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, 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



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.