Advanced Learning Continuum
The Division of Advanced Studies and Programs offers rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) courses which give students access to challenging college-level coursework. To be prepared for greatness in high school and beyond, students must first develop the skills and learning strategies necessary to meet the demands of these rigorous courses. This process begins in elementary school through Primary Talent Development (PTD) and Advanced Learner Programs (ALPs) and continues in middle school with Differentiated Advanced Learning Initiatives (DALI).
PTD's focus is to address and support teachers in talent development and meeting the advanced learning needs of primary students PreK-2.
ALPs is designed to provide students with daily opportunities for advanced mathematics and language arts instruction for students in grades 3-5.
DALI provides advanced mathematics and language arts instruction for identified gifted and talented students in grades 6-8.
Throughout this journey, students take an active role in their own learning and develop a strong foundation on which they can build a successful--and rigorous--education. Some of the strategies students will practice (among others):
- Higher Order Questioning
- Socratic Seminar Discussions
- Collaborative Reasoning
- Using multiple strategies to solve a problem
- Integrating classroom strategies into Co-Curricular opportunities
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) supports those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building, and research.
Twice Exceptional Children's Advocacy works to create a strong, vibrant, accepting community for 2e children and their families.
Maryland Educators of Gifted Students (MEGS) provides professional development, support, and growth opportunities for educators responsible for facilitating the education of gifted students.
Maryland Coalition for Gifted and Talented Education's (MCGATE) vision is, "that all of Maryland's diverse gifted and talented children and youth are supported, valued, and nurtured at home, in their learning environments, and in their communities. It is our belief that every student should experience the joy of learning something new each day. Our mission is to educate about and advocate for the needs of gifted and talented individuals in Maryland."
MSDE Gifted and Talented Education: Maryland Public Schools Gifted and Talented programming and other additional information about giftedness is found on this site.
GT Discover builds the capacity of schools, communities, and parents to identify and serve more gifted and talented students, especially those who are historically underrepresented, serving as a repository of resources, learning opportunities, and a collaborative community for stakeholders.
UCONN Renzulli Center - Parent Resources: explore the listed sites from the Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development!
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CYT) "is a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and developing the talents of academically advanced pre-college students around the world. We serve bright learners and their families through our research, advocacy, and counseling, as well as our signature gifted and talented summer, online, international, and family programs."
Davidson Institute Database: View their Gifted Resource Database: extensive resources, article library, state gifted education policies, and discussion forums.
Baylor University: Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development: "Provides exciting educational opportunities for gifted and talented students in Grades 1–12; professional development for teachers, counselors, and administrators of gifted students and programs; and support for parents of gifted and talented students."
Summer Institute for the Gifted has listed a variety of gifted resources for a variety of stakeholders. SIG looks for ways, "to advance the development of gifted, talented, creative, and high potential youth, in the United States and abroad, through opportunities, advocacy, and exemplary programs and practices."
Primary Talent Development Teacher Specialist (Pre-K-2)
Advanced Learner Programs Teacher Specialist (3-8)
AP and College Prep Teacher Specialist