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Curriculum, Gifted, and Resident Educator Services

Dr. Dan Michael 
(513)695-2900 ext. 2910

Karen McKinley
(513)695-2900 ext 2913 

The WCESC Curriculum Department Staff provided services in the following areas:
  • Academic Content Standards
  • Mentor Program/Entry Year Teacher Support-Pathwise and Ohio First Training
  • Comprehensive Data Analysis of School Information
  • Assessment Consulting
  • Professional Resource Library
  • Staff Development
  • Assist/Support Teacher Improvement
  • Demonstration Teaching
  • Grant Writing and Support
  • Substitute Teacher Training
  • Online Professional Development
  • English as a Second Language
  • Leadership Training and Support
  • OGT Tutoring
  • Master Teacher Program Consortium
  • OIP Training-Ohio Improvement Process
  • Walkthroughs and Walkthrough Training
  • Distance Learning Professional Development

Identifying the Gifted Child - In 1984, the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation that required school districts to identify gifted children. In 1999, the identification law was updated and more guidelines were added to make the identification process more equal across the state. In 2007, the Ohio Department of Education did a review of the procedures for implementing the gifted law. As a result, new Operating Standards were developed and approved and became effective on July 1, 2008. These new Operating Standards set the guidelines for how to implement the Ohio law for gifted.

Ohio’s Definition of Gifted - “Gifted” means students who perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment and who are identified in one or more of the following areas according to Ohio’s identification criteria:

*Superior Cognitive Ability
*Specific Academic Ability (Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies)
*Creative Thinking Ability
*Visual or Performing Arts Ability

WCESC Gifted Services:

*Provide testing for placement in G/T services
*Assist districts in the process for subject and grade acceleration
*Provide E-mail and telephone consultations with districts
*Consult and provide resource materials to gifted intervention specialists
*Assist with decision-making and development of policy/guidelines for gifted
*Assist districts for compliance with accountability requirements for gifted
*Provide staff development
*Provide enrichment opportunities for students
*Administer EXPLORE Test for 5th and 6th grade students
*Communicate with parents, school personnel, and others about characteristics and educational needs of gifted students
*Provide link to county, region, and state gifted education network



Internet Resources

Hoagies Gifted Education Home Page     www.hoagiesgifted.org
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)      www.nagc.org
Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC)     www.oagc.com
SENG: Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted Children     www.sengifted.org
Davidson Institute     www.ditd.org
Ohio Department of Education     www.ode.state.oh.us
Wright State University      www.wright.edu/academics/precollege
The Super Saturday Program     www.supersaturday.org
Midwest Academic Talent Search
Northwestern University     www.ctd.northwestern.edu/numats/