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February is Gifted and Talented Education Month

Release Date: 2/14/2011 9:31:51 AM

Governor Martin O’Malley has declared February 2011 as Gifted and Talented Education Month. In Maryland, a gifted and talented student is identified as “having outstanding talent and performing, or showing the potential for performing, at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with other students.” (Maryland Annotated Code §8-201).
 
There are different types of gifts and talents. Therefore, the Carroll County Public Schools Gifted and Talented Education Program provides identified students with a continuum of services based on sound theory and research. Because gifted and talented students think and learn differently, multiple programs and services are offered.
 
In elementary schools, gifted and talented resource teachers provide direct interventions to identified students in grades 3-5 in language arts and mathematics. This may include the use of accelerated curriculum, extension and enhancement activities, research-based projects, and interest-based investigations. Gifted and talented program teachers also offer a thinking skills program for the primary grades in cooperation with classroom teachers.
 
Accelerated academic courses are offered to gifted and talented students at the middle school level. These courses require students to use higher level thinking skills and to be more independent, creative, and extensive in the pursuit of topics and concepts.
 
At the high school level, academically gifted and talented students may choose to take Honors and AP classes, participate in CTE programs, or dual enrollment courses. In addition, they also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of courses, activities, and/or clubs to address their individual gifts and talents.
 
The Carroll County Public School System is committed to the achievement of every child – which means that as we strive to guarantee that no child is left behind, we must be equally confident that no child is held back.

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