Dr. Beth Maloney
Teaching and Learning Consultant for
Gifted and Talented Education - GATE


Lindsay Corbin
(531) 299-4241


Welcome to Gifted and Talented

Recommendation and Referral Timeline for 2020-21
Return completed forms to: gatereferrals@ops.org OR
Dr. Beth Maloney, GATE Supervisor (TAC-3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131)

For GATE Services beginning: Referrals & Recommendations due:
2nd Quarter: Monday October 26, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020
3rd Quarter: Tuesday, January 10, 2021 Wednesday, November 18, 2020
4th Quarter: Monday, March 29, 2021 Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Beginning of 2021-2022 School Year Friday, May 28, 2021


The staff of Gifted and Talented Education strives to identify gifted and exceptionally talented students within the Omaha Public Schools, nurture their social/emotional development and enhance  their curriculum experiences so these unique individuals may reach their fullest potential.

We believe our students...
*are found in the areas of intellectual ability, academics, creativity, visual/performing arts and leadership
*are found in all cultures.
*include students with learning disabilities, (or twice-exceptional, 2E).

Gifted and Talented students have a right to:
...learn something new every day.
...not be gifted in everything
...feel proud of their accomplishments.
...be passionate about their talents.
...be educated about their abilities and talents.
...interact with like ability peers.
...be stimulated with rigorous and challenging instruction.

To be identified for GATE services a student must meet at least 3 of the 4 criteria listed below:

COGNITIVE – Top 5% at the school or national level on an intelligence/cognitive test

ACHIEVEMENT – Top 5% at the school, state or national level on a grade-level standardized or norm-referenced achievement test

MOTIVATION/PERFORMANCE – “A” or Advanced (ADV) in 60% or more courses on the most recent semester grade report OR Qualifying recommendation/involvement for Motivation as recorded on the Classroom Teacher Input Form OR Parent/Guardian/Student/Staff Referral

CREATIVITY/LEADERSHIP – Qualifying recommendation/involvement for Creativity or Leadership as recorded on the Classroom Teacher Input Form OR Parent/Student/Staff Referral

If you wish to refer a student for identification for Gifted and Talented Education services please complete a PGSS Referral which is located in the downloadable forms tab. Return the completed form via email or school mail to your GATE facilitator. Please note that a completed referral does not automatically meet one or all of the criteria for identification. Each student referral will be considered and have an eligibility worksheet started so that all available criteria can be reviewed. Newly identified students will be added to specialized instruction groups at the beginning of each quarter.

Thank you for your assistance as our department carefully works to implement equitable identification processes and procedures that will permanently identify high performing students for GATE services within the Omaha Public Schools, nurture their social/emotional development and enhance their curriculum experiences so these unique individuals may reach their fullest potential.

Gifted Organizations

National Association for Gifted Children: NAGC is the national organization that supports the teaching of gifted students. Get information about legislative action, conferences, and more.

Nebraska Association for the Gifted: This site provides information about scholarships, conferences, and other news pertinent to gifted in Nebraska.

World Council for Gifted and Talented Children: The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, Inc. (WCGTC) is a worldwide non-profit organization that provides advocacy and support for gifted children.

Council for Exceptional Children: As the recognized leader for special education professional standards, CEC develops standards, ethics and practices and guidelines to ensure that individuals with exceptionalities have access to well-prepared special educators.

Davidson Institute: Located in Nevada, the Davidson Institute provides exceptional learners a school that links with the University of Nevada. The institute is a nonprofit US organization that provides free services to gifted young people. A number of yearly scholarships—The Davidson Fellowships—are offered to young people under the age of 18 in increments of $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000. Also available is a free database of resources (GT-CyberSource) for and about the gifted, their parents and the professionals who serve them.

Destination ImagiNation: A number of LPS elementary and middle schools participate in Destination ImagiNation, which emphasizes teamwork, creativity, and presentation skills.

Nebraska Destination ImagiNation (N-CAPS) is the Destination ImagiNation organization within Nebraska.

Hollingworth Center for Highly Gifted Children exists as a national volunteer resource and support network for highly gifted children and the communities that support them.

National Society for Gifted Children (NSGT) is an organization created to honor and encourage gifted and talented children and youth. It is committed to acknowledging and supporting the needs of G&T children and youth by providing recognition of their significant academic and artistic accomplishments and access to educational resources and advanced learning opportunities directly related to their interests and talent areas.

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted: SENG supports parents and educators in supporting the social and emotional needs of gifted students. SENG acts as a repository for many articles on subjects that address social-emotional needs of gifted students.

TAG Iowa Talented and Gifted Association

WATG Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted

CAGT Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented

Iowa Department of Education Information for those who have an interest in gifted and talented education in the state of Iowa

Gifted Websites

Hoagies contains a wealth of articles on topics related to gifted and the raising of gifted students.

GT World is an on-line support community for gifted and talented individuals and those who support and nurture them.

Mensa provides a potpourri of information for bright minds. The local contact is J. Hanson at janejanielou@gmail.com.

Uniquely Gifted focuses on students who have two exceptionalities: giftedness and learning disabilities.

OEDb (Open Education Database)  Essential links for parents of gifted children

SIG (Summer Institute for the Gifted) Gifted educational resources for families, educators, and students

Publishers of Gifted Materials

Critical Thinking Company

Free Spirit


Prufrock Press

Research About Gifted

University of Connecticut Neag School of Education: This has also been the home of The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT) since 2006. Abstracts of many of the research findings are available.

University of Iowa Belin Blank Center provides a comprehensive center focused on nurturing potential and inspiring excellence through myriad programs and services.

National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT): Located at the University of Connecticut, the NRC/GT investigates and develops new methods of identifying and teaching gifted students. The center produces a wide variety of materials, both practical and research-based. They also provide a forum for asking questions and having researchers respond.