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Gifted & Talented Services
For member districts, the ESC of the Western Reserve provides leadership, consultation and support for the design, implementation, evaluation and coordination of district gifted and talented services and programs through a Gifted Coordinator.

Our mission is to promote and support districts in providing a continuum of high quality services for gifted and talented students throughout their K-12 educational experience.

  • Review and revision of policy and procedures for gifted identification and service
  • Program development and service options based on district gifted population and needs
  • Collaboration with school staff concerning student acceleration and testing procedures
  • Assistance with EMIS data reporting and Gifted Self-Reports for ODE
  • Provide curriculum support to teachers through best practices for gifted learners, including strategies to differentiate instruction
  • Facilitate professional development that address the unique needs of the district
  • Serve as liaison between state and school district in regards to policies and legislation
  • Conduct program evaluation and needs analysis for instructional planning
  • Assistance with the development of Written Education Plans for gifted students
  • Communicate to teachers, parents, and administration the needs and rights of gifted students
  • Consult with teachers, parents, and administration about gifted education
Resources for Educators and Parents of the Gifted
Supporting Gifted Learners during Remote Learning
 Updated April 20, 2020 Note: New additions are in BLUE.
As Ohio moves into remote learning and support of students during this time of school closures, it is good to consider how we might address the strengths and needs of our students identified as gifted. The resources shared below provide some possibilities to consider. Please check back as needed because we will be updating this page as necessary in the coming days. Don't hesitate to email our gifted coordinator, Tricia Ebner, at [email protected] if you have questions. 
Also, please remember to follow and honor district requirements and Ohio and federal laws regarding Internet resources for children. Please do not consider this listing to be an endorsement or recommendation.  
Planning for Remote Learning: 
For considerations and strategies to use in supporting gifted learners in remote learning, this document provides some suggestions.
The Ohio Department of Education has released a Remote Learning Resource Guide (April 3). Page 19 includes resources specifically for children identified as gifted. 
The Center for Teaching Quality is providing a series entitled "Keys to Online Learning." The first webinar in the series is being offered this Wednesday, April 15, at 7:00 PM ET.  These are free webinars, developed and facilitated by practicing classroom teachers who are working through the challenges of a quick switch to remote learning, just as we are here in Ohio.
"Office Hours" for Support on Gifted: Tricia Ebner, Gifted Coordinator with the ESC of the Western Reserve, is offering "office hours" at 9:00 AM on Fridays. Stop in to ask a question, collaborate on an idea or strategy to use with gifted kids in remote learning, or touch base on any other aspects of supporting gifted kids. This is not a formal presentation; stop by any time during the office hours window and leave when you need to. These hours are being held via Zoom. Please note that on April 3, office hours will run from 9:00-10:00 AM. There will be no office hours on April 10. Beginning April 17, office hours will be held from 9:00-11:00 AM.
Quality Matters has provided this checklist of considerations, tips, and steps to take in moving to remote learning.  They also offer a 3-minute video explaining how this checklist can be helpful. 
NAGC, the National Association for Gifted Children, is offering a free webinar on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 PM, focusing on meeting the needs of gifted learners in grades 4-8.  
Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development is sharing a blog, "10 Tips for Getting Started Online Successfully,". They are also offering two webinars. On Thursday, April 2, they are offering a live Zoom Q&A called "Ask a CTD Online Gifted Educator: Taking Enrichment, Acceleration, and Assessment Online," from 11:00-11:40 Central time. On Thursday, April 9, they are offering another Zoom presentation entitled "Choosing and Using Online Tools in Gifted Education and Talent Development, also from 11:00 to 11:40 Central time. 
Stanford University has provided resources to support developing an online classroom. These resources include videos, webinars (including a schedule of upcoming webinars as well as recorded past webinars), a checklist for remote learning plans, best practices, and a page devoted to common tech troubles. 
Duke University, known for its Talent Identification Program, has shared this blog on taking a course into an online platform. 
SAGE Publishing is sharing this resource regarding teaching online. 
Resources to Use in Remote Learning:
  • The ESC of the Western Reserve has published a Google site housing a variety of supports, including a set of enrichment activities teachers or parents may want to invite students to do. Each week a new set of activities, centered around a particular theme, will be released for each of four grade bands: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  
  • Prufrock Press is continuing to offer free webinars, some featuring Ohio or former Ohio educators, like Todd Stanley and Deb and Jim Delisle.  These are typically on Tuesdays at 4:00 PM Eastern time (web site says 3:00 PM because Prufrock is based in the central time zone.) Most will last 30-45 minutes. 
  • PBS Learning Media have put together classroom resources to support students and teachers. Take a look at the link to see what's available. 
  • A National Emergency Library has been released, allowing students  access to books without a waitlist during this time of closure. This resource might be especially helpful to students who have internet access but do not have resources to purchase books right now.
  • The Kentucky Association of Gifted Education has shared this resource as a collection of possible activities for students identified as gifted in a number of areas. If you are looking for possible enrichment or stretch activities for your gifted learners, this might be a good place to start. The Gifted Guru blog post linked in the K-12 column provides some excellent ideas for consideration when implementing remote learning. Her model lesson "Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch" might give you some ideas of how to develop and structure activities for students. The Smithsonian Learning Lab is also a valuable resources you may want to utilize.  
  • The president of the Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education has provided this message, with PDF files as exemplars, for consideration of ways to provide something enriching, creative, and meaningful to them.  The association's resources tab on the web page also includes a number of resources on educational strategies you may find helpful. 
  • The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented has also provided a page with links and resources which may be helpful for school closures.
  • INFOhio, a free resource available to all Ohio school districts, provides all kinds of free electronic resources. This page includes a list of  webinars, information about linking resources from INFOhio to most LMS platforms or school websites, and login directions. INFOhio is updating this regularly, so it is worth revising from time to time. 
  • Exquisite Minds is a blog and website devoted to gifted children and their learning. This resources page highlights "mostly free" resources available.  
  • Scholastic has made projects available for learning at home, releasing one per day over the course of the next few weeks. Currently daily projects and activities are available for two full weeks. 
  • Ohio's own Todd Stanley, "The Gifted Guy," has as a number of resources available on his website as well. This page focuses on enrichment, with videos on learning sudoku and how to play chess.  
  • The National Inventors Hall of Fame shares this blog focused on STEM activities.  
  • Many of Ohio's museums and zoos are providing virtual programs right now. This page lists the activities and events available virtually.  
  • Ditch that Textbook Digital Seminars: This is a collection of over 50 presentations from a virtual conference. The links include PDF notes from the sessions on all kinds of topics, including PBL and creativity. Dina Brulles, who is the Interim Governance Secretary for the NAGC Board of Directors, recommends this resource.  
  • Johns Hopkins and its Center for Talented Youth have shared this book list: "Good Books for Bright Kids." This might be a great resource to use for your learners or share with parents for their consideration.  
  • Support for parents and families: Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented is offering Facebook Live CHATs on Tuesdays, beginning March 31 and lasting through April.  These chats begin at 7:00 PM central time (8:00 PM Eastern) and last for about a half hour. 
  •  The Smithsonian has put together a page of distance learning resources that may be useful, on a page dedicated solely to supporting distance learning during the pandemic. 
  • Brian Housand, Ph.D. who has written for NAGC in the past, has this page of 20 free content resources. 
  • Prufrock Press has made this set of resources available for free right now.  It's targeted to grades 3-6.
  • MENSA has opened its MENSA for Kids' Excellence in Reading program to everyone. This is open to everyone, whether a member of MENSA or not. It's quite a list of books; for avid readers who just can't get enough, this may be a wonderful motivator and way of being recognized. 
Ohio-Specific Information regarding Services
College Credit Plus: Updated guidance regarding CCP offerings, deadlines, eligibility, etc.  
AP Supports: If you have students identified as gifted in AP courses, or if you are an AP teacher, these resources may be useful to you. 
Supporting AP Student Learning During School Closure: A quick reference sheet for educators 
AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus: Updates from the College Board regarding AP instructional support, testing deadlines, and resources. 
Social and Emotional Support: Some gifted children are particular sensitive to current events and crises, so the closures and actions aimed at protecting our overall community and country may be especially challenging for some.  See the links below for blog posts and resources that may be helpful in supporting students (and any of us) during this challenging time. If a child is experiencing especially intense emotions regarding the coronavirus and closures, there are professionals available to provide help and support. 
A review of overexcitabilities and a strategy for addressing them: Regina Hellinger provides this strategy to help children better understand and work with their sensitivity in a blog updated in 2019. Her post begins with a link to an article reviewing the emotional overexcitability. 
ODE has provided some resources and suggestions on its page How to Support Your Child's Health and Well-Being During Ohio's Ordered School-Building Closure.  
The World Health Organization and partners have put together this resource for information and parenting tips.  
Cultivating Calm Amidst a Storm:  This blog post by Nicole A. Tetreault, Ph.D., discusses the impact of our quickly-changing times on our nervous systems, providing an explanation of the physical and nervous system impacts. She also provides some practical tips to help gifted students - and anyone - in handling this time of social distancing and changes to deeply-rooted routines and expectations. 
The National Association of School Psychologists has assembled this list of resources for use by parents, teachers, school administrators, crisis response and intervention teams, and more.  
Part of the resources the National Association of School Psychologists has included is this guide for parents to consider in talking about COVID-19 with children.  
Contact Information
Tricia Ebner
Gifted Consultant  
Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve

8221 Auburn Road, Concord Township, Ohio 44077
Phone: 440.350.2563
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