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Gifted and Talented

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. 

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

Definition of Giftedness

Students with gifts and talents perform - or have the capability to perform - at higher levels compared to others of the same age, experience, and environment in one or more domains. They require modification(s) to their educational experience(s) to learn and realize their potential. Student with gifts and talents:

  • Come from all racial, ethnic, and cultural populations, as well as all economic strata.
  • Require sufficient access to appropriate learning opportunities to realize their potential.  
  • Can have learning and processing disorders that require specialized intervention and accommodation.
  • Need support and guidance to develop socially and emotionally as well as in their areas of talent.
  • Require varied services based on their changing needs. 

1. Edupath: Understanding and Supporting Gifted Learners Series 

2. Renzulli Confratute Free Online Training

  1. Guidance for Academic Acceleration
  2. Michigan Department of Ed. Flexible Learning
  • Academic Acceleration Resources and Supports
  • Accelerated Learning
  • Testing Out
  • Dual Enrollment
  • Advanced Placement 
  • School Options

Children who are both gifted and have one or more learning disabilities need to have both needs met in the classroom, in order to thrive.

  • Davidson Institute strength-based guide and multiple resources for supporting twice exceptional students
  • Ohio Department of Education (ODE) website resources and definition: 

    “Definition: Children who are gifted learners can also have a disability that hinders their success unless proper interventions are provided.  These 2e children may receive special education services, but gifted services are often not even considered. (OHIO Gifted Task Force 2002)”



  • Zeeland 
  • SAIL Program - Advanced English 



  • PATH - Advanced math and english classes for middle schoolers at Hope College 
  • Director: Lisa Fissora


  • Future Prepp’d Director:  Denise Smyk
  • Project Based learning (PBL)



  • AP classes, 
  • Early College Program


Gifted Consultants: