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    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, content experts, 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 Charge

    A recent report detailed the current state of gifted education in Massachusetts, and highlighted an absence of adequate programming, particularly for students of color. Specifically, more than three-quarters of Black and Hispanic students identified as academically advanced in 3rd grade are no longer in the top decile by 6th grade. In response, the Commissioner has charged the council to identify recommendations for how the Department can support districts and schools in addressing the inequities outlined in the report.

    SY2021-2022 Meeting Schedule

    Meeting Date & TimeLocationAgendaMinutes
    Thursday, July 15, 2021
    5:00–7:00 PM
    This meeting is being held remotely. If you would like to attend, please email Thomas Zorich for the Zoom information. July 15, 2021 Minutes
    Thursday, September 16, 2021
    5:00–7:00 PM
    This meeting is being held remotely. If you would like to attend, please email Thomas Zorich for the Zoom information. September 16, 2021 Minutes
    Thursday, November 18, 2021
    5:00–7:00 PM
    This meeting is being held remotely. If you would like to attend, please email Thomas Zorich for the Zoom information. November 18, 2021 Minutes
    Thursday, January 20, 2022
    5:00–7:00 PM
    This meeting is being held remotely. If you would like to attend, please email Thomas Zorich for the Zoom information. January 20, 2022 Minutes
    Thursday, February 17, 2022
    5:00–7:00 PM
    This meeting is being held remotely. If you would like to attend, please email Thomas Zorich for the Zoom information. February 17, 2022 Minutes
    Thursday, March 17, 2022
    5:00–7:00 PM
    This meeting is being held remotely. If you would like to attend, please email Thomas Zorich for the Zoom information. March 17, 2022 Minutes
    Thursday, May 19, 2022
    5:00–7:00 PM
    This meeting is being held remotely. If you would like to attend, please email Thomas Zorich for the Zoom information.

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    2021-2022 Council Members

    MembersTitleInstitution
    Meena BharathFormer School Committee Member/ ChairHopkinton Public Schools
    **Katharina ElbertAdvocateMassachusetts Association for Gifted Education
    Kenya GuerraParentHampden County
    Betsy McCoachProfessorUniversity of Connecticut
    Yaileen MoscatStudentBoston University
    Tyrone MowatFounderEd Inquiry
    Takeru NagayoshiMA 2020 Teacher of the YearPanorama Education
    Courtney PerdiosParentQuincy Public Schools
    Magalie PinneyParentBrockton Public Schools
    *Donna Potter AstionRetired — Enrichment and Academically Advanced SpecialistBerkshire Hills Regional Schools
    MaryGrace StewartChief Academic OfficerIDEAL4Gifted
    Lance SunSpanish Teacher and The Learning Center SpecialistProvidence Country Day
    Heny TarazChallenge Lead TeacherWaltham Public Schools
    Myriam Ulloa-SkolnickPrincipalJohn R. Fausey Elementary, West Springfield

    *Chairperson

    **Co-Chairperson

    DESE Staff Contacts

    Thomas Zorich , Liaison to the Council

    Last Updated: June 10, 2022

     
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