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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.


County Council Education Budget Forums

Montgomery County Council (MCC) enjoys calling out the academic gap among MCPS students. Their annual Office of Legislative oversight (OLO) report on MCPS is one of several opportunities they use to highlight deficiencies in MCPS' efforts to close the gap. However, the OLO report on MCPS is arguably only a restating of the data and reports MCPS provides. There is little to no effort by OLO to move beyond MCPS' reports on getting students past non-rigorous thresholds of achievement (above grade level students are not important if you are only measuring minimal grade level performance), or identify root causes, or suggest possible solutions.

Tell MCC that their OLO reports on MCPS gap closure are not an effective use of tax payer funds and they should adopt more rigorous measurements of MCPS student progress. 

Each child's education growth in a year should be the MCPS assessment standard.  OLO should require MCPS to report on aggregate measures of education growth by school, grade, area of study and socioeconomic status. With each child serving as their own baseline, there is no opportunity to claim it's not MCPS fault if students are not meeting grade level thresholds because the children are starting so far behind and it requires MCPS to focus on every child's growth - even the ' GT kids who don't need help".

Monday, March 9, 2015, at 6:30-8:30 p.m.

  • Location: Sherwood High School, 300 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. Sandy Spring Spring
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Gaithersburg High School, 101 Education Boulevard, Gaithersburg

Monday, March 16, 2015

  • Location: Kingsview Middle School, Germantown

Monday, March 23, 2015

  • Location: Churchill High School

Maryland Summer Centers for GT Students

The 2014 centers are

Fine and Performing Arts at Salisbury University
Dixon Center for Creative Writing
Computer Science and Creativity
Future Engineers: Robot Design at Frostburg University
Space Engineering: Robotics
Space Science
Physics of Solar and Wind Power
Geospatial Technologies
Honeywell Ecosystems Education at Horn Point
Chesapeake Bay Watershed Investigations at the National Aquarium
Global Languages

For more information, see http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/msde/programs/giftedtalented/centers.htm .

Announcements

  • 2014 Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) Awards Last night's Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) honored three GTA MC members in the Business and Community Leadership in Gifted and Talented Education category:John Hoven, Fred ...
    Posted May 7, 2014, 9:44 AM by GTA Administrator
  • GTA MC April 30th and May 13th Meeting Draft Discussion Topics Draft Agenda ItemsCandidate education advocacy options provided by Carole Edelstein et al were edited to include the US TALENT act (thank you Michelle Gluck).Professional Development- Ensure content knowledge ...
    Posted Apr 26, 2013, 2:13 PM by GTA Administrator
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