Now accepting applications for the Gifted Advisory Council

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The Ohio Department of Education is now accepting membership applications for those interested in serving on the Gifted Advisory Council.

The Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Students Who are Gifted (Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15) established the formation of a Gifted Advisory Council. The Council explores the development and implementation of state policies that affect identification, instruction, professional supports, leadership and funding for gifted education. The role of the Council includes:

  • Assisting in the development and updating of a Department-approved plan for gifted education in Ohio;
  • Advising on policy recommendations;
  • Serving as advisors in establishing criteria for review of proposals to implement innovative gifted services; and
  • Establishing criteria for identifying and recognizing schools, districts and other educational providers 

Who is eligible to apply? Individuals with an interest in serving per the roles described above may apply. The Department is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for membership to the Gifted Advisory Council. Members will represent a variety of stakeholders from diverse regions of the state, including parents, general and gifted educators, administrators, and other as determined by the superintendent of public instruction.

What are membership expectations? Membership on the Gifted Advisory Council is a two-year term, however, there are no term limits and current members can reapply. The Gifted Advisory Council meets a minimum of four times per year. Meetings are currently held virtually and when permitted may be held at the Ohio Department of Education or other locations around central Ohio. Applicants should plan for release time from job responsibilities for each meeting. Committee members serve without compensation; however, travel, meals, overnight accommodations, and substitute expenses are reimbursed at state rates. For more information, please review the Ohio Department of Education’s Gifted Advisory Council webpage.

What is the timeline for submission? The timeline for application submissions is as follows:

  • Application window opens: May 14, 2021
  • Application window closes: June 18, 2021

What is the process? Upon submission of an application, the applicant should expect the following:

  • Confirmation acknowledging the submission of the application;
  • Review of all information submitted by the applicant by Department staff;
  • Notification in writing of appointment for applicants selected for membership; and
  • If selected, an invitation to the next Council meeting.

Where can I find the application? The application is available in Survey Monkey, linked here.

If you have questions regarding the Gifted Advisory Council, membership, or review and submission of membership applications, please email