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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.

Parent Division Links Parent Division FAQs

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 day 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 services are 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 day offering sessions specifically geared toward families of gifted children. 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 day offering sessions specifically for parents and guardians of gifted children. 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. 

In addition to the laws and rules explicitly set for gifted students, there are additional Ohio education policies that can greatly  benefit gifted children. Here are links to these policy areas: 

 

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 grades 7-12, your student can take college courses, for free in most cases, through College Credit Plus, if appropriate paperwork is filed by April 1 of the previous school year.  OAGC notifies members throughout the year as opportunities become available.

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 day 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. OAGC is active on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OhioAGC and  Twitter at www.twitter.com/oagcgifted . You can also join the parent division of OAGC. Your local parent group is another great resource.

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

OAGC Parent Division Chair:
Sara Watson
watson.sara@gmail.com