Gifted and Talented Notes

Beth Gasior & Jackie Galbreath, Gifted Resource Specialists

Welcome to GT Notes!

In order to provide you with information and resources, this newsletter will include information about upcoming events, enrichment opportunities and resources you can use within your classroom. You can also access information about GT testing, identification, program information, and teaching and learning resources at our website: CCS Gifted and Talented Department. Scroll to the bottom for information about free online CEU opportunities related to gifted education.

Academic Enrichment Options

The GT department has many resources to integrate enrichment opportunities within your classroom and daily teaching (see below). Please let me know via email at jgalbreath3825@columbus.k12.oh.us if you would like to offer these opportunities to your students. I can provide information, guidelines, lessons, resources and sample parent letters. More information on our elementary math competition is forthcoming as we are revising the format.

MORE ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

INVENTION CONVENTION

Invention Convention is a statewide program designed to inspire, encourage, reward, and recognize students in grades k-8 for using their creativity and imagination in developing new solutions to everyday problems. All lessons are taught within the classroom by the classroom teacher. Classroom and school-wide Invention Conventions are held to determine winners to represent each school at the district Invention Convention, usually held in March. I can serve as a resource to guide the organizing of a class or school Invention Convention. More information can be found at http://inventionconvention.org/.


DEBATE

Debate is an option available for 5th through 8th grade students. Our district holds two debate competitions. The first is scheduled for December 7, 2015 at Capital University and the second is usually held in May. All debate lessons are taught within the classroom. A teacher or community volunteer can also lead a debate team. Or, debate resources are available to teach within the classroom if you are not ready to send students to a competition.

GIFTED IDENTIFICATION AND TESTING

Do you have a student you would like to recommend for gifted testing? The first deadline for referrals is SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. These students will be tested between October 1, 2015 and February 28, 2016. We are only accepting referrals for superior cognitive testing, creative thinking and science and/or social studies. MAP testing will be used for identification in reading and math at all grade levels K-8. Visit the CCS Gifted and Talented website for more information and to download testing referral forms. Also, email me at jgalbreath3825@columbus.k12.oh.us and I can help with the submission of testing referrals.

FREE ONLINE CEU OPPORTUNITIES

The district is providing you with 6 hours of access to the GT Ignite online library of courses for professional development. There are 1-hour, 3-hour, and 6-hour courses available, so please review the library before making any selections.


  • Select topics that you feel are most relevant for you
  • Courses can be taken online at your convenience
  • You’ll receive CEU credits for every course you take

To begin, you will need to acquire a username and password. To do this, click the link below and use the registration code to complete the form.

Registration Code: 3809ccsd16002023

Link: http://gtignite.responsivelearning.com/SelfRegistration/


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