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Gifted & Talented Workgroup
Because of a desire to serve our students more effectively and appropriately and in anticipation of changing state rules about serving gifted students, we have established a workgroup to review our current service model and develop a proposal for a new or modified service model for the 2015-2016 school year. This group is comprised of parents, building principals, classroom teachers, gifted coordinators, and district department representatives from all parts of the city.
 
The group met weekly during October and November as part of this process.  The plan outline formed through group consensus has now been sent on to district administrators for consideration.  Once vetted by the administration for feasibility, it will be presented to the public via this site and to the board of education before any implementation occurs.  While the group was limited in size in order to maximize our time together, it was not meant to exclude the input of others.  The purpose of this page is to share the work that occurred and maintain updates as the process moves forward.   
 
The group recently presented our proposal to the Columbus City Schools Board of Education on February 3, 2015. A PDF version of the slides can be found in the Downloads section.
 
Meeting Topics and Synopsis
Below is the main topic for each workgroup meeting. A brief summary is included after each meeting occurs. Minutes from the meetings can be downloaded using the links to the right.
  • Meeting 1: Data review - The team examined a packet of data related to gifted student identification across grade levels, ethnicities, regions of the district, and gender. Student performance on state tests and high school course access was also reviewed.  Surveys of students from two years ago and parents and educators from last summer/this fall were summarized.  Using all sources of data, the team developed a list of observations and new questions.
  • Meeting 2: Brainstorm priorities and needs and develop evaluation rubric - Based on the summary of the data presented in Meeting 1, the team listed areas of gifted service with evidence of the most critical need.  The group then listed things that must be true of the best service options to be considered.  This list will be used to evaluate ideas generated in future meetings.
  • Meeting 3: Brainstorm possible solutions and share ideas from other districts - This session was a chance to "dream big" and toss out any and every idea, regardless of feasibility.  Ideas shared over the past year were also included.  The group then noted the favorites from the lists across the grade levels.  Please note - the ideas were part of a brainstorming session and do not constitute any formal proposal or plan at this time.
  • Meeting 4: Review state rules and district limitations and challenges and narrow down brainstormed idea list - The group shared things that stood out when reading selected articles in the research packet.  Dr. Boyle gave an overview of the current state rules and likely changes that will need to be considered in any service design.  The group developed a plan for making the community aware of the work of the group and the information available on this website.
  • Meeting 5: Refine idea list with modifications and consideration of other departments and areas of need - The group reviewed the idea list and sorted the ideas into three groups:  keep for further consideration, share with other departments who have ownership of the area addressed, or delete.  Additional ideas/feedback from others was shared and considered.
  • Meeting 6: Continue to refine idea listThe group agreed on some elements to include in a Basic, Transitional, and Ideal proposals.  Using a "Levels of Service" approach that creates an array of strategies and services for students with varying degrees of need, the team nearly completed their recommendations for levels 1 and 4.  The group began to discuss more formal and resource-demanding official services for levels 2 and 3.  Because of the complexity of those issues, initial preferences were discussed with more discussion to come in the next week. Additional ideas/feedback from others was shared and considered.
  • Meeting 7: Continue to refine idea list - The group examined various staffing scenarios for some of the ideas shared for more formal and resource-demanding official services for levels 2 and 3.  Small groups offered ideas of ideal and transitional models.  The group agreed to meet again next week to consider final recommendations.
  • Meeting 8: Create three distinct proposal with varying levels of necessary resources - The group revisited their survey results regarding service models for levels 2 and 3.  Agreement was reached on most recommendations and backup plans, although select topics still need to be addressed.  The group will polish the proposal via email before the initial sharing with district officials.
  • Meeting 9: Update the status of the plan and make revisions as needed - The group received updates on the response to the proposal.  The group also made recommendations for services at specific buildings and discussed next steps in preparation for a presentation to the school board on February 3.
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