Recognize Your Child’s outstanding educator!

The annual Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee Educator Recognition Program celebrates educators whose commitment to the needs of advanced-level learners and whose contributions to the Howard County G/T Education Program are exemplary.

Save the dates –

 Submit nominations by February 27, 2014

   Educator recognition event – april 30, 2014

Beginning January 2, 2014 through February 27, 2014, parents and students have the opportunity to nominate a G/T Resource Teacher, content or classroom teacher or an administrator whose efforts have enriched the educational experience of highly able learners. All nominees will be recognized at the April 30th event. Nominating families and students are invited to attend!

Nominations in the form of an online submission form (to include a brief descriptive of the nominee’s contribution) will be accepted from 1/2/14 through 2/27/14. Information and submission instructions are available at with any questions.

GT Program Overview

GT Program Overview – 2013

The Immeasurable Value of Family Involvement

Mindset: Overcome Struggle and Uncover Success

Interested parents and community members are invited to attend…

The Howard County Gifted and Talented Education Program

 Parent Academy

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Presenter:  Margaret Lee, Coordinator of Advanced Academics

Frederick County Public Schools


When faced with a challenge, some students give up and others embrace the struggle. Some focus on grades and achievement while others focus on learning. What makes the difference? Discover Dr. Carol Dweck’s concept of mindset and how it can transform your interaction with your children and their learning experiences.  Leave the session with practical ideas to develop a growth mindset, which will allow children (and adults, too) to persevere in the face of obstacles.


Hammond High School Auditorium

8800 Guilford Road

Columbia, MD 21046



For more information, please visit the G/T Advisory Committee website at, email to or call 410-313-6800.

Educator Recognition for Contributions to Gifted and Talented Education in Howard County

RSVP – Nominated Educators & School Staff (2013)

RSVP Nominators (2013)

This program recognizes exemplary commitment to the needs of advanced-level learners and contributions to the Howard County Gifted and Talented Education Program. Nominations may be made by students or parents on behalf of their children.

All nominated educators will be recognized at a reception that will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. 

Do you know:

a G/T resource teacher or classroom teacher who

  • advocates for the needs of highly able learners,
  • engages all students through creative and differentiated instruction,
  • creates a rigorous and challenging learning environment with opportunities for
  • enrichment and curriculum extension,
  • and provides opportunities for students to engage with real-world problems and
  • develop authentic solutions/products; or

an administrator who

  • recognizes the needs of highly able learners,
  • supports the full implementation of the G/T education program,
  • promotes a rigorous and challenging learning environment with opportunities for enrichment and extension,
  • attends G/T sponsored events and programs within the school and the community,
  • and allocates resources (time, people funds) to support the needs of advanced –    level learners?

Please fill out the Educator Nomination Form by February 28, 2013.  Include a short description (limit 500 words) of the ways in which the educator has demonstrated his/her commitment to gifted education. We also welcome photographs of all nominees and their students via email

Demystifying the College Selection Process

2012 Demystifying College Admissions (ppt)

The Howard County Gifted and Talented Education Program  Parent Academy

Thursday,  November 8, 2012
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Atholton High School Auditorium
6520 Freetown, Columbia, MD 21044

Each year students submit everything that they can think of to the admissions office, and each year most of these items are tossed out without a review.  Learn what admissions selections teams really look for and how they make their decisions.  Ms. Barbara F. Hall, Associate Provost for Enrollment Services, New York University, will share admissions criteria used by selective universities and will share tips on how to write an essay that accurately communicates the voice of the student.

Highlighting the importance of students pursuing their passions, a high school G/T Research Program student will share how, through participation in the program, students contribute to the larger community by applying, creating, and evaluating knowledge in a specialized area of study.

Time will be provided for questions and answer

For more information, please visit the G/T Advisory Committee website at, email to or call 410-313-6800.

The Howard County Gifted and Talented (G/T) Education Program Parent Academy

GT_Program_Overview powerpoint pdf


Wednesday, October 10, 2012
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Howard High School 8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Gifted and Talented Education Program Overview:

  • 7:00 – 8:00 G/T Education Program – Auditorium

G/T Program staff members and students present a comprehensive overview of the G/T Program offerings at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

  • 8:05 – 8:30 Question and Answer Sessions:

Elementary G/T Program Offerings: Auditorium Middle G/T Program Offerings: Classroom F134
High School G/T Courses: Classroom F124

Learn about the advanced-­‐level offerings that are available through the G/T Education Program and how your child can become involved!

The Identification of Students Who Are Gifted

ERIC EC Digest #E644
Author: Mary Ruth Coleman
June 2003

     Few areas in the education of children with exceptionalities are
as controversial and critical as appropriate identification of children
who are gifted. The controversies involve all the pros and cons of
labeling children as well as a variety of political issues. Yet,
identification remains critical to ensuring that children receive the
services they need to thrive in school. This digest discusses the
identification of students who are gifted, the difficulties in the
identification process, appropriate identification practices, and
procedures that can help with identification.

Identification: A Means Not an End

     School systems often face difficult decisions when developing
procedures for identification. The amount of money allotted to gifted
education must include both identification and programming, while
providing a balance between the two. School system administrators run
the risk of using more energy, resources, and precision planning in the
identification process than in the services provided once a student is
identified. Some states even require identification but do not require
the provision of services (Coleman & Gallagher, 1995). With limited
funding, schools must make tradeoffs between using individual
assessments of children and using good group measures. Ideally,
information gleaned during identification would be used to guide
curriculum and instruction for each child. In any case, identification
must be the means to securing appropriate services to meet the needs of
the student, not an end in itself.

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