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.
- 2018-19 Affiliate Meetings are scheduled throughout the year in September, December & February from 12:30-3:00 p.m.
At the annual conference a Distinguished Service Award is awarded:
2013-Lori Sanders, teacher at Blue Star Elementary, Hamilton Community Schools
2014-Denise Smyk, teacher at Lakewood Elementary, West Ottawa Public Schools
2015-Michael Dalman, principal, Woodbridge Elementary, Zeeland Public Schools
2016-Sharon Leerar, teacher, Hudsonville Christian Schools
2017-Kelley Senkowski, past president Michigan Association of Gifted Children and member of the OAISD GT committee
2018-Kelly Scaturro, teacher, Zeeland Public Schools
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))
For more information contact:
Jane Snyder, Gifted and Talented Consultant
616-399-6802 or 616-610-1434