Gifted and Talented


                 Gifted and Talented Education

Ottawa Area ISD is committed to serving the needs of all students within its schools and local districts. Meeting the educational needs of gifted students is just as important as meeting the needs of at-risk learners. OAISD provides a variety of resources and services to educators, students, and parents to support accelerated learning.


  • A Gifted and Talented Education affiliate group of educators from local districts meets throughout the school year to network about resources and ideas to support accelerated learning. 
  • 2016-17 Affiliate Meetings are scheduled for September 14, 2016, December 7, 2016, and February 15, 2017 from 12:30-3:00 p.m.
  • Annual Gifted Conference presented in partnership with Michigan Association for Gifted Children will be held on April 29, 2017, 8:30 a.m-2:30 p.m. at the Kirkhoff Center-Grand Valley State University.  Registration Link:
  • At the annual conference 2014-Denise Smyk, teacher at Lakewood Elementary, West Ottawa Schools received the Distinguished Service Award this year.

    Lori Sanders, teacher at Blue Star Elementary, Hamilton Community Schools received the award in 2013.

  • Parents are encouraged to review the links and resources available on this website.

Federal Definition of Giftedness

The federal government defines "gifted and talented" students, children, or youth as those

...who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities. 

No Child Left Behind Act, P.L. 107-110 (Title IX, Part A, Definitions (22) (2002); 20 U.S.C. Sec. 7802 (22) (2004))


Michigan Association for Gifted Education

The Dos and Don'ts of Instruction: What It Means To Teach Gifted Learners Well

PDF DocumentGlossary for Gifted and Talented Education





Local District Links


Associations & Organizations

For more information contact:
Jane Snyder, Gifted and Talented Consultant
616-399-6802 or 616-610-1434