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The State of Ohio’s definition of “Gifted” as listed in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3301-51-15:

“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 under division (a), (b), (c), or (d) of section 3324.03 of the Revised Code.

It is our mission to meet the educational needs of gifted students and their parents by providing leadership and support services to district personnel. All districts must have an adopted plan/policy on file with ODE as required by OAC 3301-51-15. Also, a revision of the Operating Standards took effect in March 2008 (from the former Rule for Gifted Identification, January, 2000 which replaced the Ohio Rule for Gifted Identification from 1984.) The Operating Standard, which mandate gifted identification K-12 specifically state how students are to be identified as gifted. Districts must have their verification forms (District Policy and Assessment Brochure) on file and available upon request. The gifted coordinators from the ECOESC are available to complete and/or assist with this documentation.

General educators designated as providers of gifted services must receive qualifying professional development in these competencies:

(a) The ability to differentiate instruction based on a student’s readiness, knowledge and skill level, including using accelerated content, complexity, depth, challenge, creativity and abstractness;

(b) The ability to select, adapt or create a variety of differentiated curricula that incorporate advanced, conceptually challenging, in-depth, distinctive and complex content;

(c) The ability to provide an extension or replacement of the general education curriculum, to modify the learning process through strategies, such as curriculum compacting and to select alternative assignments and projects based on individual student needs;

(d) The ability to understand the social and emotional needs of students who are gifted and to address the impact of those needs on student learning;

(e) The ability to recognize and respond to the characteristics and needs of students from traditionally underrepresented populations who are gifted and create safe and culturally responsive learning environments;

(f) The ability to use data from a variety of sources to measure and monitor the growth of students who are gifted;

(g) The ability to select, use and interpret technically sound formal and informal assessments to inform academic decision-making; and

(h) The ability to participate in the development of the Written Education Plan.

Google Classroom Gifted PD

Contact: Sarah Spies or Marina Colombo
Cost: Districts will be invoiced based on the number of hours completed per person at the end of the academic year. Must have a PO to register.
1-3 hours: $50
4-8 hours: $100
9-15 hours: $150
Synopsis: Educators can complete Gifted Professional Development Hours on their district’s own Google Classroom. 


Lori Robson
Executive Director of Educational Services
Phone: (330) 308-9939 x 8209

Lisa Burrell
Belmont, Carroll Co. Gifted Coordinator
Phone: (330) 308-9939 x 8216

Marina Colombo
Tuscarawas Co. Gifted Coordinator
Phone: (330) 308-9939 x 8214

Rachel Winters
Belmont, Guernsey Co. Gifted Coordinator
Phone: (740) 489-5100 x 1043



Ohio Association for Gifted Children
Since 1952, The Ohio Association for Gifted Children has been working with families and educators to promote the best interest of gifted children.

It is the only organization in Ohio dedicated to gifted education advocacy.

National Association for Gifted Children
NAGC is the nation’s leading organization focused on the needs of gifted and talented children. Dedicated to uplifting and empowering those who support children with advanced abilities, NAGC provides energizing professional learning, impactful research, and inspiring advocacy to ensure all children have equitable opportunities and support to develop their gifts and talents.

Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted
WHAT IS SENG? SENG is a nonprofit network of people who guide gifted, talented, and twice-exceptional individuals to reach their goals intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually