Gifted and Talented

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. 

2018-19 Affiliate Meetings are scheduled throughout the year in September, December & February from 12:30-3:00 p.m.

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))


External Link Michigan Association for Gifted Education

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

Upcoming Events

AFFILIATE GROUP MEETINGS are held September, December & February.  All meetings are held from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Ottawa Area ISD - Educational Services Building, 13565 Port Sheldon Street, Holland, MI.   This year the dates are September 12, December 13 and February 6.   The annual conference will be held on April 25, 2019.

Lunch is provided.  Please come to one or all, as your time permits. RSVP to: