The Decision to Accelerate – From Start to Finish


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.

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

  1. Daphne – CINCINNATI CITY (verified owner)

    This course is a great tool to learn about who, how and why we should single subject or whole grade accelerate students.

  2. Lanisa – DUNCANVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    This course was liberating to what I have always believed. Given that I advocated for my son to be tested and accelerated, it was confirmation, that educational placement is not a one-size fit all.

  3. Emily – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    I thought that the content was great and the perspective that the instructor was good to have!

  4. April – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)


  5. Jami – HILLSBORO CITY (verified owner)

    It was great!

  6. Amy – Coshocton City Schools (verified owner)

    It was thorough with a lot of good information for someone new to the acceleration process.

  7. John – BLANCHESTER LOCAL (verified owner)

    Good information.

  8. Chassidie – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    Amazing but too long

  9. Maria – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    I learned that there are many things to take into consideration for accelerating a student.

  10. Teresa – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    Great ideas and very informative

  11. Cori – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    Eye opening

  12. Amy – YSLETA ISD (verified owner)

    Very insightful and the process has been well thought out.

  13. Silvia – ANTHONY ISD (verified owner)

    Highly recommended ! challenge your beliefs about accelaration

  14. Veronica – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Good information on acceleration.

  15. Elsa – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Very insightful.

  16. Yolanda – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    Good Course

  17. Josephina – NEWARK CITY (verified owner)

    Easy to follow and provides great data.

  18. Brenda – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)


  19. Lorena – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    good course

  20. ROSA – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    course is interesting and gives perspective as to the referral and decision process for acceleration or gifted programs.

  21. Lauren – NORDONIA HILLS CITY (verified owner)

    More interactive modules would have been nice.

  22. Stachia – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    This course was very informational.

  23. Josi – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    A very good course if you are responsible for leading an acceleration committee or team or if you are a gifted teacher or coordinator.

  24. Meghan – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed a lot of parts of this course but felt like it was overly long in some parts. The third module in particular felt overly detailed.

  25. Eric – CARLISLE LOCAL (verified owner)

    It was informative.

  26. Matthew – NEWARK CITY (verified owner)

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



  28. 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.

  29. Lori – CONROE ISD (verified owner)

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

  30. Allison – BETHEL LOCAL (verified owner)

    Informative and insightful

  31. Felicia – SOUTHWEST ISD (verified owner)

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

  32. Kate – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

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

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


  34. Becky – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    Good overview of the process

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