Updated March 30, 2020 Note: New additions are in BLUE.
As Ohio moves into remote learning and support of students during this time of school closures, it is good to consider how we might address the strengths and needs of our students identified as gifted. The resources shared below provide some possibilities to consider. Please check back as needed because we will be updating this page as necessary in the coming days. Don't hesitate to email our gifted coordinator, Tricia Ebner, at [email protected]
if you have questions.
Also, please remember to follow and honor district requirements and Ohio and federal laws regarding Internet resources for children. Please do not consider this listing to be an endorsement or recommendation.
Planning for Remote Learning:
For considerations and strategies to use in supporting gifted learners in remote learning, this document
provides some suggestions.
has provided this checklist
of considerations, tips, and steps to take in moving to remote learning. They also offer a 3-minute video
explaining how this checklist can be helpful.
Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development
is sharing a blog, "10 Tips for Getting Started Online Successfully,"
. They are also offering two webinars. On Thursday, April 2, they are offering a live Zoom Q&A
called "Ask a CTD Online Gifted Educator: Taking Enrichment, Acceleration, and Assessment Online," from 11:00-11:40 Central time. On Thursday, April 9, they are offering another Zoom presentation
entitled "Choosing and Using Online Tools in Gifted Education and Talent Development, also from 11:00 to 11:40 Central time.
has provided resources to support developing an online classroom
. These resources include videos, webinars (including a schedule of upcoming webinars as well as recorded past webinars), a checklist for remote learning plans, best practices, and a page devoted to common tech troubles.
, known for its Talent Identification Program, has shared this blog
on taking a course into an online platform.
is sharing this resource
regarding teaching online.
Resources to Use in Remote Learning:
- The Kentucky Association of Gifted Education has shared this resource as a collection of possible activities for students identified as gifted in a number of areas. If you are looking for possible enrichment or stretch activities for your gifted learners, this might be a good place to start. The Gifted Guru blog post linked in the K-12 column provides some excellent ideas for consideration when implementing remote learning. Her model lesson "Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch" might give you some ideas of how to develop and structure activities for students. The Smithsonian Learning Lab is also a valuable resources you may want to utilize.
- The president of the Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education has provided this message, with PDF files as exemplars, for consideration of ways to provide something enriching, creative, and meaningful to them. The association's resources tab on the web page also includes a number of resources on educational strategies you may find helpful.
- The Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented has also provided a page with links and resources which may be helpful for school closures.
- INFOhio, a free resource available to all Ohio school districts, provides all kinds of free electronic resources. This page includes a list of webinars, information about linking resources from INFOhio to most LMS platforms or school websites, and login directions. INFOhio is updating this regularly, so it is worth revising from time to time.
- Exquisite Minds is a blog and website devoted to gifted children and their learning. This resources page highlights "mostly free" resources available.
- Scholastic has made projects available for learning at home, releasing one per day over the course of the next few weeks. Currently daily projects and activities are available for two full weeks.
- Ohio's own Todd Stanley, "The Gifted Guy," has as a number of resources available on his website as well. This page focuses on enrichment, with videos on learning sudoku and how to play chess.
- The National Inventors Hall of Fame shares this blog focused on STEM activities.
- Many of Ohio's museums and zoos are providing virtual programs right now. This page lists the activities and events available virtually.
- Prufrock Press is offering a webinar for teachers to look at a framework on developing critical thinking skills on April 1. If you register, please note the time listed is Central Time, not Eastern.
- Ditch that Textbook Digital Seminars: This is a collection of over 50 presentations from a virtual conference. The links include PDF notes from the sessions on all kinds of topics, including PBL and creativity. Dina Brulles, who is the Interim Governance Secretary for the NAGC Board of Directors, recommends this resource.
- Johns Hopkins and its Center for Talented Youth have shared this book list: "Good Books for Bright Kids." This might be a great resource to use for your learners or share with parents for their consideration.
- Support for parents and families: Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented is offering Facebook Live CHATs on Tuesdays, beginning March 31 and lasting through April. These chats begin at 7:00 PM central time (8:00 PM Eastern) and last for about a half hour.
Ohio-Specific Information regarding Services
College Credit Plus: Updated guidance
regarding CCP offerings, deadlines, eligibility, etc.
AP Supports: If you have students identified as gifted in AP courses, or if you are an AP teacher, these resources may be useful to you.
Social and Emotional Support: Some gifted children are particular sensitive to current events and crises, so the closures and actions aimed at protecting our overall community and country may be especially challenging for some. See the links below for blog posts and resources that may be helpful in supporting students (and any of us) during this challenging time. If a child is experiencing especially intense emotions regarding the coronavirus and closures, there are professionals available to provide help and support.
A review of overexcitabilities and a strategy for addressing them: Regina Hellinger provides this strategy
to help children better understand and work with their sensitivity in a blog updated in 2019. Her post begins with a link to an article reviewing the emotional overexcitability.
Cultivating Calm Amidst a Storm
: This blog post by Nicole A. Tetreault, Ph.D., discusses the impact of our quickly-changing times on our nervous systems, providing an explanation of the physical and nervous system impacts. She also provides some practical tips to help gifted students - and anyone - in handling this time of social distancing and changes to deeply-rooted routines and expectations.
The National Association of School Psychologists
has assembled this list of resources
for use by parents, teachers, school administrators, crisis response and intervention teams, and more.
Part of the resources the National Association of School Psychologists has included is this guide
for parents to consider in talking about COVID-19 with children.