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Gifted Students' Parents Page

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Welcome!!! We invite all parents and families of gifted students to join us in sharing resources, events, information and successes. Your support of this organization also helps to realize the dream of challenging every child so that no child is left behind.

Parent Division Council

The Parent Division Council meets regularly to work on issues of concern to parents at the local and state level. All parents are welcome. In addition to this page, you may also wish to browse through the resources, advocacy, and affiliates areas of the website.

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How can I meet other parents of gifted children?

The parent division offers many opportunities for parents to meet and discuss common issues. Each October, OAGC holds a conference during which there is a parent fair offering sessions, roundtable discussions, information tables and more. There are many established local parent groups which are affiliates of OAGC. We also have a listserv specific to the parent division. You only need to join the parent division of OAGC in order to become a recipient of the listserv.

My child has been identified as gifted, now what?

OAGC offers two handbooks (teacher and parent) as reference guides for you. These are a good place to start. There, are seven possible areas of identification. It is helpful to look at the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Law and Rule on gifted education, you can get a better understanding of what Ohio says about gifted identification and services and which servicesare available to your child.

How can I help support and expand gifted education programs in my child's school?

Each October, OAGC holds a conference during which there is a parent fair offering sessions, roundtable discussions, information tables and more. This is a great place to learn about what you can do. Your district may have a parent group which is an affiliate of OAGC. Talk to your school’s gifted coordinator or your OAGC regional contact. The parent division’s affiliate handbook offers information concerning how local parent groups can become affiliates.

On the state level, begin by looking at the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Law and Rule on gifted education. You can get a better understanding of what Ohio says about gifted identification and services and which services are available to your child. This will help you see what you can do to advocate for your child both locally and in the state.

On a national level, we suggest you investigate the NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children). They are a wonderful resource.

How do parent groups help families with gifted children?

Each October, OAGC holds a conference during which there is a parent fair offering sessions, roundtable discussions, information tables and more. There are many established local parent groups which are affiliates of OAGC. The parent division’s affiliate handbook offers information concerning how local parent groups can become affiliates. We also have a listserv specific to the parent division. You only need to join the parent division of OAGC in order to become a recipient of the listserv.

On a national level, we suggest you investigate the NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children). They are a wonderful resource.

What does the state law say about gifted identification and service?

Begin with your own district. Investigate their policies regarding identification of gifted children and the services which are available. Then look at the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Law and Rule on gifted education where you can get a better understanding of what Ohio says about gifted identification and services. Finally, learn about what your rights are as a parent and what your child’s rights are as a gifted student.

How do other parents deal with social and emotional issues at home and at school?

Begin with the parent division’s handbook. This will provide you with an introduction on gifted children. We also have a list of suggested readings which addresses gifted children, social and emotional issues, and the twice exceptional. You may also wish to look at the SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted) website.

How can I find encrichment activities for my child outside of school?

There are many opportunities for enrichment for the gifted student. There also exist scholarship opportunities so that your child can take advantage of the outside programs. OAGC offers a list of opportunities during the summer.

During the school year, opportunities are available through the Midwest Talent Search and other on-line programs. In high school, your student can take college courses through the Ohio Post-Secondary Education Options (PSEO) program. OAGC notifies members throughout the year as opportunities become available through their listserv.

How can I learn about what is happening in gifted education in Ohio?

Each October, OAGC holds a conference during which there is a parent fair offering sessions, roundtable discussions, information tables and more. This is a great place to learn about what is happening in Ohio. Look to your OAGC regional contact for updates throughout the year. There are two listservs which act to keep our members informed. The first is the OAGC listserv and the second is specific to the parent division. You only need to join the parent division of OAGC in order to become a recipient of the listserv. Your local parent group is another great resource.


If you have any questions about the OAGC parent division, please contact:

OAGC Parent Division Chair:
Angela Grimm
aecrowder@yahoo.com