The Gifted and Talented Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, Inc. (GTAMC) is a volunteer organization that advocates for the instructional needs of gifted and talented and higher-achieving students in Montgomery County and serves as a resource on giftedness for parents, educators, and other interested parties in the community.
The Maryland Coalition for Gifted And Talented Education (MCGATE)
is pleased to announce its second annual Gifted and Talented Student Essay Contest:
"What have gifted education opportunities
Essays are due December 31.
Please go to MCGATE GT Student Essay Contest for more information.
Elementary HGC Curriculum Changes
Last spring, in various fora including AEI Feedback and the open house for HGC admits, we were told that because the HGC curriculum already included most if not all of the CCSS requirements, the rollout of C2.0 changes in Grades 4 and 5 would not happen all at once for the HGCs but would come out one quarter at a time over the next 4 years. Therefore, for this year there would be one C2.0 Q and 3 "old" Qs, 2014-15 would have two of each, and so forth until 2016-17 by which time it would all roll out. This struck me, frankly, as just fine because I was happy with the old ELA/SS curriculum for the HGC and didn't see any "change for the sake of change" need.
At BTS night, we were told that over the summer this changed and now the entire HGC C2.0 curriculum would roll out this year in tandem with the local school C2.0 rollout. Meredith Casper told me later that part of what drove this change is that AEI specialists were deputized to the C2.0 team to enrich the "standard" ; curriculum (for above grade level students in the local populations) , and they came back concerned that this enrichment left too little space between the enhanced "standard" ; curriculum and the HGC curriculum -- in other words, the HGC wouldn't be sufficiently differentiated because of what was being offered as enrichments to AGL students in local schools. In addition, of course, the old curriculum isn't aligned with the new report card, and they didn't want to spend time creating the necessary assessments etc. for the new report card if the old curriculum was on its way out in a few years. So, they rushed to finish all of the HGC
enhancements in time for full rollout this year.
Then, once school started, they began to get pushback from teachers being asked to replace perfectly good "old" curriculum with curriculum they were receiving a week ahead of time with the ink still wet. The complaints weren't about the rigor etc. of the new material, but about the lateness of delivery -- why rush when the existing product was working? So, Carver decided, essentially, to go back to Plan A.
I suggested the memo home to explain the change to parents. Unfortunately, it doesn't include the two most pertinent pieces of information, namely:
(1) The old HGC curriculum, which was widely perceived as appropriately rigorous, already meets Common Core;
(2) The new curriculum needs "increased rigor for the students in this program" because some of the existing "increased rigor" has been added to the standard curriculum in local schools, not because the material already rolled out wasn't rigorous enough for the HGC.
Chair, MCCPTA Gifted Child Committee