Welcome to
Accent on Skills Consulting 

  Otto Schmidt, Principal Consultant, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

o.schmidt@accentonskills.com                                        o.schmidtCA@gmail.com      Ph: 01+ 416-824-4883   
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a) Education

            Gifted, Special Education
     & regular elementary, secondary
- academic assessments i.e. find areas
   to improve and add to existing skill set 
- differentiated learning
- gifted program facilitators inservicing
- school staff development
- integrating competency skills into
        existing curriculum
- new curriculum design
- teachers workshops/seminars
- whole-school subjects enrichment
- early learning (pre-school ages 2-5)
- conference presentations/keynote

b)Parents/Advocacy Groups

- assistance in educating gifted children
- competency skills training workshops
       for adults/children
- weekend workshops e.g. creativity,
- summer camps e.g. art,
      creative writing, inventing
- guest speaking, meetings &
         conference presentions
- tutoring and mentoring for gifted

c) Business

- "soft" personal competency skills 
    training eg.  creativity, analyzing
- business development skills training
- staff development & in-services
- guest speaking, meetings &     
         conference presentions/keynote

d) Life Coaching
for the Gifted

- counselling gifted children & adults 
- understanding/appreciating giftedness
- individual tutoring
- competency skills development 
- problem-solving skills
- inter-personal/relationship issues
- self-confidence, motivation 
- holistic approach - mind/body/spirit

a) Education Services
The following are primarily for gifted children and adults but open to others as well.
*Gifted Programming*
- problem-solving and guidance in most areas of giftedness
- academic assessments to find strengths, weaknesses, and directions education might go
- teaching highly personal competency skills for survival and/or advancement
- program & curriculum design for gifted students, gifted classes, or dedicated gifted schools
- Individual Education Plans - valuable stategies, planning, and realistic implementation 
- problem solving skills for gifted children   

*Elementary & Secondary School Staff Development* 
- presentations suitable for professional development days, conferences, in-services, group meetings after school hours e.g. improving perception, special education topics, curriculum development, improving creativity in the classroom, developing thinking skills, teaching stategies that motivate and challenge students, and more

*Guest Speaking &
- special attention is given to high-needs topics: improving motivation, developing leadership, improving creativity, inventing new products/services, educating youths for success in the future

*Highly-Personal Competency Skills Workshops for Parents, Children, & Schools*
   The skills are selected from my resource book "Accent on Essential Life Skills." Choose from 48 skills to enhance: higher-level thinking, self-awareness, creativity, problem solving, researching, 
productivity, leadership, communication skills
To purchase any of my books "Accent on Essential Life Skills" and "Accent on Educating the Highly Intelligent", please get in touch. Payment is by e-transfer, paypal-credit card, check.  
b) Parents/Advocacy Groups
- how parents can help their gifted child(ren) or adults learn more effectively
- parents can also learn highly personal competency skills. The skills empower, motivate
- learn methods and approaches that reduce friction and/or conflicts with classroom teachers
- weekend specialized workshops for parents and children e.g. creativity, inventing, STEAM topics
- summer skills-based camps for children e.g. art, creative writing, inventing, STEAM topics
- guest speaking, seminars, workshops, and presentations at parent meetings & conferences
- personal tutoring and mentoring of gifted children/adults (at your home or mine)
- ways of enriching your child's daily life and learning so he/she does not get bored
- accompany you to talk to teachers or attend identification/placement/review meetings
- collaboratively designing lessons and skills training for homeschoolers
- problem-solving and designing curriculum for homeschooled children
- ways to draw out the best in gifted children with special needs/exceptionalities
c) Business
- leadership training at the different levels of management
- creativity & thinking skills training for employees to increase output, improve team   
   dynamics, and more
- custom-designed, needs-based staff presentations & in-services eg. customer relations, body language, communication, stress control, more effective meetings
- company conference presentations
- guest or keynote speaking at any function
- educational training in "soft" skills to help today's workers meet the needs of the future
d) Life Coaching for the Gifted
- appreciating oneself more, respecting and nurturing one's giftedness
- improving self-concept, self-confidence, inner strength, adaptability, 
- using one's gifts in more powerful and positive ways to enrich personal life and learning  
- how to reduce boredom at home and school
- negotiating for more control over personal life and learning while in school
- personalized tutoring in creative ways to improve levels of perception, existing skill
      sets, studying skills, relationships. and more                               
- ways to help gifted people become more self-directed, independent learners who produce
      new learning instead of just regurgitating the old 
- understanding giftedness and how to deal with related problems and issues 
- developing and nurturing a more positive attitude and energy

- how to better handle conflicts with teachers, peers, authority figures, others

About Us 

Accent on Skills Consulting has been an Ontario company since 2002
Principal Consultant: Otto Schmidt
- B.A.-Psychology
- Teaching Certification: Primary-Junior-Intermediate levels
- Master of Education-Curriculum Development
- Special Education Specialist
- Principals Course Part 1
- Other qualifications in: Religion, Senior English, Industrial Arts, Law. 
Education Experience
- 40+ yrs. as a teacher - certified member in good standing of Ontario College of Teachers 
- 26 years as a gifted program facilitator for a Toronto school board
- consulting work - nationally and internationally - with parents and teachers, government and businesses
- tutoring gifted child(ren) ages 3+ and also gifted adults
- expert in designing curriculum for highly intelligence children and adults  - nationally, internationally
- Elementary Education Instructor at the Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada.
Other Qualifications & Experience
- former owner/researcher/developer of an enrichment website for gifted children and their educators: 
- former Editor / Publisher of "Gift Rap" Newsletter for gifted children, parents and educators (12 years)
- Author of "Accent on Essential Life Skills" resource book and also "Accent on Educating the Highly Intelligent" *(see menu link "Educational Books")
- member of the Advanced Technology Think Tank - representatives of companies and organizations from many countries gather for updates on advancements and trends in technology and manufacturing. This group has met in by-invitation-only conferences for over 50 years.
- designer of inventor training courses and trainer of those wishing to teach the process of inventing
- former founder and director of the Great Canadian Inventions Show, advisor to iCAN Canadian inventions shows
- former Education Director of the Innovation Initiative Co-operative Inc. - the world's first inventors co-operative


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