The Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted Students (Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15) stipulates that general education teachers, who work with or have gifted students in the class, receive professional development regarding teaching gifted students (OAC 3301-51-15 (D)(3)(b)(i) and (E)(2)(d)).
The state of Ohio is committed to creating a world-class educational system for all children. Policy to support this movement has established a standards-based system that applies to student learning as well as clearly defined expectations for teachers and school leaders. To this end, the Ohio Educator Standards Board has created the Standards for Ohio Educators which includes a definition for professional development.
There are six standards that define High Quality Professional Development (HQPD) in Ohio
- HQPD is a purposeful, structured, and continuous process that occurs over time.
- HQPD is informed by multiple sources of data.
- HQPD is collaborative.
- HQPD includes varied learning experiences that accommodate individual educator’s knowledge and skills.
- HQPD is evaluated by its short- and long-term impact on professional practice and achievement of all students.
- HQPD results in the acquisition, enhancement or refinement of skills and knowledge.
Evaluating professional development according to these standards is not based on quantity of time but the quality of the experience. Gifted staff can provide leadership to the district by being informed about opportunities and how to add the necessary supports for teachers to implement strategies throughout the year.
Professional development as defined in these standards is aligned with the requirements for gifted staff to work collaboratively with general education teachers to meet the needs of gifted children with regard to curriculum and instruction.
HQPD is an ongoing process that is measured in terms change in knowledge that ultimately affects instruction. Gifted staff in the district can provide support by sharing knowledge about gifted education and help teachers to implement strategies that are most appropriate for gifted students.
Creating High Quality Professional Development Opportunities
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