Innovative Services for Students Who are Gifted FAQs

General Questions


General Questions

    1. What is an innovative service?
    An innovative service is a service not already described in the Gifted Operating Standards that offers a sustained and challenging experience, based in evidence or research suggesting the service is effective or is a promising practice, to meet the unique needs and interests of the district’s students who are gifted. Innovative services must be in one of the following priority areas: 
    • Services specifically designed for populations of students who are traditionally underrepresented in gifted education including, but not limited to, students who are economically disadvantaged, minority students, English learners and students with disabilities;
    • Services in any combination of kindergarten, first grade and/or second grade;
    • Services specifically designed to enhance a student’s career readiness in a particular field. This may include, but is not limited to, careers in the visual and performing arts; 
    • Social and emotional services and supports. This may include, but is not limited to, services and supports for students who are twice exceptional, peer mentorships, and counseling from educators or other qualified professionals; 
    • A district-determined priority area, as set forth in the district’s strategic planning process or continuous improvement process.

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    2. What is the process and timeline?

    Districts may submit applications for innovative services to the Department for review. The timeline for application submissions, review and notification is as follows:

    Application window opens – January 2019
    Applications due – April 1, 2019
    Districts notified of initial decisions – May 3, 2019
    Appeals by districts due – May 17, 2019
    Districts notified of final decisions – May 31, 2019

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    3. How will applications for innovative services be reviewed?
    The process for review is described in the Gifted Innovative Service Process and Criteria for Proposals document located under resources.

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    4. Should my district or school apply?
    This is a district decision. Innovative services may help districts provide services to students who currently are not receiving services. If approved, an innovative service may be reported to parents and the Department, consistent with the Gifted Operating Standards. The Department established a program code in EMIS for districts to report approved innovative services. Only districts with approved innovative service applications may report this program code.

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    5. Where do I submit completed applications for innovative services?
    Applications for innovative gifted service proposals are located under resources. Districts should submit completed applications by email to gifted@education.ohio.gov.

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    6. When can districts begin reporting innovative services?

    Through this application process, districts can begin reporting approved innovative services for the 2019-2020 school year. Innovative services may be approved for up to five years. Districts that do not have an approved innovative service application cannot report innovative services. 

    Note: The innovative service application will be available each school year. Districts that do not apply this school year or districts that apply but are not approved will have an opportunity to submit in subsequent years.

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    7. Who do I contact if I have additional questions?
    If you have questions regarding the submission or review of innovative service applications, please email gifted@education.ohio.gov.

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Last Modified: 1/15/2019 2:38:30 PM