Professional Development


High Quality Professional Development in the Spotlight

Friday, November 10
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: 205

What makes professional development “high quality”? In response to wide variations in the support that school districts have been providing to general education teachers who work with gifted students, advocates in the Ohio Association for Gifted Children created a research-based position paper that influenced state policy in the setting of minimum training requirements. They are now providing guidance for districts to implement high quality professional development to meet or exceed these requirements. Learn how this journey is changing the quality of gifted training for general education teachers across the state.

Karen E. Rumley

Director of Instructional Program
Kent City Schools

Karen Rumley is the Director of Instructional Program and Coordinator of Gifted Services with the Kent City School District, and formerly a consultant specializing in gifted services and programming, English language arts and social studies. She has 14 years of experience as a high school social studies teacher and has coordinated district gifted programs for the past nine years. She has provided professional development on such topics as curricular enrichment, gifted program evaluation, standards-based curriculum and assessment design, integration of Literacy Standards into the social studies curriculum, differentiated unit planning, social/ emotional needs of the gifted, and decision-making strategies for students and adults. Karen is the past- president of the Ohio Association for Gifted Children.


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Ann Sheldon

Executive Director
Ohio Association for Gifted Children

Ann Sheldon is the Executive Director of the Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC). She has worked at the student, district, state and national levels for over twenty years to promote the needs of gifted students. Due to the advocacy efforts of OAGC, the state of Ohio has recently made many positive revisions to Ohio’s gifted operating standards. These include, among other changes, required universal screening and gifted professional development for classroom teachers providing services to gifted children.


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Colleen S. Boyle

Director, Gifted and Talented and President, Ohio Association for Gifted Children
Columbus City Schools

Colleen Boyle has been an educator for more than 20 years, nearly all in gifted education in schools in Ohio and Texas as well as with the Department of Defense Education Activity. Dr. Boyle holds a bachelor degree in elementary education, masters degrees in gifted education and educational administration, and a doctorate in educational psychology. She currently serves as Director of Gifted and Talented with Columbus City Schools. Dr. Boyle is a past president of Gifted Coordinators of Central Ohio and currently serves as president of the Ohio Association for Gifted Children. The Ohio Department of Education has included Dr. Boyle in committee work with approving assessment instruments for gifted identification, creating draft state rules for gifted identificaiton and services, and developing the state's gifted indicator used when reporting district and school outcomes from gifted education. She enjoys working with educators and families to plan appropriate interventions for gifted learners. Her research interests include the social-emotional aspects of gifted learners, educational and psychological assessment, and giftedness within families.


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Vickie D. Briercheck

Retired Gifted Coordinator and former President of the Ohio Assoiciation For Gifted Children
Ohio Association for Gifted Children

Vickie Briercheck began teaching gifted children in Pennsylvania for the Intermediate Unit I. AFter moving to Ohio in 1986 she began graduate work in gifted education at Youngstown State Univsersity graduating in 1988. Vickie taught gifted students in Ohio for the Columbiana County Educational Service Center. She was a gifted coordinator at Stow City Schools and Perry Local Schools where she retired in 2015 as an assisstant principal. She has been an active member of the Ohio Association for Gfited Children serving as a regional reprsentative, President Elect, President and Past President. Since retirement she remains active with the OAGC as a member of the conference committee and a member of the ad hoc committee for High Quality Professional Development.


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Suzanne Palmer

District Gifted Services Coordinator
Worthington City Schools


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