Baltimore County Public Schools' Blueprint 2.0: Our Way Forward outlines a vision for creating a culture of deliberate excellence for every student. The Office of Advanced Academics 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 Office of Advanced Academics provides vision, leadership, professional development, and advocacy. Additionally, the office engages in research to improve the quality of instruction for all learners. The Office of Advanced Academics 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 Office of Advanced Academics supports BCPS' goal of preparing students to be globally competitive graduates.
Because BCPS values research, the Office of Advanced Academics has shifted its work to respond to current research and best practices. More recent 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:
BCPS continues to evaluate the present identification processes for advanced academic instruction. A team of school-based educators, Advanced Academic Office staff, and other central office staff reviewed research and current identification data and will be making recommendations for a process that will help to inform the instructional needs of all students and ensure equitable access. Baltimore County Public Schools' Office of Advanced Academics 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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