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OAGC Members can now Access NAGC Webinars

Parents I hope that you will join OAGC and take advantage of the benefits.

As a new OAGC membership benefit, all OAGC members have free access to the NAGC Webinars on Wednesdays!  To obtain the access code, simply log in to the OAGC website, click on the general membership area and the NAGC WOW access code will be posted. Use this unique code to register for the NAGC webinars. The first webinar begins on June 10th, 2015.

If you do not know your OAGC membership log in, please contact Kay Tarbutton at .

Note: If you cannot watch a webinar live, you can sign up for it and watch it later when you can.

Upcoming webinars:

Wednesday, Sept. 16
Acceleration: Making Informed Decisions
Ann Lupkowski Shoplik, Administrator, Acceleration Institute, Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Thursday, Sept. 24
Creative Underachievers and the Fashion of Passion
Sylvia Rimm, Director, Family Achievement Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Wednesday, Sept. 30
Scientifically Speaking: Best Practices For Science Education with High-Ability Children
Steve Coxon, Associate Professor and Director of Programs in Gifted Education, Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri

Wednesday, Oct. 7
Friendship, Character, Spirituality, and Integrity: Paths to Overall Well-being
Janette Boazman, Chair, Education Department, Assistant Professor of Education, University of Dallas, Irving, Texas

Wednesday, Oct. 14
How to Start Homeschooling Your Gifted Child
Suki Wessling, Writer, San Francisco, California

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The New 2015-16 Bus Schedule

Here is the 2015-16 bus schedule for all Enrichment Students.

ENRICHMENT SCHEDULE2015 2016   Google Sheets

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Some Gifted Characteristics


I started reading a really great book called Designing Defensible Classroom Programs for Gifted Secondary School Learners. As I started really reading this book, I saw some charts that I think every teacher and parent should see. 

These charts have descriptors on them that describe Cognitive, Creative, and Social-Emotional Characteristics of gifted children. It also has an area on the chart that describes the type of learning environment that is best suited for that learner. 

Here are the 3 Different Gifted Characteristics charts. I hope that you can check them out and recognize which learning style is best for your students and/or your own child.



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Susan Winebrenner is Coming to Findlay

Susan Winnerbrenner Flyer



On Febuary 16th Susan Winebrenner will be at Glenwood Middle School. She is speaking to teachers and parents. She is the author of many books such as Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom

Here is a printable Susan Winebrenner Flyer.


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OAGC Tweetchat

oagctdchat   Home


For the past few months the Ohio Association for Gifted Children has been hosting a tweetchat on twitter. The tweetchat is called #oagctdchat. This chat is for parents and teachers. The idea is connect with each other, and share our experiences and joys of our love of gifted children.

You can find all the information on the #oagctdchat here. The chat is twice a month on Sunday’s at 9pm EST. As the moderator of this chat, I hope that you would join us. The next chat is Feb. 8th.

Please share this with your friends, parents, and teachers.

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Differntiation Strategies

Here are some differentiation resources for your consideration. I recieved these in an email from Laurie Westphal. With her permission, I am posting her information below.

She is the author of Differentiating Instruction With Menus. She a great website that is very useful as well.


“The ultimate aim of education is creation of the power of self-control.” John Dewey

“A key principle of differentiation is that all students are moving toward the same instructional objectives” (Moon, 2005, p. 231).

“Asking the right questions has an enormous impact on how we pursue equity and excellence in our classrooms.” Carol Ann Tomlinson

“What is fair isn’t always equal.” Rick Wormeli

“Fun isn’t the objective. It’s the result of great teaching!” Bertie Kingore

“When all kids have the same answers, I have no clue what they really know.” Bertie Kingore


Differentiation and Learning Styles:

Popular Low-Prep v. High prep list:

List of differentiation activities 4-12:

List of differentiation activities K-4:

Website of differentiation strategies:

Bloom’s Questions Starters:

Differentiated School by Carol Ann Tomlinson, Kay Brimijoin and Lane Narvaez

Chart for what is differentiation, what is it not?

Busting Myths about Differentiated Instruction:

Ideas for managing DI classroom: obstacles for leading DI Classroom, Ways to assign groups, managing questions, handling paperwork, possible anchor activities (p. 8)

Differentiation: A Way of Thinking About the Classroom

“Deciding to Teach Them All” Tomlinson

“What is the best advice you can give to a teacher about differentiating instruction?” (Tomlinson/Wormeli)

bibliography of research differentiation instruction

Graphic of DI Model:

“11 Practical Ways to Guide Teachers toward Differentiation (and an Evaluation Tool)”


Two sources I have found helpful while researching the impact assessment can have on DI:

Doubet, K. J. (2012). Formative assessment jump-starts a middle grades differentiation initiative. Middle School Journal(3), 32-38.

Moon, T. R. (2005). The role of assessment in differentiation. Theory Into Practice, 44(3), 226-233.







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Allen County Exceptional Students (ACES) Parent Meeting

The first meeting of this group will take place on February 3, 2015 at the Met in downtown Lima.
Time will be from 7:00-8:00 PM.              Here is a Flyer:  ACES Flyer
The first topic will be: The Impact of Social/Emotional Health on Children’s Academic Development.
Discussion facilitators will be Brittany Collier-Gibson, OSU Coordinator, and Dr. Fabio Leite, OSU Professor.
The format is to have a brief presentation on the topic, accompanied by a list of key questions to facilitate a discussion among participants.
Further dates are March 3, 2015 with the topic: Anxiety in Children
April 7, 2015 and topic: Productive Struggle to Build Character and Persistence.
We are looking for leaders who would be willing to help facilitate the discussions of those topics, so if you know someone who could do that, please let me know. Email Judy Chaffins at
Anyone is invited to attend, but we are specifically targeting parents of high achieving students.

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The Annual Ohio Association for Gifted Children

There will be no Enrichment classes on October 13th and 14th due to all three Gifted Intervention Specialists at the Annual conference. Classes will resume on Wednesday October 15.

parent day

If you are interested in coming down to the conference which is held in Columbus, Ohio, the OAGC does have a Parent Day. You can see the information about the day by clicking here. It is only $5 to attend, and it is a great way to meet other parents of gifted children. They usually have very good speakers that speak on topics that will appeal to parents. If you can make it I would highly recommend attending.

If you cannot attend the conference, you can still be connected with the following info:

  • Post/Follow conference updates #oagc2014


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Enrichment Bus Schedule for 2014-15 School Year

Below is the most up-to-date bus schedule Enrichment students will be following this year. If an update to this schedule is needed I will post those corrections as soon as I can.


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Enrichment Classes Starting Soon

We will be starting Enrichment classes on September 2, 2014. The Gifted and Talented Staff will be sending letters home giving details about your child’s Enrichment Day. Please look for those being brought home from school in the coming days.


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