Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)

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.

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

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 DESE Academically Advanced Education Page

Grant Information

There are no current grant opportunities.

Council Members

Janis BaronDirector of KITEConsultant Teachers 21
Rebecca DudaTeacherDracut Public Schools
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


Chairperson: Tyrone Mowatt
Secretary: Shelly Toomey

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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