At the elementary level, we provide gifted services in the content areas of English language arts and math. In addition, sixth-graders may also qualify for advanced science and social studies.
Debbie Roberts has been a Gifted Intervention Specialist since 2013. Prior to that, she taught grades 3, 4 and 5 as a regular classroom teacher for 18 years. As a gifted intervention specialist, she works with students and teachers in the building, encouraging students to stretch their thinking. She pulls small groups of students to work on thinking skills and specific content skills. She also helps support the Math Plus, ELA Plus and Advanced Classes Teachers.
About Gifted Services
Lakota is committed to providing every single student with a unique and challenging educational experience.
While Gifted Services are not mandated in Ohio, Lakota believes in providing a quality and rigorous education that challenges all students. Through a large menu of opportunities, advanced students may be identified as gifted and participate in a wide continuum of programs or services designed to meet their unique learning needs, including:
- An advanced curriculum;
- Use of differentiated instructional strategies;
- Placement in specific gifted programs;
- Subject or whole grade acceleration or advancement;
- Honors and advanced placement classes for secondary students; or
- Early graduation.
The type of service and programming provided to gifted students depends on recent assessment data and what is determined to be most appropriate in meeting an individual student’s needs.
The Lakota Board of Education’s Community Conversation on gifted education has been rescheduled for Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Plains Junior School Innovation Hub.
Dates for the previously announced Community Conversations will be announced in the near future.
Far more than a hundred pounds of cucumbers and a couple pounds of carrots sprouted from the new gardens at Lakota’s four junior schools. In fact, according to 7-12 gifted advisor Ron Henrich, at the root of the philanthropy project led by a subgroup of gifted students for a local food pantry was leadership training.
“For a lot of the students I work with, all their lives they’re told they’re smart and truly exceptional, but are we training them to lead,” challenged Henrich, who leans into an annual project with his seventh-graders across all four junior schools to do just that. “Leadership skills need to be intentionally taught and experienced and once that happens, it’s ingrained."
The Community Conversation about Gifted Education on 8/13 has been postponed.
Lakota Central Office
5572 Princeton Road
Liberty Twp., OH 45011
Phone: (513) 644-1186
Fax: (513) 644-1181