SDE: Gifted/Talented Comment Sought, TOY Nominations Due

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Comment Sought on Gifted, Talented

A committee was formed to create standards and competencies for certification of a gifted specialist.  The applications to the committee were reviewed with the goal of a broad representation of the state to include perspectives from rural, suburban, and urban districts.  Ultimately, thirty educators were selected that represented public and private schools grades PK-12, higher education institutions, professional organizations and private individuals from across the state.

Read the results of the committee’s efforts showing the standards, competencies as well as a certification process for an Oklahoma Gifted Education Specialist.

The Oklahoma Gifted Education Specialist Certification will not be mandated for teachers who are teaching gifted students, but teachers who are interested are encouraged to pursue the process.

We are looking for feedback from interested parties.  This is not a formal review, but a request for comments to insure that these items meet the needs of gifted students in Oklahoma.

Please submit your comments to Cathy Seward, Executive Director of Gifted Education, via email at by Wednesday, April 19th.

Participate in TOY

Great Oklahoma teachers challenge, motivate, and inspire their students to do their best; they make learning exciting, engaging, and continuous; they are respected by their peers as well as local school officials, parents, and students; they are caring and creative, seeking to enrich the lives of their students and build a better future for us all.  Honor your district’s Teacher of the Year by participating in the 2013 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Program. Please visit and complete the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year packet today.  Applications are due by Friday, June 8, 2012.

Recognize Talented Educators

The State of Oklahoma maintains a file of emerging classroom leaders that consists of a cadre of distinguished teachers and principals. These educators may be considered for membership on advisory boards and task forces, as well as candidates for special recognition programs. Do you know a relatively new educator that is illustrative of our state’s best? The OSDE is seeking recommendations for the Oklahoma Teacher Talent Pool. Your recommendations will identify educators who will be of great value to your community and state and who also ultimately may receive prestigious recognition. If you are interested in providing a confidential recommendation, please contact Alicia Currin-Moore at