Recent changes to Ohio’s Operating Standards related to Gifted Education include new guidelines regarding professional development for general classroom teachers providing reported gifted services. Teachers to whom these standards apply must engage in 30 clock hours of professional development the first year serving in the role (or the first year the standards are in effect), 30 clock hours the second year, and additional hours each year thereafter. The training must address specific competencies outlined in the standards and be led by someone with expertise in gifted education.
In Columbus City Schools, these guidelines apply to:
- Advanced Placement teachers
- International Baccalaureate teachers
- Eastmoor’s Biomedical Engineering teachers
- Reading and math cluster class teachers at the 6 middle school gifted service sites (Buckeye, Sherwood, Wedgewood, Dominion, Ridgeview, Woodward Park)
- 8th grade math teachers who teach dually-enrolled 7th grade students
- Cluster teachers co-teaching with the gifted specialist at Ecole Kenwood and Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy
Other teachers outside of these roles are not required to obtain the professional development hours described here, but they are welcome to do so in preparation for possible future assignments or for their own professional growth goals.
This requirement does not apply to teachers who have completed a gifted endorsement program or who are in progress with such a program. Individuals who provide gifted services to students and currently hold a gifted endorsement or are Unified Arts teachers providing services through advanced unified arts courses will be expected to obtain 6 hours of gifted professional development per year.
Explore the links below for more information and opportunities to help you meet these requirements.