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

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Presenter Bio

Dr. McDonald began her teaching career as a gifted intervention specialist almost 2 decades ago. She currently serves as the director of curriculum and instruction and coordinator of gifted services for Huron City Schools. Dr. McDonald has been the past chair of the Coordinator’s Division, presenting as numerous OAGC functions over the years. She enjoys presenting at national and international conferences. Julie earned her BS in Secondary Education, MEd in Special Education, and EdD in Leadership Studies with a focus on Gifted Education from Bowling Green State University.  

Tara Toft has 22 years of experience in education, including 7 years in gifted education. She currently serves as the principal of the Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies and the Coordinator for Advanced Academic Studies in Sandusky City Schools. Tara also serves as the Region 2 Representative for the OAGC Governing Board and as a member of the OAGC Conference Committee. She has presented at district parent events as well as state and national conferences. Tara earned an Associate of Arts from Cuyahoga Community College, a BA in Elementary Education, MA in Curriculum and Instruction, and Administrative License from Bowling Green State University, and endorsement in Gifted Education from Cleveland State University. 

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59 reviews for Curriculum Compacting – More Than Just Moving Quickly

  1. Zachary – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This was okay for general knowledge, but doesn’t really apply to my situation.

  2. Maderlin – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Its a good way to approach learning gaps as well especially with the COVID situation.

  3. Maria – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Good Information

  4. Stacy – MIDLAND ISD (verified owner)

    Good ideas for compacting.

  5. Aracely – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Helpful for math and science teachers.

  6. Elsa – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very helpful

  7. Christina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    informative and helpful

  8. Penny – VIDOR ISD (verified owner)

    It does tell you the need for curriculum compacting but also tells you the work that is involved.

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


  10. Adriana – SOUTHWEST ISD (verified owner)

    This course had a lot of information

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