no fault of his teachers, but was due to the lack of training in helping teachers identify these types of students and how to work with them. We can change the system though by providing teachers with professional development on this topic — that's where I come in.
 
Join me this September for our first gifted professional development session, Cracking the Code - Strategies for Teaching Twice Exceptional Learners. Through this session we will gain a better understanding of what a twice-exceptional learner is and strategies to help meet the needs of these students. I will be offering several more professional development opportunities throughout the school year to help you meet the needs of your gifted learners. In the meantime, if I can be of any assistance to you this school year, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
 
- Brandi Clark
 
We can help you meet gifted education requirements under the state regulations. The following services offer a range of support, which can be provided directly to the district-appointed gifted education coordinator/administrator and gifted intervention specialists, as well as general education teachers who work with gifted students.
 
Hands-On Gifted Coordination
 
  • Full support and coordination of gifted programming. 
  • Oversight of compliance with state regulations. 
  • Coordination of testing procedures, reports, record-keeping, Written Education Plans (WEPs), and high-quality professional development.
  • Interacts with administrators, teachers, parents, and students around gifted issues.

Assistive Gifted Coordination

  • Interacts with administrators and teachers about gifted issues. 
  • Provides information and recommendations regarding gifted compliance issues. 
  • Assists in the completion of gifted reports and provides guidance on best practices and research about gifted issues. 
  • Oversees the writing of WEPs and assists teachers in creating them. 
  • May deliver some gifted professional development.

Consultative Gifted Coordination 

  • Consultation with and support of the District Gifted Administrator, providing recommendations, assistance with gifted reports and WEPs, review of procedure and connections to best practices. 
  • May deliver limited professional development.
 
Gifted Consultation 

  • Consultation on gifted compliance issues. 
  • Provides guidance on best practices and research about gifted issues. 
  • Advice to administrators on gifted identification, service delivery models, and WEPs.
 
Gifted Audit
 
  • Reviews and submits a report of the district's compliance with state gifted regulations, including strengths and recommendations for improvement.