On August 3rd and 4th, 2022, Dr. Richard Cash led a gifted education workshop for local teachers. Day one of the workshop supplied information on the characteristics of gifted learners, how the brain works, and self-regulation strategies for learners. On day two of the workshop, educators were given instructional strategies to use in their classrooms, including the seven critical questioning strategies (analogy, analysis of point of view, incompletion, web analysis, hypothetical thinking, reversal, and application of different symbol systems), the
E 3 (Enrichment, Extension, and Enhancement), and Differentiating UP. Examples of these strategies in action across all grade levels and content areas were provided. Educator Sandy Plantz commented that, “Dr. Richard Cash was a highly engaging and knowledgeable speaker about the unique approaches to teaching gifted students."
The Gifted Education Professional Development supported participants in obtaining the 15 required contact hours of high-quality professional development to be a service provider for gifted learners. The professional development was aligned with the Ohio Department of Education Competencies. The collaboration among the local school districts and the Gallia-Vinton ESC proved to be a success. All of those involved look forward to supporting teachers with future trainings in gifted education.