ODE’s Instructional Resource Page for Gifted

  • This page contains a variety of resources to help general education teachers meet the needs of their gifted learners. Items include Ohio's Quality Review Rubrics for Units and Lessons, Supplemental Gifted Checklists to be used with Ohio’s Quality Review Rubrics, Sample Units and Model Curriculum Resources.

Ohio Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Students Who are Gifted

  • These are the approved gifted operating standards for the state of Ohio approved in July 2017.

Differentiation Central is a service of theInstitutes on Academic Diversity (IAD) in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia

  • The goal of the IAD is to help educators understand the principles of Differentiated Instruction and develop competence and confidence in creating responsive classrooms that meet the diverse learning needs of today’s students.


  • This website is dedicated to differentiating instruction for high-level learners. Resources are in the areas of Language Arts and Math. A portion of the website is focused on the creativity of gifted learners and how to invite that creativity into the classroom.

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page

  • The Hoagies' Gifted Education Page is the all-things gifted site, full of resources, articles, books and links to help and support parents, teachers and gifted children alike. 

Stark County Educational Service Center's Gifted Professional Development 2017-2018: 


(Designed for gifted coordinators – open to all)

Gifted updates, resources, collaboration

8:30-10:30 a.m., SCESC - COG

Oct. 13, Dec. 15, Feb. 9, April 13


(Designed for Gifted Intervention Specialist and Regular Classroom Teachers)

Presentations on resources, techniques, etc., to meet the needs of gifted learners

4:00 – 6:00 p.m., SCESC, COG

Oct. 5, Dec. 7 (IMC), Feb. 1, April 5


Facilitation Guides Available in the Gifted LiveBinder for the following books:

Suggested credit – per book:15 hours - IN DISTRICT = 4-reading, 6=meeting, 3 –evidence based implementation + optional 2 hour county wrap up (dates TBD)

  • Advancing Differentiation, Richard M. Cash. Go beyond the basic strategies of differentiation and gain tools to build a more rigorous differentiated curriculum infused with higher level thinking skills. Free PowerPoint and PLC guide available. Sample lessons, reproducible forms included and available as digital content.
  • Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom, Tomlinson, C. & Moon, T (2013). Alexandria, VA: ASCD. ISBN 978-1-4166-1617-7. This book takes an in-depth look at assessment and shows how differentiation can improve the process in all subject and grade levels. Focuses on pre-assessment, formative and summative assessment, and grading and report cards.
  • Differentiation for Gifted Learners, Diane Heacox, Ed.D.and Richard M. Cash, Ed.D. Connects the unique learning challenges of gifted students with specific teaching methods to “grow” them. Power point and PLC study guide available.
  • Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessing and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom. Wormeli, R. (2006). Portland, ME: Stenhouse. ISBN 1-57110-424-0 What happens when it comes time to grading the differentiated work completed by students? What’s fair and leads to real learning? Covers topics of “Grading, incorporating effort grades, grades on homework, zeros, grading gifted students, assessment, and more.”
  • Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom: Strategies and Tools for Responsive Teaching, Carol Ann Tomlinson. Guides readers in thinking about the relationships that ought to exist between the students’ needs, teachers’ responses to those needs, and the role of curriculum and instruction in addressing those needs. Specific strategies included.
  • Making Differentiation a Habit, Diane Heacox. A resource and hands-on guide to connect differentiation and RTI. 
  • Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom (3rd ed.). Susan Winebrenner & Dina Brulles (2012). Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing. ISBN 1-57542-395-2. A revised edition of a gifted classic. A definitive guide to meeting the needs of the gifted students in the regular classroom. It includes practical strategies, downloadable, customizable forms. A PowerPoint for PD is available as well.



The webinars below are free and the sponsoring organization provides a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of the webinar.

Speaker: Carol Ann Tomlinson

Speaker: Richard Cash

Speaker: Diane Heacox

Sponsor: INFOhio

Speaker: Debbie Walsh & Beth Sattes

Online Offerings:

Ian Byrd


  • Online professional development on many gifted and curricular topics. Prices range from $20 and up depending on the hours. Free trials are available for both teachers and districts and District pricing is available.
  • http://gtignite.com/

Malone Super Saturdays

4 Saturday sessions at Malone. $70/each or all four for $275.Covering all eight ODE competencies.


Malone Gifted Endorsement:

Six online courses that may be taken as stand alones (3 hour grad credit) or upon successful completion of all six courses (18 hours), the gifted endorsement will be completed.


Speaker series - ‘17-’18:

Karin Hess - Depth of Knowledge/Cognitive Rigor (a,c,d,g)

October 31 – 8-4, First Christian Church

Register athttps://tinyurl.com/KarinHessreg

Tom Rounds – DOK follow up.4-6 p.m. RG Drage

Dates to follow