Now that school is back in session, your fall calendar may be filling up. Here’s a few more things to consider adding to it !
Upcoming monthly GT CAC meetings:
October 5th, 7:00 PM, Towson High School library
We will be working on prioritizing our goals for the school year and will use the advisory stances we developed last year as our guides. These advisory stances were developed with a lot of committee member work and stakeholder input. We took that input, categorized it into four main areas, and then worked on expressing the issues within each category. Want to know more? Take a look at our four advisory stances:
Training and Identification
Delivery of Elementary GT Instruction
Flexible Systemwide GT Program
November 1st, 7:00 PM, Room 114, BCPS Greenwood Campus
Tiffany Wendland, the secondary coordinator in BCPS’ science office will be joining us to talk about the Next Generation Science Standards, how these standards are changing the science curriculum, and how this might impact students receiving Advanced Academic services.
December 6th, 7:00 PM, Room 114, BCPS Greenwood Campus
Interim BCPS School Superintendent, Verletta White, will be joining us.
All GT CAC meetings are open to the public and no registration is required! Come by and see what we’re all about!
Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education
October 12th, 5:00 – 8:30, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21209
The Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education is holding public hearings throughout the state in order to give people the opportunity to testify on policies and strategies to 1) make Maryland a top performing education system in the world, 2) prepare students for the 21st century global economy, and 3) fund the needed amount for public preK-12 schools to achieve those goals.
The Commission was formed through legislation in 2016 to make recommendations that enhance the adequacy and equity of state preK-12 funding and the availability of innovative educational opportunities that will prepare students for postsecondary education and the workforce in the 21st century, including examining the “Thornton” formulas established in 2002 and making recommendations to update them.
More information about the Commission and the topics it is exploring can be found on the Commission’s web page.
“Maryland’s public schools are good, but they can be much better,” said Dr. William E. “Brit” Kirwan, former chancellor of the University System of Maryland and chair of the Commission. “Our students deserve to receive the best education in the world –– and they will need it to be competitive in the 21st century. We welcome the input of teachers, parents, students, and others who care about public schools to tell us what they think we need to do for Maryland to become a world class education system and prepare students for college and careers.”
This is a great opportunity to advocate for gifted and talented students, so please consider speaking or sending in written testimony! Interested in attending or participating? Here’s what you need to know:
– Due to the high volume of interest in the October 12 public hearing in Baltimore City, the Baltimore City public hearing will start at 5:00 p.m.
– Sign ups are limited to a total of 60 individuals and must be made in advance. Sign ups will not be taken after 12:00 (noon) on the day of the hearing.
– Individuals who wish to testify are asked to sign up by either emailing PreK-12InnovationandExcellenceCommission@mlis.state.md.us or calling either Mindy McConville or Kim Landry at (410) 946-5510 or (301) 970-5510 no later than NOON on the day of the hearing. You will be asked to provide the following information: (1) your name and contact information; (2) the location/date of the meeting for which you are signing up; and (3) the name of the group, if you are speaking on behalf of one.
– After the limit of 60 individuals is reached, additional interested parties may submit written testimony or sign up to testify at another public hearing location. Written testimony may be submitted by email to the email address above.
– While testimony will generally be limited to 3 minutes per person, the Chair has discretion to make adjustments depending on how many people sign up. While it is not necessary to bring a written statement, if you do, please bring 40 copies with you to the hearing. Staff will collect and distribute it to the commission members. Please note that the hearing will be recorded and posted to the Commission’s web page. If you are unable to attend but wish to submit written testimony, you may email your testimony to the email address listed above.
- Maryland State Conference on Gifted and Talented Education
October 20th, North County High School, 10 E 1st Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD 21061.
Registration for this all-day conference can be done at the Maryland Educators of Gifted Students website at: http://www.megsonline.net/conferences.htm
Brian Housand, member of the NAGC Board of Directors and assistant professor and co-coordinator of the Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program at East Carolina University, will be the keynote speaker. He frequently presents and works as an educational consultant on the integration of technology and enrichment into the curriculum. His current research focus includes looking at ways in which technology can enhance the learning environment and how to define “creative-productive” giftedness in the digital age. You can read more about him at his website.