Wrong Ina Woolman?

Last Updated 12/9/2011

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Coordinator of Gifted Education  - Rhode Island Department of Education

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RI State Advisory Committee — Rhode Island Advocates for Gifted Education

Ina Woolman, was working one day per week as the Coordinator of Gifted Education for the Rhode Island Department of Education.
Ms. Woolman has retired and no one has been hired to replace her. The State Advisory is no longer meeting.

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RI State Advisory Page - RIAGE - Rhode Island Advocates for Gifted Education

Ina Woolman, was working one day per week as the Coordinator of Gifted Education for the Rhode Island Department of Education.
Ms. Woolman has retired and no one has been hired to replace her. The State Advisory is no longer meeting. At the Rhode Island State Advisory Committee of the Gifted and Talented meeting held on September 29th, 2005, Ina Woolman, coordinator of Gifted Education for the Rhode Island Department of Education announced that she is working to have the State Education Department phase out the term gifted and talented, in some cases, and replace it with beyond grade level. The new term has already been written into the state's Basic Education Plan, Ms. Woolman said, and may soon replace Also at the meeting, Ms. Woolman explained that a long held interpretation of state regulations pertaining to gifted and talented programs, was that these rules were only in effect in cases where gifted and talented programs were actually funded by communities. But this is no longer considered a proper reading of these regulations at the state level, she said. Ms. Woolman also announced that The Department of Education's Office of Special Needs is preparing a letter advising the state's Superintendents of Schools of this revised interpretation of these regulations. Ms. Woolman replied that she was working on that, but it was unclear at this point whether that would happen. RIAGE urges Commissioner McWalters to support this initiative by Ms. Woolman. Ms. Woolman acknowledged that these changes as they stand now could offer parents and students some leverage in working out arrangements with schools and school departments. Ms. Woolman also handed out a draft of a questionnaire, called (Note the title!)

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RIAGE - Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children

At the Rhode Island State Advisory Committee of the Gifted and Talented meeting held on September 29th, Ina Woolman, coordinator of Gifted Education for the Rhode Island Department of Education announced that she is working to have the State Education Department phase out the term "gifted and talented," in some cases, and replace it with "beyond grade level." The new term has already been written into the state's Basic Education Plan, Ms. Woolman said.Also at the meeting, Ms. Woolman explained that a long held interpretation of state regulations pertaining to gifted and talented programs, was that these rules were only in effect in cases where gifted and talented programs were actually funded by communities.But this is no longer considered a proper reading of these regulations at the state level, she said.Ms. Woolman also announced that The Department of Education's Office of Special Needs is preparing a letter advising the state's Superintendents of Schools of this revised interpretation of these regulations. Ms. Woolman replied that she was working on that, but it was unclear at this point whether that would happen. RIAGE urges Commissioner McWalters to support this initiative by Ms. Woolman. Ms. Woolman acknowledged that these changes as they stand now could offer parents and students some leverage in working out arrangements with schools and school departments. Ms. Woolman also handed out a draft of a questionnaire, called (Note the title!) "The Learning Beyond Grade Level - Inventory".

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