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Gifted Services Offering More Online Professional Development


Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is providing our client districts the opportunity to learn from the comforts of their own home. There are two options, the first are several book studies utilizing Google Classroom, while the second is a menu of choices that present information in various formats before asking the participant to apply their learning to their classroom. All of these opportunities are free to those districts in the Mid-Ohio ESC gifted model. Educators can use these resources to earn gifted hours and also earn credit hours from Ashland University for an additional fee. 

Leanna Ferreira, Mid-Ohio ESC Gifted Services Consultant, said, “The book studies have proven very popular, averaging 70 teachers participating for each book during last school year, so we decided to continue with this method of professional development.” However, new this year is a menu of independent assignments covering a range of topics. Participants can read through the summaries and decide what is of most interest to them or what best meets the needs of the gifted students in their classroom. Each assignment ranges from one hour of PD to five hours of PD. 

Educators participating in the professional development will get training on these topics with more expected to be added throughout the year: 

  • Motivating a Reluctant Reader 

  • STEM Open-Ended Math Problems 

  • Virtual Learning for Gifted Students 

  • Extension Menus 

The first book study, Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom from Susan Winebrenner, just opened up June 1st and is available through August 15th. Other books are slated for the year, including Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students: A Handbook for the 21st-Century Classroom. On September 24th, Mid-Ohio ESC will host Project-Based Learning author Todd Stanley for a 1-day workshop. Details about the workshop will be coming at a later date, as well as registration information and cost. 

Although anyone is able to participate, these resources are specifically designed to provide professional development to teachers who are serving gifted students. Interested educators can sign up for these opportunities at www.moesc.net/register. Anyone with questions about any of the professional development or registration can contact Leanna Ferreira at 419-774-5520 ex. 2481 or by emailing ferreira.leanna@moesc.net

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