March OKGT Newsletter

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Gifted & Talented

March OKGT Newsletter

In this issue:

Upcoming OKGT Webinar Series

Please join the Oklahoma State Department of Education and Gifted Educators from across the state in a new 3 part webinar series aimed at improving your gifted program and better serving your community.

Revising your District Gifted Education Plan 

Tuesday, March 5, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

When was the last time your district's Gifted Education Plan was revised? Come hear from other district leaders in Oklahoma who have successfully updated their Gifted Education Plan recently and learn about their processes, including how to include your Local Action Committee, getting feedback from vital stakeholders, and creating a robust plan that enriches the curriculum and creates high expectations.       

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Revising your District Testing Protocol

Tuesday, April 2, 3:330 - 4:30 p.m.

Spring is when many districts across the state use an assessment to identify gifted students and qualify them for services, but are you using the best assessment possible? Come look at research and the latest assessments available to make an informed decision of the best assessment available to serve your students and meet the needs of all learners.  

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Preparing your District Expenditure Report 

Tuesday, May 7, 3:330 - 4:30 p.m.

As the school year comes to a close, the last thing on the to-do list is for all districts to submit their expenditure report. What is this report? Where does it go? Am I supposed to do that? All these questions and many more will be answered as we talk with the personnel from a school's finance department about how to streamline this process and make sure you still make the deadline. Teamwork is the name of the game!  

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NAGC 2019 Awards


Do you know an amazing Gifted Educator or Advocate that deserves to be recognized for their hard work and significant contribution to gifted education? Consider nominating them for a National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Award. The deadline for nominations is March 13.

Boosting Students' Compassion Rates


In a recent Mindshift article, first grade students were given an increased amount of intentional art education and the benefits were amazing. Not only were discipline referrals down, but the initiative also proved successful for boosting students’ compassion for their classmates.  It’s just the latest study to find that giving students more access to the arts offers measurable benefits. And adding time for dance, theater, or visual arts isn’t at odds with traditional measures of academic success, according to the research — which amounts to one of the largest gold-standard studies on arts education ever conducted.

Motivating Girls in Science

Girls in Science

Gifted students struggle with the ideas of perfectionism that often inhibits them from achieving their goals because they never believe they will be good enough. A new study in the journal Psychological Science finds girls persevere longer and are more engaged in science tasks when they are asked to "do science," rather than "be scientists." 

It's the latest of a slew of experiments identifying small differences in a teacher's language that may improve motivation in science—particularly for students who feel threatened by stereotypes suggesting they are less likely to perform well in the subject. 

Family Resources


Many times parents of gifted students are unsure of how to navigate the rough waters of adolescence and the attitudes and behaviors that are often magnified with increased intellectual abilities. Despite volumes of self-help books on the market, there is no manual that can truly prepare families for the roller coaster ride of parenting. And nothing can insulate you when your child disappoints. In the latest blog post from "Beyond Intellect: Exploring the Social and Emotional Aspects of Giftedness," Dr. Gail Post helps families build upon their strengths to create an increased understanding through learning as much as possible about giftedness, child development, gifted education, and parenting skills.

Classroom Resources

Where can you find book lists for your favorite math monster, physics fiend, young lawyer or political scientist, programming prodigy, scientist, and more? Fantasy books featuring Dragons?  Special topic books for gifted kids from 1 - 100?  Hoagies' Page, of course!


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