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Overview of Gifted Education in Maryland
State of Maryland

  • Maryland Department of Education - Gifted
  • Maryland State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education

  • The Maryland State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education advises the State Superintendent of Schools on issues and best practices relevant to the education of gifted and talented students in Maryland; supports the Maryland State Department of Education and local leadership in developing, implementing, and monitoring plans and programs for gifted and talented education; Informs and educates parents and caregivers, educators, communities, and other stakeholders about the unique needs of gifted and talented students; and encourages the development and consistent implementation of comprehensive, high quality services with regard to gifted and talented education in order to assure equity of access for all children throughout the state.

    Staff: Jeanne L. Paynter, Ed.D. (410) 767-0363; e-mail:

    Appointed by State Superintendent of Schools to 3-year terms:

    MD State GT Advisory Committee Members

State-level Advocacy Organizations
  • Maryland Coalition for Gifted and Talented Education - MCGATE is a Gifted Education advocacy group made up of
    educators, parents, students and other interested persons or groups.  It focuses on public policy and educational practices that may affect the successful education of Gifted, Talented and Highly Able students primarily between Pre K and Grade 12 including those students who may be identified as Gifted with Special Learning Needs.
  • Maryland Educators of Gifted Students - Maryland Educators of Gifted Students (MEGS) evolved from a need among educators to unify and collaborate in maintaining and improving gifted education services for children in the state of Maryland.The members of MEGS are able to enhance curriculum, instruction, and achievement for all students by combining efforts to provide educators with professional development, conferences, and networking opportunities.
  • Emerging Minds of Maryland is a grass roots advocacy group that believes that online learning should be an option for all families in the state of Maryland and that it should be available through the public school system. Their goal is to educate parents who want to learn more about this option, policy makers and others on why some chose the option of virtual instruction for their children.
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