Columbus PACE was formed as a group of volunteer parents who wanted to help our gifted children shine. For over 20 years families have worked together to learn about gifted education and enrichment, the social and emotional development of gifted children, and advocacy for all gifted students in Columbus City Schools.
In these uncertain times, with reopening plans being discussed, Columbus PACE wants to give gifted families a chance to bring their concerns to the table so that we can work together with Columbus City Schools to provide needed support for all gifted students in the district.
Gifted families around the district all have different needs. They will need to choose different plans to best fit their work, health, safety, educational, and emotional needs. As a gifted community, we would like to brainstorm ways to provide support to all our students, regardless of the plan each family ultimately decides is best for them.
Join us to help prepare a list of questions and ideas for our gifted families to share with Columbus City Schools.
Please email pace [at] columbuspace [dot] org for a link to our meeting. If you are unable to make the meeting, please feel free to share questions, concerns, and ideas prior to the meeting and we will make sure they are brought up.
November PACE MEETING
Parent Night with Lisa Van Gemert, the “Gifted Guru”
Lisa Van Gemert is a grown up gifted kid, herself, along with being a parent who has successfully raised gifted kids and an educator of gifted kids. She will be speaking about the Delicate Balance of Boundaries with the Gifted. From her website, the session is as follows: “While gifted youth need more leeway and independence at earlier ages than do their typical learner peers, that doesn’t mean they need less parenting. Identifying and sustaining appropriate boundaries with peers, adult interaction, and even electronics can challenge the best and most dedicated of parents. Using a metaphor of fences, learn the key ideas parents need to find and maintain suitable guidelines for their children without dampening the child’s spirits or feeling like they’ve surrendered all control to their kids.”
Monday, November 4, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Columbus Downtown High School
365 S 4th St, Columbus, Ohio 43215
October PACE MEETING
Navigating Secondary Options
Dr. Colleen Boyle, Director of the Gifted and Talented Division of Columbus City Schools will be discussing all the secondary options available to students: different school options, AP classes, College Credit Plus, IB program, VCAP, etc.
This will be a great chance to ask questions about the different programs and find out how they might fit into your student’s education plan.
Please join us to find out more about which programs will best fit your family.
Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
417 S Weyant Ave, Columbus, OH 43213
September PACE Meeting
Columbus City Schools has Gifted Resource Specialists assigned to all of our school
buildings and Primary Enrichment Specialists assigned to several of our
elementary buildings. Come out and meet your Specialist and see how they can help maximize your students gifted learning experience. To start the meeting, Dr. Colleen Boyle, Director of the Gifted and Talented Division will speak on identification and definitions of giftedness. This will be an informal meeting with Specialists and parents. Join us to speak with your child’s Specialist and connect with other families going through similar challenges in raising gifted children.
Thursday September 19, 2019, from 6:30pm-8:00pm
Arts Impact Middle School (AIMS)
680 Jack Gibbs Blvd., Columbus, OH 43215
Writing Enrichment Night
Thurber House is bringing writing enrichment to PACE! Is your child a budding novelist? Or maybe they are scared to even start the writing process. Join us to learn new ways to engage your gifted child with writing. Meg Brown, the Director of Children’s Education from Thurber House has great ideas for both getting kids started writing and keeping them engaged, interested, and learning!
Get ideas for writing prompts, learn about other ways to engage your children in and out of school, and maybe try some writing yourself.
Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Columbus Gifted Academy
100 West 4th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201
Looking for a way to make those summer programs possible? Support for Talented Students provides scholarships for summer enrichment programs for gifted and talented Central Ohio students currently in grades 3-11 whose families could not otherwise afford the costs
Summer Opportunity Links
Columbus City Schools Gifted and Talented Department keeps a list of some summer enrichment opportunities.
Navigating Secondary Options
Dr. Colleen Boyle, Director of the Gifted and Talented Division of Columbus City Schools will be discussing all the secondary options available to students: different school options, AP classes, College Credit Plus, IB program, VCAP, etc. This will be a great chance to ask questions about the different programs and find out how they might fit in to your student’s education plan. Please join us to find out more about which programs will best fit your family.
Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Woodward Park Middle School Library
5151 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
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