Search the links and information below to learn more about gifted identification, services and enrichment opportunities. We hope the links and resources provided will enable you to better guide and support the high-ability and high-performing students in your classrooms and families.
If you have additional questions, please contact our District Gifted Education Coordinator or building principal:
Wendi Moorman, Mercer County ESC
Phone: 419-586-6628 ext. 241
The Coldwater Exempted Village Schools Gifted Services will facilitate and support district efforts to identify, nurture, and maximize the strengths and potential of all district students.
As stated in our District Board of Education policy, Programs for Gifted and Talented Students (IGBB) :
In accordance with the belief that all children are entitled to education commensurate with their particular needs, children in the District who are gifted are provided opportunities to progress as their abilities permit. The Board believes that these children require services beyond those offered in regular school programs in order to realize their potential contribution to themselves and society.
Children who are gifted are identified annually by qualified professionals using a variety of assessment procedures. The Board encourages efforts to provide services for the children who are gifted as an integral part of the total kindergarten through grade 12 program.
In Ohio, students who are gifted are those “who perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment and who are identified under division (A), (B), (C), or (D) of section 3324.03 of the Revised Code. (ORC 3324.01-.07 )
Students are identified as gifted in grades kindergarten through 12, according to the criteria set by the State of Ohio in the following areas:
· Superior Cognitive Ability
· Specific Academic Ability in one or more of the following areas:
o Reading, Writing or a combination of these skills
o Social Studies
· Creative Thinking Ability
· Visual or Performing Arts in Dance, Drama, Music or Visual Arts
A child may be referred for gifted screening at any time by a parent/guardian, a teacher, the child (self-referral), a peer or others (e.g. psychologist, community members, principal, gifted coordinator, etc.) Referral forms are available here or from the district gifted services coordinator.
The Coldwater Exempted Village School District ensures that all children identified as gifted have equal access to services offered by the district. Written criteria for determining eligibility for gifted services are updated annually and shall be provided upon request.
For more information about our district gifted identification and services policies and procedures, see our booklet: Coldwater Exempted Village Schools Policy and Plan for the Identification and Service of Children Who Are Gifted.