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OAGC March News Flash - Fall Conference Proposals; Summer Academy; Advocacy, and More

Professional Development

Fall Conference 

Small session proposals for the OAGC Fall Conference are due on March 31, 2018. To download a copy of the call for proposal, please go to www.oagc.com/fallconference.asp  . If you need additional time to submit a proposal, please email anngift@aol.com .

Summer HQPD Training 

Save the date! OAGC will be holding a Summer HQPD Training Academy on June 21 and 22. This acadmey is designed specifically for classroom teachers and will tentatively be held at the Worthington Education Center. Space will be limited. Look for the registration form in April at www.oagc.com/hqpd.asp .  

Advocacy

 

Advocacy 

There are so many bills and issues to watch, it is dizzying. to keep up on all the latest, please follow OAGC on Twitter or Facebook (see directions below) or visit www.oagc.com/advocacyalerts.asp . Here is a quick list of issues: 

HB512 is an explosive bill that take away most of the power of the State Board of Education  and merges three agencies, including ODE, into one. This new agency would be led by an appointed cabinet member reporting directly to the governor. This bill would eliminate the public's ability to impact education policy. OAGC strongly opposes this bill. 

SB216, the education deregulation bill is scheduled to pass the Ohio Senate this week and will be debated in House Education sometime in April. While the most destructive language regarding gifted has been resolved in the bill, there continue to be issues including one that will impact gifted licensure. 

Gifted Rule Changes 

The State Board of Education is in the process of revising the gifted operating standards to allow the gifted professional development over four years (instead of two) and to decrease the PD hourly requirement to some qualified AP/IB teachers. The rule change will likely be in place for next school year. 

Report Card Under Review

The State Board of Education is reviewing all the elements of the report card and is expected to release recommendations in May. 

General Information

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OAGC Scholarships and Awards

The deadline for the OAGC college scholarship is April 15, 2018. Also, don't forget about the OAGC Distinguished Student Award application which is due on June 1. For more information, please go to http://www.oagc.com/scholarship.asp .

Gifted HQPD -- High Quality Professional Development

As the gifted operating standards are now in effect, OAGC has been working hard to assist districts in implementing the new classroom teacher gifted HQPD requirement. As part of our on-going effort to ensure that Ohio's classroom teachers receive Ohio specific and relevant professional development, OAGC has been working with GTIGNITE to develop Ohio specific modules.  For more information on this partnership along with with several tools and documents that will help you plan, provide, and track gifted HQPD, please go to oagc.com/hqpd.asp . 

Donate to OAGC

Please remember that OAGC is the only organization in Ohio advocating on the behalf of gifted children. We hope that you will  consider a donation to OAGC by going to the following link http://www.oagc.com/donate.asp.Social Media Connections

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