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.
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, and his latest, Authentic Learning: Real World Experiences that Build 21st Century Skills. 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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
I married my high school sweetheart. We met when I was a junior and she was a freshman.