Gifted Advocate

March 2015

God, Flag, and Country Speech Competition

Last year was my first experience with this competition, and I was moved by the sharing of personal experiences by the participants. Whether it is a class assignment or an individual choice, students 10-15 years of age have the opportunity to participate in the Fraternal Order of Eagles #302 local competition. This event will be held on Friday, February 27, at the John McIntire Library in Zanesville. If you have not received student materials from your gifted intervention specialist, please email me. Please send participants' names and ages to me by February 11. susan.Larson@mvesc.org

2014 Local Winners

Poetry Contest

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood..." Robert Frost

The Zane's Trace Consortium for the Gifted (ZTCG) is once again sponsoring a poetry contest for elementary and middle school gifted students being served in English Language Arts. Awards will be given to the first through third place winners in each grade level group (3/4, 5/6, 7/8). Poems and lists of entries are due April 1. Please email me for more information. susan.larson@mvesc.org

Art and Academic Showcase

The second annual Art and Academic Showcase sponsored by the Muskingum Valley ESC Gifted Program will be held on Tuesday, May 19, at Ohio University Zanesville & Zane State Colleges in the Campus Center building. Local gifted students will display their independent and Visual Arts projects. Also, several of our musically gifted students will provide entertainment throughout the evening.

Districts may choose to offer this opportunity to students. A good starting place is with the students who have been identified in Superior Cognitive or Visual Performing Arts (music, dance, drama, or visual art). We have materials to help the students get started. The teacher's role is strictly facilitation.

Written Education Plan (WEP) Assistance

Compliance with the writing of the required WEPs has been a priority for districts this year. A WEP must be written and implemented in order to report service. Please email me if you need individual assistance in this process. susan.Larson@mvesc.org

Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Do you want your students to be engaged, self-directed learners? Learn more about the five core elements of successful PBL. http://www.edutopia.org/video/five-keys-rigorous-project-based-learning

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OAGC Spring Teacher Academy 2015

The Ohio Association for Gifted Children is proud to present the 14th annual OAGC Teacher Academy. The Teacher Academy offers a good blend of practical and research-based sessions for gifted intervention specialists and regular classroom teachers. This year, the OAGC Teacher Academy will be held on March 30 and March 31, 2015. The academy will feature a number of sessions addressing current needs, such as gifted student growth strategies, differentiation, Ohio Learning Standards and gifted education, student learning objectives, and more. A full list of session speakers and tentative descriptions along with this registration form will be available at the OAGC Web site in February. http://www.oagc.com/teacherAcademy.asp

Differentiated Instruction

A Differentiated Approach to the Common Core: How do I help a broad range of learners succeed with challenging curriculum? (ASCD Arias)

In a mere 57 pages, Carol Ann Tomlinson and Marcia B. Imbeau outline eight steps in a differentiated approach to the Common Core and provide a self-reflection checklist:

Step 1: Planning to “Teach Up”

Step 2: Developing Learning Targets

Step 3: Designing Lessons

Step 4: Assessing Formatively

Step 5: Refining Instruction

Step 6: Scaffolding and Extending Challenge

Step 7: Assessing Summatively

Step 8: Leading and Managing for Success with Challenge


Encore: A Checklist for Reflecting on the Eight Steps for Differentiating Common Core Instruction

Read more: http://www.ascd.org/Publications/Books/Overview/A-Differentiated-Approach-to-the-Common-Core.aspx#video

Muskingum Valley ESC Distance Learning Opportunities

Check out the upcoming Distance Learning opportunities that MVESC has to offer.

February Professional Development for the Muskingum Valley ESC Curriculum Department

Check out the professional development opportunities that the MVESC Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Department has available in February.

"You don’t have the moral right to hold one child back to make another child feel better." – Stephanie Tolan

Susan Larson, Gifted Coordinator

Nancy Conaway & Bill Williamson, Gifted Consultants