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Curriculum & Instruction

Talented and Gifted (TAG)

Please go here for information about our Talented and Gifted Program.

4.27.16 - Parents of students in grades 3 & 5 received letters identifying next year's class placement as 4th & 6th graders. If a student did not receive a TAG placement and the parent is interested in pursuing TAG ELA and/or math classes for next year, it is necessary for the parent to complete the Parent Inquiry Form. Please complete the form and email the document to Dr. Sarah Cacciatore at cacciatore@ogschool.orgby May 13th. The Advisory Council will consider all of the data and make a final placement decision no later than June 3rd.

TAG Parent Overview of Placement Process:

Grades 3 & 5 - slides presented at parent night 2.8.17

Presenters:

5.10.16 - The TAG committee was pleased to welcome Lakeshore Learning to our school for our second parent evening. With a presentation called, "Developing Conversations about Student Learning, Fostering the School to Home Connection." Parents and their accompanying students, learned how to have better conversations about learning at home. The focus of the discussion was around students entering kindergarten through fifth grade and all participants received a backpack full of goodies to support the conversation at home after the event.

2.2.16 - The TAG committee was pleased to present Michele Kane, Ed.D. Dr. Kane is Professor of Special Education at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago where she coordinates the Master of Arts in Gifted Education Program. She has served the gifted community as a public school district gifted coordinator; through private programs such as Camp Summit for the Gifted, PG Retreat, and SENG; and in leadership positions within both the Illinois and National Associations for Gifted Children.

Inspired by her experience raising six gifted children, a major focus of Michele's work is related to parenting and social and emotional needs of the gifted child. Please review her presentation here to learn more.  If you have any additional questions for Michele, her contact information is included in the presentation.

10.16.17 - The TAG committee was pleased to welcome back Michele Kane, Ed.D. Dr. Kane is Professor of Special Education at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago where she coordinates the Master of Arts in Gifted Education Program. She served the gifted community as a public school district gifted coordinator; through private programs such as Camp Summit for the Gifted, PG Retreat, and SENG; and in leadership positions within both the Illinois and National Associations for Gifted Children.
 
Inspired by her experience raising six gifted children, a major focus of Michele's work is related to parenting and social and emotional needs of the gifted child.

Her presentation, Building Emotional Courage, took place on October 16th. Dr. Kane’s presentation focused on recognizing that gifted children are exquisitely sensitive to their own inner world and that of others. Intuitively aware, they may feel the pain of the world. It can be overwhelming to understand the magnitude of the world’s ills and someone may feel unable to respond meaningfully. Dr. Kane discussed how children need assistance from caring adults to develop a healthy repertoire of responses, which cultivates emotional courage. There is a growing body of research on gratitude, compassion, optimism, and mindfulness that foster emotional development and that provides a pathway from empathy to action that Dr. Kane shared with parents. Please review her presentation here to learn more.

If you have any additional questions for Michele, her contact information is included in the presentation.