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Gifted Services Offering More Online Professional Development

Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is providing 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 an a la carte menu of choices that present information in various formats before asking the participant to apply their learning to their classroom. 

Sherri Richter, Gifted Educational Consultant and book study designer says, “We are able to give them the tools that enable them to nurture and meet the needs of their gifted students on their own timetable.” 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. 

Those interested 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, while book studies are 15 hours of PD. 
 
The first book study, Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom from Susan Winebrenner, opens up June 1st and is available through August 15th. Other books slated for the year include Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education, Thinking Like a Lawyer, and Intelligent Life in the Classroom.

Leanna Ferreira, Mid-Ohio ESC Gifted Educational Consultant, said this method has been a real success. “Each year we have teachers share with us their appreciation for the quality of information they learn within an easy format.  This is one of the most rewarding aspects of our role as we are positively impacting the growth of not only gifted learners, but all learners.”
 
A teacher in a recent study said they highly enjoyed the learning and the format. “Not only did I earn an AU credit, but I was able to laugh, relax, and learn more about my gifted learners and how to increase their engagement in my classroom.”

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.