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					                   GUIDELINES for Gifted Identification
                               in the Arts
                       Ohio Alliance for Arts Education Ensuring the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan



                                   Need for Identifying Students
                                   Gifted in the Arts
                                   Why do Ohio educators and legislators think it is
Need for Gifted Arts               important to identify students gifted in the arts?
Identification
                                   I. Nurturing Talent:
                                   Students with talents in the arts lead more successful
                                   lives when that talent is nurtured.

 Nomination &                      II. Academic Success:
 Identification                    Many students with outstanding artistic talents struggle
                                   in school. The energy, creativity, expressiveness, and
                                   intelligence that help them succeed in the arts often go
 Service for Students
                                   unappreciated in the classroom and are poorly
 Gifted in the Arts                measured by standardized tests. Transferring this
                                   success to other academic subjects can be facilitated
                                   by including the arts in classroom instruction, and by
                                   helping students recognize and develop self-regulatory
For Gifted Coordinators            behaviors.

                                   III. Equity and Opportunities for Under-Represented
                                   Populations:
                                   Students with little experience in, or exposure to the
  For Arts Educators
                                   arts are less likely to be identified as gifted in traditional
                                   programs. Fair and equitable identification procedures
                                   ensure that economically disadvantaged, special
 For Teaching Artists              education and bilingual students have equal
                                   opportunities to develop their gifts in and through the
                                   arts.

  For Curriculum                   IV: Building Arts Education Programs:
  Coordinators                     Identifying students gifted in the arts early in their
                                   education strengthens arts education programs by
                                   ensuring that all innately talented students have the
                                   opportunity to participate.
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                                   This document is designed to provide essential information to all
For Parents & Families             persons interested in identifying and serving students gifted in the
                                   arts. The information is compiled from four years’ experience in
                                   Project START ID (a statewide arts identification program), and
                                   from conversations with gifted coordinators, arts teachers, Ohio
                                   Department of Education staff, principals, teachers, and students.
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                                   These Guidelines are made possible by funding from the Ohio Alli-
                                   ance for Arts Education, the Ohio Department of Education, the
                                   Ohio Arts Council, the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Stu-
                                   dents Education Program, and The Clowes Fund.



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                                        Ohio Alliance for Arts Education



                                     To contact us: Phone: 614.224.1060
                                             Fax: 614.241.5329
                                            Email: info@oaae.net

                                      77 South High Street, Second Floor
                                          Columbus, OH 43215-6108
                            Nomination & Identification


                                      Ohio law requires identification of students who
                                      are gifted in the performing and visual arts: dance,
                                      music, drama/theater, and visual art. (Ohio Rule Ohio
                                      Law)

                                      Students can be nominated by teachers, parents, or
                                      themselves, or other students.

Ohio Department of Education          Students nominated may participate in a screening
Gifted Identification Handbooks
                                      process to determine if they meet the state’s criteria
                                      for gifted identification. This process adheres to
                                      guidelines and tools developed by the Ohio
                                      Department of Education, including notifying parents
 Need for Gifted Arts
 Identification                       of the outcome of the screening process.

                                      All students have the right to be nominated in any art
                                      form during any year of K-12 education. For the
 Nomination &                         purposes of maintaining a manageable schedule,
 Identification
                                      most districts plan identification in certain art
                                      forms at specific grade levels.

 Service for Students                 Providing the opportunity for every child to be seen in
 Gifted in the Arts                   every art form, especially between 2nd and 5th
                                      grades, was shown by Project START ID to be an
                                      effective way to include those populations who are
                                      often missed: students who have special needs, who
 For Gifted Coordinators              have little experience in the arts, and for whom
                                      English is a second language.

                                      For districts with limited resources, a process that
                                      invites nomination from many different sources can be
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                                      the best way to include all students in screening
                                      and identification.

                                      A district just beginning the identification process may
 For Teaching Artists                 find it a challenge to meet the state requirement to
                                      provide two opportunities per year for screening in
                                      every art form, K-12. While developing a
 For Curriculum                       comprehensive plan, they may want to select one art
 Coordinators
                                      form to test their processes first. This could be an art
                                      form where there are many resources, (e.g., music) or
                                      an art from with few resources that the district wants to
                                      develop (e.g., dance).
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                                      In general, only about 5-7% of the population in a
                                      district is identified as gifted in the arts. There is,
                                      however, a much larger number of students (15-20%)
 For Parents & Families               who have artistic talents and should be included in
                                      advanced instruction in the arts. With strong desire
                                      and persistence, they can sometimes do as well as
                                      those officially identified. Providing services to the
                                      entire pool of nominated students builds a
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                                      stronger base for arts programs and makes it
                                      more likely that these talented children will
                                      succeed. (Note: a teacher serving gifted students full-time will
                                      not be assigned to serve non-identified students on a regular basis.)

                                      For a complete set of tools for screening and
                                      identification, please contact the Ohio Department of
                                      Education or The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.



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                                  To contact us: Phone: 614.224.1060
                                          Fax: 614.241.5329
                                         Email: info@oaae.net
                 Service for Students Gifted in the Arts

                               Districts are not required by law to serve identified
                               students. (Ohio Rule Ohio Law) If the district does
                               provide service, that service should be guided by a
                               Written Education Plan, and should be made available
Need for Gifted Arts           during the school day.
Identification
                               In an ideal situation, a district will work with parents,
                               students, and students’ teachers to prepare a plan that
Nomination &                   includes: in-school instruction in the identified art form;
Identification                 differentiated instruction or cluster grouping in arts
                               classes so the student will have small peer groups to
                               work with; artistic activities embedded in the teaching of
Service for Students           other academic subjects; and recommendations for
Gifted in the Arts             community, after-school, weekend, and summer
                               programs.

                               If a student is identified as gifted in the arts but is
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Coordinators                   struggling in other academic subjects, it is extremely
                               important for that student to be recommended for
                               special tutoring to help transfer the skills used in arts
                               classes to other subjects, and for the classroom
                               teachers to understand that this student learns best
For Arts Educators             through artistic and creative processes. Often the
                               energy, creativity, expressiveness, and intelligence that
                               help these students excel in the arts work against their
                               success in a traditional classroom.
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                               Services that can be provided as part of a school
                               program include the following. Those marked with * are
For Curriculum                 also appropriate for all students.
Coordinators
                               ◊    Pullout class for gifted arts students
                               ◊    Cluster grouping of arts-gifted students within other
                                    academic subjects, assigned to teachers trained in
For Administrators                  using artistic methods as part of the curriculum
                               ◊    Cluster grouping of students in music, visual art,
                                    drama, and dance classes, so that gifted students
                                    can work together in small groups
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                               ◊    *Field trips to concerts, galleries, plays, etc.
                               ◊    *Artist-in-residence programs, where students gifted
                                    in the arts are the core group served. (OAC artist
                                    residencies) (Columbus, Dayton, Cleveland)
                               ◊    *In-school performances by visiting artists
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                               ◊    *Arts-based classroom strategies, including
                                    problem-based learning, real-life performance tasks,
                                    and learning centers.
                               ◊    *Career exploration/internships.
                               ◊    *School partnerships with arts organizations (see
                                    links above or contact your local arts organizations).
                               ◊    Computer-based arts programs (available in dance,
                                    music, theatre and visual art)
                               ◊    Arts Magnet Schools
                               ◊    Post Secondary Education Options
                               ◊    Distance learning (via computers)
                               ◊    District music, dance, drama, and/or visual art
                                    performances/exhibitions
                               ◊    District honor bands or choirs
                               ◊    Arts-based tutoring (MAGIC)
                               ◊    *Arts-based clubs at school

       In addition, students can take advantage of other resources in the commu-
       nity that will nurture their talent and success. Some possibilities are:
       ◊ *After-school arts programs (link to after-school site)
       ◊ Arts classes at community arts schools
       ◊ Dance or theatre productions
       ◊ Summer programs - residential or day (Link to ODE Summer Programs
            page and OAGC summer page)

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                              To contact us: Phone: 614.224.1060
                                      Fax: 614.241.5329
                                     Email: info@oaae.net
                        For Gifted Coordinators


                                The Role of the Gifted Coordinator
                                The Gifted Coordinator (GC) is responsible for
                                organizing and following through with nominations,
                                identification, and service, and for keeping records.
                                He or she does not need expertise in the arts, but
Need for Gifted Arts            should understand the procedures and find or
Identification                  develop the resources to make the program run
                                smoothly.
                                This is a complex task, made easier by enlisting
Nomination &
                                the help and support of school arts teachers,
Identification
                                principals, and other district personnel who can
                                provide resources. Occasionally part of this role is
                                performed by an arts supervisor or gifted arts
Service for Students            coordinator. Many district GC’s combine their
Gifted in the Arts              efforts and pool resources with other districts (such
                                as the Tri-County Educational Service Center).


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                                Gifted identification procedures for the arts require
                                unique planning processes:
                                ◊ Identification tasks are performance-based;
For Arts Educators                  testing thus requires trained individuals,
                                    appropriate space, and careful scheduling.
                                ◊ Occasionally districts may pool resources and
                                    hold performance opportunities on weekends.
                                    If such testing takes place outside of the school
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                                    day, the district should provide transportation
                                    or an alternate opportunity during the school
                                    day.
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Coordinators
                                ◊ Identification must be done by evaluators
                                    trained in children’s artistic development.
                                    School arts teachers, if enlisted, should
                                    evaluate students other than their own so as to
                                    maintain objectivity.
For Administrators              ◊ If visual art students are bringing artwork from
                                    home, there must be a space to store the art
                                    until the portfolio assessments are completed.
                                ◊ Gifted identification in the arts requires close
For Parents & Families              communication and planning among:
                                         ∗ Gifted Coordinators
                                         ∗ Arts teachers
                                         ∗ Principals
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                                         ∗ Artists and arts organizations
                                         ∗ Parents
                                         ∗ Students
                                         ∗ Classroom teachers
                                Some suggestions for improving planning are:
                                ◊ Encourage the district or educational service
                                   centers to pool resources to bring in trained
                                   artists for professional development in all art
                                   forms or to provide identification classes.
                                ◊ Use the district Self-Assessment Tool to
                                   evaluate current district procedures according
                                   to ODE guidelines, best practices, and criteria
                                   for fair and equitable identification.




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                          To contact us: Phone: 614.224.1060
                                  Fax: 614.241.5329
                                 Email: info@oaae.net
                               For Arts Educators


                               About Arts Educators
                               Arts educators have the most direct contact with students
                               talented in the arts. Most often their work is with students in
                               music and visual art; 75% of Ohio’s schools offer no
                               drama instruction and 82% offer no dance instruction,
                               according to OAAE’s 2005 “Status of Arts Education in
                               Ohio’s School Districts” Survey. Arts educators use district
                               and state academic content standards to guide student
                               instruction. Arts educators are accountable to students,
Need for Gifted Arts           parents, supervisors, and the entire community in their
Identification                 approach to teaching. Often they travel from school to
                               school; many arts educators teach more than 700 students
                               each week.
Nomination &
Identification
                               The Role of Arts Educators
                               Arts educators have a unique perspective: because they
                               generally see all the students in a school, they are skilled at
                               observing many students during short time periods. By
Service for Students           designating certain performance-based activities in their
Gifted in the Arts
                               curriculum as activities where they will specifically look for
                               students’ innate talents, they can build nomination and
                               screening into their regular teaching. Performance activities
For Gifted                     are located primarily in the ODE arts content standard
Coordinators                   “Creative Expression and Communication”. Partnering with
                               colleagues of complementary abilities can ensure that their
                               students will participate in a variety of artistic experiences.
                               For example, a teacher who is strong in vocal music can
For Arts Educators             partner with an African drummer to observe students in
                               percussion activities.

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                               The following are suggestions for how arts educators can
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                               assist with gifted identification in the arts:
                               ◊ Ask the Gifted Coordinator about the district policy and
                                   plan, grade levels served, professional development
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Coordinators
                                   available, sources of funding, and perceived needs.
                               ◊ Assess your own skills regarding your experience with
                                   different styles and genres of your art form, with an eye
                                   toward either increasing your skills or pairing with
                                   another arts educator who has different skills.
For Administrators             ◊ Consider developing a protocol for a series of
                                   identification classes for students who have been
                                   nominated. You can see a group of students three or
For Parents &                      four times in activities that you know are designed to
Families                           show their very best artistic abilities.
                               ◊ Educate district leaders about the benefits of gifted
                                   identification in the arts. Also, educate school staff
                                   about the importance of gifted identification in the arts
Useful Links                       for closing achievement gaps, and support its inclusion
                                   in the School Continuous Improvement Plan. (Ask your
                                   principal to see a copy of this plan.)
                               ◊ Explore what arts organizations in your area offer
                                   professional development as well as services to
                                   identified students.
                               ◊ Consider identification costs when planning your
                                   budget; the cost of hiring trained artists to screen all 3rd
                                   or 4th graders may well pay off in the development of
                                   higher level arts programs, which in turn bring more
                                   parental support to the school. If you plan to perform
                                   identification yourself, include time for training and
                                   developing identification plans.
                               ◊ Request that district professional development be
                                   provided to align the new arts content standards with
                                   district curriculum and gifted identification.
                               ◊ Request that all arts education staff have adequate
                                   professional development time to plan their own
                                   identification curriculum.


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                               To contact us: Phone: 614.224.1060
                                       Fax: 614.241.5329
                                      Email: info@oaae.net
                           For Teaching Artists


                             About Teaching Artists
                             Many teaching artists across Ohio are involved with
                             local schools through artist residencies, workshops,
                             performances, and as parents. Some are specifically
                             trained in processes of gifted identification. They are
                             generally artists who excel at their art form and have a
                             passion for sharing their work with children. Teaching
Need for Gifted Arts
                             artists can be independent or affiliated with an arts
Identification               organization; they offer tremendous resources for the
                             process of identifying and serving students gifted in the
                             arts.
Nomination &
Identification
                             For Teaching Artists
                             The following are suggestions for how teaching artists
                             can assist with gifted identification in the arts:
                             ◊ Contact the district’s Gifted Coordinator to make him
Service for Students             or her aware of your availability.
Gifted in the Arts
                             ◊ When you are scheduled for a residency, ask the
                                 coordinator what the procedures are for identifying
                                 students gifted in the arts and ask if you can help
For Gifted                       during the residency.
Coordinators                 ◊ Develop your powers of observation so that when
                                 you do a workshop or performance in a school, you
                                 can nominate students who succeed in your
                                 activities. Often students will respond in ways that
For Arts Educators               their daily teachers don’t see.
                             ◊ Ensure that special education students participate in
                                 activities you present.
                             ◊ If you are asked to participate in gifted identification,
For Teaching Artists             make sure you are knowledgeable about the
                                 developmental abilities of students at the age level
                                 you will be seeing.
For Curriculum               ◊ Follow up by asking what services will be offered to
Coordinators                     the identified students, and share any resources you
                                 know.
                             ◊ Explore opportunities to partner with the school;
                                 some schools encourage after-school classes on
                                 their site. You may even be able to find scholarships
For Administrators
                                 for students who cannot pay.
                             ◊ Offer to volunteer in schools once a year; your
                                 presence can demonstrate in a powerful way the
For Parents &
Families
                                 importance of engaging students in the arts. Ohio
                                 Citizens for the Arts sponsors these volunteer
                                 opportunities on its annual Arts Day.
                             ◊ If you are also a parent, ask to be involved with your
                                 school’s Continuous Improvement Committee to
Useful Links                     include the arts in all aspects of school
                                 improvement. To see a copy of the School
                                 Continuous Improvement Plan, ask the principal.
                             ◊ Apply to be on the roster of an artist-in-residence
                                 program (for example, Ohio Arts Council, Greater
                                 Columbus Arts Council, Muse Machine, and Young
                                 Audiences of Greater Cleveland).
                             ◊ Look for workshops that teach artists about using
                                 the Academic Content Standards in their work with
                                 schools: when you can link your work to school’s
                                 learning objectives, they may be more interested in
                                 using artistic approaches.




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                             To contact us: Phone: 614.224.1060
                                     Fax: 614.241.5329
                                    Email: info@oaae.net
                           For Curriculum Coordinators

                            The Role of the Curriculum Coordinator

                            While not usually directly involved in the identification of
                            gifted students, Curriculum Coordinators do see the
Need for Gifted Arts
Identification              process in the context of the whole educational
                            experience.

                            How the Curriculum Coordinator can help
Nomination &
Identification
                            ◊ Contact the Gifted Coordinator to learn how
                               curriculum services relate to gifted identification
                               programs. For example:
                               ⇒ What course options are provided for gifted students?
Service for Students           ⇒ Is differentiated instruction included in all classes?
Gifted in the Arts
                               ⇒ Do gifted students receive services once a week in a
                                     pullout classroom? If so, how does this work relate to
                                     the ongoing classroom curriculum?
For Gifted                         ⇒ Are advanced classes available at the middle and
Coordinators                         high school level in all academic areas, including the
                                     arts?
                            ◊      Make sure principals know that gifted identification
                                   in the arts is an important part of service to all
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                                   children, especially for those who are artistically
                                   talented but struggling academically. Arts-based
                                   instruction may provide their only opportunity to
                                   learn successfully.
                            ◊      Many students that are gifted in the performing arts
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                                   are kinesthetic learners and respond well to all art
                                   forms. Help ensure that those students will also
                                   succeed academically by supporting the integration
For Curriculum                     of arts processes into all classrooms.
Coordinators
                            ◊      When developing curriculum and choosing
                                   textbooks, ask your arts educators to recommend
                                   standards-based activities that can help them see
                                   the abilities of all students.
For Administrators          ◊      Encourage arts educators to include, in their
                                   curriculum, activities that can be differentiated to
                                   serve many different levels of students in one
For Parents &                      classroom, as well as performance-based
Families                           assessments.
                            ◊      Advocate for your district to provide appropriate
                                   professional development for all arts educators as
                                   well as physical education teachers. Many PE
Useful Links                       teachers have some background in dance and can
                                   be trained to screen students for giftedness in
                                   dance.
                            ◊      Arts educators need time to plan together; help
                                   ensure that on professional development days they
                                   are given the necessary time and resources..
                            ◊      At district-level or ESC-level meetings, help make
                                   sure that gifted identification in the arts is on the
                                   agenda for an update and calendar check. Review
                                   the District Self Assessment Tool for suggestions.
                            ◊      If you need to cultivate business partnerships in
                                   your community, ask groups of gifted arts students
                                   to perform at lunchtime events or fundraisers.
                            ◊      Investigate arts-based tutoring. Small groups that
                                   focus on transferring self-regulatory behaviors from
                                   the arts to other subjects can give struggling
                                   students the tools they need to succeed. Special
                                   education teachers are particularly good at this kind
                                   of creative tutoring.
                            ◊      Encourage schools to build success into their
                                   curriculum by incorporating artistic activities into the
                                   areas where growth is most needed on test scores,
                                   thus addressing a multiple-intelligences approach to
                                   learning.



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                                        Fax: 614.241.5329
                                       Email: info@oaae.net
                                  For Administrators

                                The Role of the Administrator
                                Research has shown that one of the most important factors in
                                successfully cultivating a climate that supports students gifted
                                in the arts is the support of the principal. Building
                                administrators who support gifted identification in the arts
                                know the benefits are many:
                                ◊ Arts classes that engage talented students improve
                                     attendance, attitude, and self-esteem. (Link?)
Need for Gifted Arts            ◊ School improvement plans address arts education as an
Identification                       important part of improving test scores, building
                                     community, and creating teamwork.
                                ◊ Identifying students as gifted in the arts and having them
                                     involved in school activities brings more parents to the
Nomination &
                                     school.
Identification
                                ◊ Arts activities can be key to the success for students who
                                     display inappropriate behavior in the classroom. The
                                     doodlers, the class clowns, the squirmers, and those who
Service for Students                 are always tapping on a desk often have great talents to
Gifted in the Arts                   share and can be an asset to any classroom if they are
                                     engaged, and if their instruction is differentiated to meet
                                     their learning needs.
                                ◊ Excellent performing ensembles bring attention to the
                                     school.
For Gifted Coordinators         The Ohio School Boards Association recently issued the
                                Student Achievement Resource Kit # 9 entitled “Does Arts
                                Education in Public Schools Increase Student Achievement?”
                                stating that “actively engaging in the arts increases academic
                                achievement,” and recommending that districts incorporate all
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                                core subject areas, including the arts, into the improvement
                                strategies promoted by the No Child Left Behind Act.

                                District and building administrators can help in the following
For Teaching Artists            ways:
                                ◊ Facilitate partnerships between Gifted Coordinators and
                                     arts educators by having joint conversations with those
For Curriculum
                                     assigned to your school.
Coordinators                    ◊ Educate district leadership about the benefits of gifted
                                     identification in the arts. Also, educate school site staff
                                     about the importance of gifted identification in the arts for
                                     closing achievement gaps; encourage them to include it
                                     in the School Improvement Plan.
For Administrators              ◊ Explore business partnerships that can help fund small
                                     performing or visual arts groups. These students can
                                     then be ambassadors to and for those businesses.
                                ◊ Plan to arrange time at least once a month when school
For Parents & Families
                                     arts educators can meet with each other (some schools
                                     have three music teachers who never see each other)
                                     and when they can meet with other classroom teachers
                                     to support each other’s work as well as develop teaching
                                     strategies for the most artistic students.
Useful Links                    ◊ Request staff development to learn creative ways of
                                     helping arts-gifted students succeed.
                                ◊ When hiring staff, look for creative teachers who would
                                     be capable of serving a cluster of artistically talented
                                     students in their class.
                                ◊ Investigate the unique talents of your staff. Teachers are
                                     often willing to use their artistic talents to work with
                                     students during and after school, or to have those
                                     students help them with a class project.
                                ◊ Share successes and struggles with other administrators:
                                     at conferences ask what they are doing; request district
                                     professional development to illuminate the issues; talk
                                     with other schools that seem to have successful arts
                                     programs.
                                ◊ Consider instituting an activity period once or twice a
                                     week. Gifted students can get advanced instruction in
                                     their art form, while other students explore hands-on
                                     activities in new areas taught by the principal and all
                                     staff. Gardening, science experiments, art projects - the
                                     ideas for small classes are unlimited. This takes some
                                     scheduling expertise but can be rewarding to all
                                     concerned, and is a research-based model for school
                                     improvement (the Schoolwide Enrichment Model). If
                                     there is a pullout class for students gifted in the arts,
                                     trouble-shoot with classroom teachers to help ensure
                                     that students are able to make up any missed work.


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                 Arts Educators | For Teaching Artists | For Curriculum Coordinators |
                       For Administrators | For Parents & Families | Useful Links

                              To contact us: Phone: 614.224.1060
                                      Fax: 614.241.5329
                                     Email: info@oaae.net
                             For Parents & Families


                               If there is an artistically talented student in
                               your family, you are in for an interesting
                               experience! Many artistically talented students do
                               not fit the mold of the “good” student: they are
                               creative thinkers who tend to learn by doing, not
                               by listening and writing.
                               One of the most important things parents can do
                               is to support and nurture their student’s talents.
                               This is an important part of who students are and
                               needs to be validated whether or not they choose
                               an artistic profession.
Need for Gifted Arts
Identification                 The Role of the Parent and Family:
                               ◊ Advocate for your student: if you think your
                                  student may be gifted, contact your Gifted
Nomination &                      Coordinator and ask to have him/her
Identification                    screened. If your student is identified as
                                  gifted, contact local arts organizations and
                                  network with anyone you know to find
                                  resources for your student.
Service for Students
Gifted in the Arts             ◊ Don’t give up if you don’t get the response you
                                  need. There are support networks all over the
                                  state for families of gifted children.
                               ◊ Ask school arts educators how they can adapt
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Coordinators
                                  instruction to help meet the needs of your
                                  student. Ask for them to be available at Parent
                                  Teacher Conferences.
                               ◊ Ask to be part of creating the Written
                                  Education Plan (WEP) to develop services for
For Arts Educators                your student.
                               ◊ If your student is struggling academically, ask,
                                  ask, ask for extra help. Find a teacher who is
                                  creative and understands artistic talent and
For Teaching Artists              ask for that person to be included in a district
                                  tutoring program. Ask for your student to be
                                  placed each year with this kind of teacher,
For Curriculum                    preferably grouped with other similar students
Coordinators                      in the same class (sometimes called
                                  clustering).
                               ◊ Find a mentor for your student - a relative,
                                  high school, college, or community person
For Administrators                who is involved in the arts and can help your
                                  student participate in or attend arts activities.
                               ◊ Get involved in your local School
For Parents &
                                  Improvement Committee, School Board, PTA
Families                          or any other local education organization, and
                                  advocate for these talented students who are
                                  often misunderstood. It is a great legacy to
                                  leave for your student, and will demonstrate
                                  your understanding and support.
Useful Links
                               ◊ If you have a talent, volunteer to share it with
                                  students in your schools. Being in the school
                                  is the best way to build a positive relationship
                                  with your student’s teachers.
                               ◊ If money for lessons or classes is tight, see if
                                  you can barter services or things with
                                  someone who can work with your student -
                                  artists need yard work done too! Ask for
                                  scholarships - you never know.
                               ◊ If you have web access, search the links listed
                                  for parents and families - there are wonderful
                                  examples of activities to share with your
                                  student and support for finding appropriate
                                  services. (Hoagies Gifted and National Assoc.
                                  for Gifted Children)


                   Need for Gifted Arts Identification | Nomination & Identification |
                 Service for Students Gifted in the Arts | For Gifted Coordinators | For
                 Arts Educators | For Teaching Artists | For Curriculum Coordinators |
                       For Administrators | For Parents & Families | Useful Links

                                To contact us: Phone: 614.224.1060
                                        Fax: 614.241.5329
                                       Email: info@oaae.net
                           Useful Links
                       This page contains links to parenting and gifted
                       education, arts education, and education resources.


Need for Gifted Arts
                              Parenting and Gifted Education
Identification
                              National Association for Gifted Children www.nagc.org
                              A terrific resource for gaining understanding of gifted issues
                              across the country. Hundreds of links to articles on many
                              topics and resources for parents.
Nomination &
                              Hoagies Gifted Page www.hoagiesgifted.org
Identification
                              Created by a dedicated parent, Hoagies is the go-to site for
                              all things gifted. Lots of support for parents, lots of resources,
                              and informally worded.
Service for Students          Ohio Association for Gifted Children www.oagc.com
Gifted in the Arts            Find out what is happening in your area of the state, learn
                              how you can advocate for gifted students, and discover
                              resources for parents, teachers, coordinators, and
                              administrators. Excellent Handbooks for classroom teachers
For Gifted
                              and parents.
Coordinators
                              Ohio Department of Education Gifted Services
                              www.ode.state.oh.us/exceptional_children/gifted_children
                              Find all the state policy and rules about gifted education, as
                              well as download the Handbooks for Gifted Identification in
For Arts Educators            the Arts. Links to the arts content standards and sample
                              Written Education Plans.



For Teaching Artists          Arts Education Organizations
                              Ohio Alliance for Arts Education www.oaae.net
                              Your statewide organization supporting arts education. Join
                              and receive a comprehensive state directory as well as
For Curriculum
Coordinators
                              weekly email reports on arts education. A terrific networking
                              organization.
                              Ohio Citizens for the Arts www.ohiocitizensforthearts.org/
                              foundation
                              Sponsors Arts Day and the Governor’s Awards for the Arts,
For Administrators            with the Ohio Arts Council. Teaching artists can volunteer for
                              Arts Day residencies. Also the site to go to if you want to
                              contact your Ohio legislators.
For Parents &                 Arts Schools Networks www.artsschoolnetwork.org/
Families                      member_schools
                              An international network of public and private arts-focused
                              pre-college schools.
                              The Kennedy Center www.kennedy-center.org/education
Useful Links                  Our national site for the arts. Full of Professional
                              Development resources for both teachers and artists.



        Arts Organizations
        Ohio Arts Council www.oac.state.oh.us
        Find information on artist residency programs and community programs that can be
        resource for your school, as well as funding opportunities for arts education.
        Local Arts Organizations www.oac.state.oh.us/resources/statewide
        A listing of all the arts organization in the state. Find a partner for your school!
        National Guild of Community Arts Schools www.nationalguild.org
        Find community music, art, and theatre schools for after-school, weekend, and
        summer programs.

        Education Resources
        Ohio Educational Service Centers www.oesca.org
        These regional centers offer professional development for teachers and often serve
        as networks where rural districts can collaborate on gifted services.
        Ohio School Boards Association www.osba-ohio.org/Files/SALTKit9.pdf
        Lots of resources; especially the toolkit “Does Arts Education in Public Schools
        Increase Student Achievement?”




                   Need for Gifted Arts Identification | Nomination & Identification |
                 Service for Students Gifted in the Arts | For Gifted Coordinators | For
                 Arts Educators | For Teaching Artists | For Curriculum Coordinators |
                       For Administrators | For Parents & Families | Useful Links

                              To contact us: Phone: 614.224.1060
                                      Fax: 614.241.5329
                                     Email: info@oaae.net

				
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