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Patrick Dunn assumes the role of President of GTA

posted Dec 8, 2012, 11:40 AM by GTA Administrator   [ updated Apr 26, 2013, 2:04 PM ]
The Gifted and Talented Association of Maryland, Inc. is pleased to announce that Patrick Dunn has assumed the role of President of GTA effective December 1, 2012.

Patrick is employed as a requirements analyst on a NIH bioinformatics contract. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Biology. Patrick has a child in the Global Ecology House at Poolesville High School and a child at Cashell Elementary School. He served as the Cashell PTA president for 2 years, as the Roberto Clemente Middle School PTSA president for two years, and is currently again the Cashell PTA president. He also served for two years as a Magruder Cluster Coordinator for the Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA). When RCMS proposed to replace the RCMS magnet programs' signature field trips to New York and Boston with undefined alternatives, Patrick was very active in the parent and teacher initiative to restore the trips. This included meeting with the RCMS and MCPS administrations to clarify the reasons for the field trip replacement, organizing and focusing parental advocacy efforts, and promoting effective communication between parents, students, teachers, and the administration. Patrick has testified before the BoE and the County Council on MCPS operating budget priorities including the need to preserve transportation for magnet programs and the need to maintain adequate staffing for reading and math specialists, media and counseling staff, and school security personnel.

Patrick is keen to ensure the gifted and talented students of MCPS receive the differentiated instruction they need as students with special needs. He is committed to improving communication between parents and MCPS staff responsible for accelerated and enriched instruction as well as supporting and expanding the discussions being held at individual schools among parents, teachers and staff. "Communication is often an acknowledgement that things are not going well, articulating the actions needed to fix them and finding the resources to make the required actions happen in a timely fashion. Formulating alternative plans to ensure success for a highly differentiated student community is critical. There is no one size fits all."

GTA will hold a general membership meeting in early January, 2013 (details to follow) to elect a new Board of Directors and set its priorities for the coming year. All current and interested new members are encouraged to attend. Nonmembers can join in advance of the meeting at http://www.gtamc.org/Home/about-gtamc/leadership. Membership is $15/year or $100 for a lifetime membership.

GTA also wishes to thank Frederick Stichnoth, our immediate past President, for his lengthy and tireless service to GTA and the cause of equitable and excellent education in Montgomery County. Fred's idealism and passion has been an inspiration to us and we look forward to his continued advocacy efforts.

Superintendent's Spring Forum on GT

Montgomery County Public School Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr held a Community Forum on Gifted and Talented Education on Thursday, March 22, 2012.

This was an important opportunity to show Dr. Starr and MCPS the interest and concerns of parents about gifted and talented education in MCPS.

With so many GT parents and students, with so many questions and comments, GTAMC determined that there would not be time for everyone to be heard. We created an online form where the public could ask questions and leave comments. These were them compiled and forwarded to Dr. Starr prior to the meeting.  Learn more about the meeting and...