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The Board of Education Advisory Councils

Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Council

The Gifted and Talented Advisory Council advises the Commissioner and the Board of Education on meeting the special educational needs of students who are academically advanced (gifted and talented) and issues concerning academically advanced education in the Commonwealth. Made up of parents, educators, and community representatives, the Council represents a variety of interests and perspectives that support challenging learning opportunities for students. Along with the advice of members, the Council relies on research in the field by nationally recognized experts when developing recommendations for the Commissioner and the Board of Education. The work of this council supports the goal of providing a world class education for all students within the Commonwealth, in every school, across every city and town, and from all economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.

2016 Meeting

A special meeting is called by the Accountability Unit of ESE and will be held:

Wednesday December 7, 2016
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM at
Francis Perkins Branch Library,
470 West Boylston Street,
Worcester, MA 01606

The Agenda will include:

  • Introduction to ESSA
  • Discussion re modifying our school accountability system (the measures we use to identify schools and the leveling system we use). Of particular interest will be:
    • Proxy measures of access to advanced coursework (what should they be?)
    • The pros and cons of using such metrics (would we be creating the right incentives or creating an unfunded mandate?)
    • Suggestions for changes to our current leveling system
    • Wrap up and next steps

Council Statement

This year the Commissioner has charged the Council to make recommendations regarding:

  • Best practices for identifying and motivating "beyond grade level learners" and "gifted underachievers," especially in districts and schools that have been labeled underperforming in order to help raise the college and career readiness for those populations.
  • Professional development for teachers on how to address the needs of the above learners

Yearly Council Reports

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2012-2013 Annual Reports of the Advisory Councils to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
(see page 19 for the Gifted and Talented Advisory Council Report)
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2011-2012 Annual Reports of the Advisory Councils to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
(see page 29 for the Gifted and Talented Advisory Council Report)
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2010-2011 Annual Reports of the Advisory Councils to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
(see page 49 for the Gifted and Talented Advisory Council Report)
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2009-2010 Annual Reports of the Advisory Councils to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
(see page 30 for the Gifted and Talented Advisory Council Report)
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2008-2009 Annual Reports of the Advisory Councils to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
(see page 27 for the Gifted and Talented Advisory Council Report)

Related Resources

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Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education
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National Association for Gifted Children
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Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Connecticut
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Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary
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The Framingham Public Schools SAGE Program
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Institute for Learning and Teaching at UMass Boston:
Project ALERTA an enrichment program for Latino students in the Boston Public Schools
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The Advanced Placement Program of the College Board
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Massachusetts ESE Academically Advanced Education Page

Grant Information

There are no current grant opportunities.

2016 Council Members

MembersTitleInstitution
Janis BaronDirector of KITEConsultant Teachers 21
Rebecca DudaTeacherDracut Public Schools
Loretta HollowayAssociate ProfessorFramingham State University
Tyrone MowattPrincipalBusiness Strategy and Research at FromTopDown, LLC
Donna Potter-AstionTeacherBerkshire Hills Regional Schools
Michele ProudeParentHull
Shelly ToomeySystems EngineerBAE Systems
Aimee YermishEducational TherapistDaVinci Learning Center

Officers

Chairperson: Lorretta Holloway
Vice Chair: Tyrone Mowatt
Secretary: Shelly Toomey

Contact Information

ESE Liaison
Lurline Munoz-Bennett
Phone: 781-338-6285
Email: lmunoz-bennett@doe.mass.edu



Last Updated: December 5, 2016
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