Gifted and Talented


                 Gifted and Talented Education

Ottawa Area ISD is committed to serving the needs of all students within its schools and local districts. Meeting the educational needs of gifted students is just as important as meeting the needs of at-risk learners. OAISD provides a variety of resources and services to educators, students, and parents to support accelerated learning.


  • A Gifted and Talented Education affiliate group of educators from local districts meets throughout the school year to network about resources and ideas to support accelerated learning. 
  • 2017-18 Affiliate Meetings are scheduled throughout the year in September, December & February from 12:30-3:00 p.m.
  • Annual Gifted Conference presented in partnership with Michigan Association for Gifted Children will be held on April 26, 2018, 8:30 a.m-3:30 p.m. at the Ottawa Area ISD---We are so fortunate to announce that Dr. James Delisle will be our keynote speaker and will lead breakout sessions designed for teachers and parents throughout the day.  There will also be additional breakout sessions throughout the day for educators and parents. 
  •  Dr. Delisle is well known in the education community as a specialist in working with gifted learners and those who work on their behalf for more than 39 years.  He is an author of more than 250 articles and 19 books.  One of his latest books is "Dumbing Down America, The War on Our Nation's Brightest Young Minds (and what we can do to fight back)".    That theme will be his keynote address on April 26. Register here.

At the annual conference a Distinguished Service Award is awarded:

  • 2013-Lori Sanders, teacher at Blue Star Elementary, Hamilton Community Schools 

  • 2014-Denise Smyk, teacher at Lakewood Elementary, West Ottawa Public Schools 

  • 2015-Michael Dalman, principal, Woodbridge Elementary, Zeeland Public Schools

  • 2016-Sharon Leerar, teacher, Hudsonville Christian Schools

  • 2017-Kelley Senkowski, past president Michigan Association of Gifted Children and member of the OAISD GT committee

  • 2018-Kelly Scaturro, teacher, Zeeland Public Schools


Parents are encouraged to review the links and resources available on this website.

Federal Definition of Giftedness

The federal government defines "gifted and talented" students, children, or youth as those

...who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities. 

No Child Left Behind Act, P.L. 107-110 (Title IX, Part A, Definitions (22) (2002); 20 U.S.C. Sec. 7802 (22) (2004))


Michigan Association for Gifted Education

The Dos and Don'ts of Instruction: What It Means To Teach Gifted Learners Well

PDF DocumentGlossary for Gifted and Talented Education





Local District Links


Associations & Organizations

For more information contact:
Jane Snyder, Gifted and Talented Consultant
616-399-6802 or 616-610-1434