Dr. Beth Maloney
Teaching and Learning Consultant
Gifted and Talented Education - GATE
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.
Parent Friendly Resources (General)
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
Talented Development Organizations
Belin-Blank Center International Center for Gifted Education and talent development
David Institute for Talent Development Their mission is to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people ages 18 and under, and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference.
Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development
Duke Tip helps gifted students discover their abilities, explore new academic challenges, and celebrate their accomplishments
National Association for Gifted Children Their mission is to support those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building and research
SENG Supporting the emotional needs of the gifted individuals
NAG Nebraska Association for the Gifted
ITAG Iowa Talented and Gifted Association
WATG Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted
CAGT Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented
Nebraska Government HAL High ability latest news and and regulations governing high-ability learners
Iowa Department of Education Information for those who have an interest in gifted and talented education in the state of Iowa