Gifted and Talented
Certified Gifted and Talented Coordinators are available to districts to do identification and provide professional learning for classroom teachers on meeting the needs of all children. The coordinators of the Talented and Gifted Services for Children have provided, in accordance with state rules:
(a) Assistance in the identification and selection of services.
(b) Inform parent(s) and others about the characteristics and educational needs of gifted children through the provision of resource materials, conferences, and in-service meetings with staff, administrators, and parents.
(c) Consult with school personnel about ways to develop and adapt curriculum, use of appropriate teaching strategies and materials for gifted children in the regular classroom.
(d) Coordinate direct service activities for gifted children – i.e., Destination Imagination/OM, school science projects and fairs, special independent activity experiences, advanced coursework, and career exploration.
(e) Develop educational evaluation and accountability procedures, curriculum and staff development activities, and instruction or classroom management strategies.
(f) Provide teaching demonstrations to model appropriate teaching practices (especially problem solving and critical and creative thinking skills).
(g) Assisting school personnel in the on-going evaluation of the effectiveness of gifted education services for the child. All coordinators were actively involved in the development of each district’s Policy and Plan according to the new legislative mandates.
(h) Serve as a liaison among children who are gifted school personnel, parents, community members, colleges and universities, industry, business and cultural institutions, and other interested publics.
For more information contact Leanna Giesige, 419-774-5520 extension 2520.