District creates new teaching position

Wapakoneta City Schools has created a new faculty position in order to better meet the educational needs of their students.

The title of the position is “differentiated instruction coach,” and is unique in that there has never been a position like this before at WCS.

The job was created in order to improve the school district’s ability to properly teach students who are considered “gifted,” those who are behind academically and all students in between. In the past, students would take a test in the second grade to determine their IQ level. If a student scored in the 95th percentile or above, they were considered gifted.

Dawn Rankin, who was hired to be the district’s differentiated instruction coach on Jan. 21, said that the schools are now taking a different approach to identify how gifted a child is, whether it be IQ level, or in other subgroups like reading, math, visual arts or creativity.

Teachers are being asked to differentiate between students in their class based on how well they do in the classroom and on certain tests.

For the full story, see the Monday, Feb. 10 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.