Curriculum Compacting – More Than Just Moving Quickly


Presenter: Tara Toft, Dr. Julie McDonald, OAGC
Core Area: ODE Teacher Competencies a, b, c; Assessment 2.5.2; Curriculum Planning and Instruction 3.1.6; Programming 5.1.1
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Curriculum compaction is much more than just moving more quickly through content. It’s about setting your gifted students up for success. In this 1-hour course, presenters Tara Toft and Dr. Julie McDonald share the process for compacting curriculum to ensure mastery of grade-level content standards and preparation for advanced standards in future years. 

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Though curriculum compacting can pose a challenge for many teachers, it offers many benefits as a form of differentiation for gifted learners. In this 1-hour course, presenters Tara Toft, the Coordinator for Advanced Academic Studies in Sandusky City Schools, and Dr. Julie McDonald, the Coordinator of Gifted Services for Huron City Schools, share the process for compacting curriculum to ensure mastery of grade level content standards and preparation for advanced standards in future years.

In this course, you will learn about: 

  • The benefits of using curriculum compaction
  • The potential disadvantages of using curriculum compaction
  • Identifying students who would benefit from curriculum compaction
  • The steps for proper curriculum compaction
  • Preparation for formal acceleration, the next step after curriculum compaction
This course addresses the following standards:
NAGC Standards 1.4, 1.7, 3.4, 3.6, 5.1, 5.3
ODE Competencies a, b, c

Click here for a leader’s guide created by the Ohio Association for the Gifted and Talented.

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86 reviews for Curriculum Compacting – More Than Just Moving Quickly

  1. Amy – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    It is interesting but it focuses mostly on Ohio regulations and uses a lot of Ohio jargon.

  2. John – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    This course seemed more about when to accelerate instruction

  3. Laura – CARROLL ISD (verified owner)

    Strongly geared towards educators based in Ohio.

  4. Brent – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    I really liked this, but not sure if it is available in our district/state. I plan on looking into how it can be implemented here.

  5. Lisa – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Not applicable

  6. Melissa – CORPUS CHRISTI ISD (verified owner)

    Informative and gives key aspects of compacting curriculum

  7. Bernardo – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    The course was informative and will impact my teaching in the classroom.

  8. Annette – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    Interesting way to maximize instructional time while ensuring mastery of the material.

  9. Carmen – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It was a little different of what I was expecting.

  10. Aileen – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    This is a great course to show the benefits of differentiation.

  11. April Renee – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


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  13. Diana – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative.

  14. Juan Pedro – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This course is interesting but I am curious how this can be used in the state of Texas or if we have something similar.

  15. Alan – EANES ISD (verified owner)

    This was an interesting, resource-based presentation.

  16. Randi L. – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great course

  17. Laura – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  18. Janet – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Well organized and informative

  19. Karen – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)


  20. becky – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)


  21. Santos A. – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It is like one is given permission to skip some materials that the state demands. I love the idea of being responsive to the students achievement levels and giving teacher greater freedom to cover more material in depth.

  22. John – SOUTHWEST ISD (verified owner)

    Would be better if it wasn’t focused on Ohio. Lots of potential for an overarching overview of the concepts.

  23. Cynthia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Much of the info was geared towards OHIO standards

  24. Diana – Pilot (verified owner)

    This course will allow a teacher to implement additional instructional strategies to enhance the quality of learning for students. It allows a teacher to put more emphasis on newly introduced material and deeper depth by being able to eliminate or shorten the teaching time on previously mastered skills.

  25. Seth – St Marys City Schools (verified owner)


  26. Gina – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    It would be great if this presentation was Texas based.

  27. Erin – COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    It was a great overview of compacting!

  28. Sarah – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)

    I loved how they explained it so fully and reiterated the importance of actually doing a compacted curriculum.

  29. Roxanne Selee – HALLSVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    This session isn’t based in Texas, so many of the resources they talk about do not help. In addition, they didn’t talk about social studies or how to compact curriculum when the grade prior to your class isn’t teaching the standards.

  30. Veronica – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    I felt the scenario part of the presentation was very beneficial.

  31. Sylvia – LA FERIA ISD (verified owner)

    Learned what compacting is all about

  32. Barbara – BETHEL LOCAL (verified owner)

    This was a meaningful introduction to Curriculum Compacting and the benefits it offers to students who qualify.

  33. Karen – MIDLOTHIAN ISD (verified owner)

    It was very helpful

  34. Suma – PLANO ISD (verified owner)

    Good course.

  35. william – SOUTHWEST ISD (verified owner)


  36. Cara – ROCK HILL LOCAL (verified owner)

    There was some good information, but I was a bit disengaged when the speakers began using buzzwords and acronyms without defining them.

  37. Kristen – NEWARK CITY (verified owner)

    I found it to be very well done and it kept my attention the entire time.

  38. Alyssa – Review (verified owner)

    This course was very informative. I learned several things that I had not considered.

  39. Matthew – PARMA CITY (verified owner)

    Good course, as a high school math teacher I think the course was directed more towards elementary and middle school educators

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