Office of Gifted and Talented Education

Office of Gifted and Talented

Office Phone Number 410 - 887- 4330

Policy & Rule 6401: The Gifted and Talented Education Program
Gifted and Talented Education Program Status Report

GT Brochure

Baltimore County Schools' Blueprint 2.0: Our Way Forward outlines a vision for creating a culture of deliberate excellence for every student.  The Office of Gifted and Talented Education (GT) contributes to this system expectation through its commitment to all students who have the capability, potential, or motivation  to access responsive, rigorous, and relevant curriculum and instruction. The GT Office provides vision, leadership, professional development, and advocacy, and also engages in research to improve the quality of instruction for all learners.  The GT Office collaborates with content area offices regarding the development, implementation, and enhancement of curricular and instructional experiences that support students who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment.  By nurturing potential through responsive, challenging, and respectful learning experiences, the GT Office supports BCPS' goal of preparing students to be globally competitive graduates.

Because BCPS values research, the Office of Gifted and Talented Education is shifting its work to respond to current research and best practices.    New research in the field of gifted education prompted the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) to redefine giftedness (see NAGC Position Paper: Redefining Giftedness). 
Highlights of the NAGC's work include the following:

  • The development of ability or talent is a lifelong process. It can be evident in young children as exceptional performance measures of ability, actual achievement in a subject area, or a rapid rate of learning compared to other students of the same age.
  • Achievement and high levels of motivation in a subject area become the primary characteristics of giftedness as individuals mature from childhood to adolescence.
  • Beginning in early childhood, high potential students require differentiated educational experiences that consist of adjustments in the level, depth, and pacing of curriculum to match their current levels of achievement and learning rates.
  •  Some gifted individuals with exceptional aptitude may not demonstrate outstanding levels of achievement due to environmental circumstances such as limited opportunities to learn as a result of poverty, discrimination, or cultural barriers; due to physical or learning disabilities; or due to motivational or emotional problems. Identification of these students will need to emphasize aptitude rather than relying only on demonstrated achievement.   

BCPS will be evaluating the present identification processes during the 2013–2014 school year. A team of central office and well as school-based educators and GT office staff will review current identification data and make recommendations for a process that will help inform instructional needs of all students and ensure equity. Baltimore County Public Schools' Office of Gifted and Talented Education is committed to advocating for high potential learners by developing, supporting, and implementing practices and procedures that develop 21st Century skills

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