This is a podcast I recorded for My Ed Expert. In it you will find many of my philosophies on gifted education and what I believe are the best ways to help students reach their potential.

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Todd Stanley is the author of many teacher-education books including Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students: A Handbook for the 21st Century Classroom, When Smart Kids Underachieve in the Classroom: Practical Solutions for Teachers, Authentic Learning: Real World Experiences that Build 21st Century Skills, and his latest, Using Rubrics for Performance-Based Assessment . He served as a classroom teacher for 18 years and is currently the gifted services coordinator for Pickerington Local Schools where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He also is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati teaching gifted education.



2012-2016            Certification in Administrator Licensure

                                     The Ohio State University

1997-2000           Certification in Gifted Education (grades 1-12)

         The Ohio State University

1995-1997            Master of Arts – Secondary Social Studies Education

        The Ohio State University

-          Certified History, Political Science, Sociology/Psychology (grades 9-12).

-          Certified Social Studies Comprehensive (grades 7-12).

1990-1994            Bachelor of Fine Arts – History and Creative Writing

        Bowling Green State University


2001-2011            National Board Certification

  • Successfully completed the National Board Certification process that included creating a six-part portfolio ranging from classroom practices to professional development, as well as four part testing portion

2018-present       Bridges Out of Poverty Certified Trainer

  • Certified to be able to use the Bridges Out of Poverty framework to develop programs and policies to overcome poverty and create future stories for individuals, organizations, and communities. 

2018-present      SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator

  • Trained to be able to lead parent groups through the Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted Process and the book “A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children”

 2016-present     P3 Design: Transdisciplinary Problem-Based Learning 

  • Trains on the instructional strategies associated with TPBL, a model used to deliver instruction and develop a culture of learning that resonates with your community.


2015-present        Gifted Services Coordinator

Pickerington Local Schools

  • Coordinate the programming and professional development for gifted

  • Supervise teachers who are servicing gifted students

  • Run extra-curricular enrichment activities such as Future City Builders, Chess, WordMasters, Power of the Pen, Invention League, and NJHS

  • Coordinator with district office to make sure the gifted curriculum aligns with the goals of the district

2019-present Adjunct Professor

The University of Cincinnati

  • Teach classes for graduate students seeking to get their gifted endorsement

  • Help to create the curriculum for the coursework that certifies teachers in gifted


2014-2015            Gifted Intervention Specialist

Gateway Gifted Academy – Waggoner Road Junior High – Reynoldsburg Schools

  • Taught Social Students to gifted students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades

  • Coordinated the Model UN program

  • Coordinated the Destination Imagination program

  • Acted as mentor to Resident Educators



2010-present        Instructor

Ohio Wesleyan Junior League Gifted Camp

Ohio Wesleyan University

  • Teach project-based classes to gifted students during a three week seminar.

  • Taught Elementary My Watson, Greatest Historical Mysteries, Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Debating Seuss, 39 Clues, Survivor


2012-2014            Gifted Coordinator

Reynoldsburg City Schools

  • Coordinated programs at the middle level as well as elementary

  • Worked with a parent advisory group to bring gifted to the high school

  • Made sure district was in compliance with the state’s requirements for gifted education

  • Provided opportunities for GIS and other teachers to receive professional development in gifted education

  • Developed Written Education Plans for all students receiving gifted services



2011-2012            Gifted Team Leader

Gateway Gifted Academy – Baldwin Road – Reynoldsburg Schools

  • Taught Social Studies to Grades 5-8

  • Helped to create the Gateway Gifted Academy

  • Coordinated a team of six teachers to provide service for 120 gifted students in a magnet program

  • Acted as an intermediary with the principal, serving on the principal’s advisory committee

  • Ran parent meetings


2007-2011          Gifted Specialist (grades 5th and 6th)

Hannah Ashton Middle School – Reynoldsburg Schools

  • Taught project-based science and social studies to magnet program called Quest

  • Coach for the CSS group working on professional development

  • Coach the Model United Nations and Destination Imagination teams


2005-2007          Gifted Intervention Specialist (grades 3rd and 4th)

Reynoldsburg Schools (Taylor Road, Slate Ridge, and French Run Elementary)

  • Created the Ivy Program, a one day a week pull-out program for gifted 3rd and 4th graders involved project-based curriculum

  • Conducted a weekly 1st/2nd grade math enrichment program

  • Supervised Invention Convention and Destination Imagination teams at all three elementary schools

  • Organized workshops on gifted students for parents, teachers, and administrators


2004-2007          Trainer/Project Coordinator

Literary Curriculum Alignment Project

Coalition for Essential Schools – Reynoldsburg, Ohio

  • Training of K-12 teachers on the standards in all four core subject areas of English, Science, Math, and                                                                       Social Studies in addition to related arts.

  • Ran workshops on vertical alignment, compacting curriculum, differentiated instruction, and formative assessments


2002-2005            Facilitator

Christopher Program (grades 10th thru 12th)

Educational Council – Columbus, Ohio

  • Project-based, cross curricular humanities program 10th-12th grade.


1997-2002            Gifted Intervention Specialist

Reynoldsburg Junior High School (grades 7th and 8th)

Reynoldsburg Schools – Reynoldsburg, Ohio

  • 7th grade Social Studies (Ancient History), 8th Grade Social Studies (Early American History), 9th Grade Social Studies (American History),  

  • Horizons Gifted/Accelerated Program.

1998-2002            Instructor

Summer Institute for the Gifted

Denison University – Granville, Ohio

  • Project-based classes included Art of Detection, Economics, Mock Trials (grades 4-6), Historical Mysteries, Creative Writing, Mock Trial, Introduction to Debate (grades 7-8), SAT Verbal Preparation, Famous Trials and Debates of the 20th Century (grades 9-11)


Five Fun Facts About Me

  1. When I got out of college the first time I had know idea what I was going to do with a creative writing/history degree. I spent three years as a movie theatre manager while getting my masters degree.

  2. I am so enamored with the movie Field of Dreams that a buddy and I drove to Dyersville, Iowa where they shot the film and we spent three days playing baseball on the field.

  3. I am still best friends with the teacher I did my student teaching under. We play poker every month with a bunch of friends. These same friends and I went hiking for a week in Wyoming literally in the middle of nowhere.

  4. I am deathly afraid of clowns. A combination of Poltergeist when the clown attacks the boy along with reading Stephen King's book It in high school did me in. This is known as Coulrophobia.

  5. I married my high school sweetheart. We met when I was a junior and she was a freshman.