Updates, Events, and Deadlines: Monthly Virtual Meeting this Thursday!

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Gifted & Talented

July 20, 2020

In this issue:


Introducing Levi Patrick, Assistant Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction and new Interim Director of Gifted and Talented Education

Levi with his daughter

I thought I might introduce myself even if I only have the opportunity to serve as the Interim Director of Gifted and Talented Education. Having spent nearly 8 years at the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE), hopefully at some point we've had a chance to intersect with one another. If not, I'm Levi Patrick--a math-loving, never-satisfied kind of person who sees my role at the OSDE as part instigator (in a good way!), part advocate, and full-time dreamer.

Every so often I have the opportunity to work on projects that speak to me and fill me with excitement and hope. Learning more about how Oklahoma prioritizes gifted and talented students and all of the work happening in the Oklahoma Young Scholars grant (aka Javits Grant) has truly been one of those experiences. It’s inspiring to a part of the efforts ensuring GT programs are inclusive and meaningfully serving all students. It has opened my eyes to the momentum and opportunities we have as a community! 

I look forward to learning more about the GT community and hope to provide support as you work to meet reporting deadlines, plan advisory committee meetings, and ensure all of your GT teachers are prepared to serve your GT students. I hope you'll join us this Thursday for the July-edition of the monthly GT Directors' Virtual Meeting. See you then!

Events and Deadlines

July 23 (3:00pm) - GT Directors' Virtual Meeting

Please join me and GT Director's from around the state in this month's Virtual GT Directors' Meeting. 

We'll address upcoming deadlines for the GT Expenditure Report (see here), guidance for GT Committees, ideas for improving your GT Plans and Budgets, and more. 

Please do not share the link or password on social media.

OSDE GT and Zoom Logos

Join Zoom Meeting on July 23 at 3:00pm (CST)

  • Meeting ID: 917 5821 9598
  • Password: 853379
  • One tap mobile
    • +16699006833,,91758219598# US (San Jose)
    • +12532158782,,91758219598# US (Tacoma)

Pencil it in!

We'll continue to hold GT Directors' Virtual Meetings each third Thursday at 3:00 p.m. All meetings will be recorded and available at https://sde.ok.gov/gifted-and-talented-education.

August 1 - District GT Expenditure Reports Due

The GT Expenditure Report is now easy to submit online! Upload your report by completing this simple form here or use the button below.

Not sure if your district has already submitted? See all received reports here

Button - Submit Here

To successfully upload your report, you will need to double check that your report meets the requirements of the law (see below) and you will need to know the total value of all expenditures coded with the 251 Program Code.

As a reminder, here’s what the law requires:

  • All reports must be submitted by August 1 of each year as required by 70 O.S. §1210.307(D).
  • For districts which receive six percent (6%) or more of their total State Aid money for gifted and talented programs or which received One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00) or more in State Aid for gifted and talented programs for the preceding year, the report shall identify expenditures by major object codes and program classifications pursuant to the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System, as adopted by the State Board of Education.
  • All other districts shall identify expenditures by major object codes.

If you already submitted your report to Robbyn Glinsmann, Tiffany Neill,
or me, you DO NOT need to resubmit. 

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