(18 customer reviews)

Presenter: Angela Osborne, OAGC
Core Area: Learning Environments 2.4; Instructional Planning and Strategies 5.1; ODE Teacher Competencies a, c, f, g; OAGC Acceleration
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 5

If you’re thinking about accelerating a gifted student, the process can seem mysterious and overwhelming. Many myths exist about acceleration, and in this 4-hour course, educator Angela Osborne shares data-driven facts about acceleration and gives examples from her own experiences. After taking this course, you’ll be able to confidently navigate the entire acceleration process from start to finish.  

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Academic acceleration is one of the most impactful strategies for meeting the needs of gifted learners. For educators considering acceleration, the process can seem difficult, and many don’t know where to begin.

In this course, education expert Angela Osborne leads participants through the process from start to finish. Ms. Osborne explores the myths many believe about acceleration and reviews a data-driven process for making placement decisions. The course also includes an overview of Ohio’s acceleration policy.

This 5-hour course is the perfect tool for educators to refer to throughout their careers whenever you encounter a student who may need to be accelerated. You’ll learn about:

  • What acceleration is
  • Who makes a good candidate for acceleration
  • Common myths and the truth about acceleration
  • The question of maturity
  • Pathways to acceleration
  • Acceleration alternatives
After taking this in-depth course, you’ll be able to confidently navigate the acceleration process and explain it to parents and students.

This course applies to the following standards:

NAGC Standards 2.4, 5.1
ODE Competencies a, f, g

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

Presenter Bio

Angela Osborne is the first vice president of the Ohio Association for Gifted Children. She serves as gifted coordinator for Marion City Schools. Angela earned a B.A. and MBA prior to discovering her love of teaching. She then completed coursework through the Ohio State University and the University of Connecticut to earn her gifted licensure. She has been in the field of education for 15 years, all of which have been passionately focused on working with gifted students. Angela is a member of the Gifted Coordinators of Central Ohio (GCCO) and is currently serving as a representative to the OAGC Governing Board. 

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18 reviews for The Decision to Accelerate – From Start to Finish

  1. Becky – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    Good overview of the process

  2. Adrian – HARMONY SCIENCE ACADEMY & SCHOOL OF SCIENCE – HOUSTON SOUTH 101846 OR 101862 (verified owner)


  3. Kate – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    Very clear and concise PD; it explained the acceleration process in a way that was easy to understand.

  4. Felicia – SOUTHWEST ISD (verified owner)

    Presenter was highly knowledgeable and the course was broken into easily to understand sections.

  5. Allison – BETHEL LOCAL (verified owner)

    Informative and insightful

  6. Lori – CONROE ISD (verified owner)

    I thought the course was beneficial and offered a great deal of insight to accelerating students.

  7. Stephanie – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    I love that you can complete the course at your own pace because teaching is crazy hectic, the presenter was also great and kept it relevant to the reality in a classroom.



  9. Matthew – NEWARK CITY (verified owner)

    Some good info from a teacher/parent of gifted students.

  10. Eric – CARLISLE LOCAL (verified owner)

    It was informative.

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