Gifted and Talented Education

Welcome to the Gifted and Talented Program!

Goals of the Gifted & Talented Program

  • To offer a rigorous program which delivers subject content that is accelerated and enriched to advanced-level learners
  • To use instructional strategies which are modified to meet the unique needs of highly able students
  • To increase the variety and quality of student products 

GT Program Courses — Math, Science, Social Studies, English

Curriculum and instruction in GT classes will be differentiated to meet the needs of advanced learners. 

  • Content differentiation, or what students learn, will be more in-depth, require more prior knowledge, and instruction will be faster paced. 
  • Process differentiation, or how students learn, will require that students complete more independent background reading and participate more frequently in analytical and evaluative activities. 
  • Product differentiation, or demonstrating what students have learned, will require that students complete higher level and more in-depth products to show their mastery of the curriculum. 

The Gifted & Talented Program offers four content courses. These courses are both accelerated and enriched. Detailed information about the Middle School Gifted and Talented Curriculum can be found at this link.

Identification for GT Classes (Only Students NEW to HCPSS)

Students who are new to Howard County will be tested, if requested, when enrolled at Burleigh Manor. Parents may request GT testing at the time of registration, or by emailing the school's GT Resource Teacher, Ms. Robyn Page, at Robyn_Page@hcpss.org.

Placement Reviews Following Testing Results

Identification for GT classes may, under certain circumstances, involve a placement review. Parents of students whose GT test scores do not support placement - but who consistently use and apply advanced-level abstract thinking skills to classroom activities, projects, and tests and assessments - may request a placement review. Placement reviews may be requested only after test results have been delivered to parents. Students for whom a review is requested should give evidence in their current course, through superior work and class participation, that they use outstanding abstract reasoning skills to construct thorough and well developed responses in written assignments, projects, and discussions — over and above what is expected of on-grade-level students. A written request for a placement review must be emailed or submitted to Ms. Page within 2 weeks of receiving the test results.

Students who are selected for GT placement will have work samples that demonstrate that they use advanced level abstract reasoning skills in the subject; that they understand at an advanced level the relationships between the concepts presented in the materials; and that in evaluating and interpreting the material, they take a position which is supported by facts and information from the text they have read. 

Parents of students new to the Howard County Public School System may initiate this review in the fall after the student has been tested for participation in GT content classes.

GT Instructional Seminars

GT Instructional Seminars are designed to extend student interests. Students develop a broad range of advanced-level skills in an area of their choosing. Seminars include Book Club, Debate, STEM, and Shakespeare Theater Company. All students at Burleigh Manor may participate in Instructional Seminars. Students who participate in a band, chorus, or orchestra sectional may enroll in one GT Instructional Seminar. Students who do not participate in a sectional may enroll in up to two GT Instructional Seminars. (Please note that students who participate in GT Instructional Seminars are compacted from their classes to participate in seminar. However, each seminar is scheduled on a rotating basis so that participating students will miss a different class the next time the seminar meets.)

G/T Instructional Seminars offer enrichment opportunities for any interested student, regardless of participation in G/T content classes. These seminars meet during the school day and are scheduled on a rotating basis. A calendar will be published at the beginning of each quarter so that students participating in seminars will know of seminar meetings in advance. HCPSS guidelines recommend that students who are in the music program and who have a sectional should take only one G/T seminar. Students who do not have a sectional may participate in two G/T seminars.

Students will be notified on the Bobcat News on how to enroll in GT Instructional Seminars in September; parents will be notified on BMMS Alerts. To register for a G/T Instructional Seminar, please use the links below to access the electronic registration form for the seminar in which you are interested. Students must be logged in to their HCPSS Google Drive accounts to access the registration forms. If the a link to a registration form does not work, copy and paste it into your web browser.

To register for a G/T Instructional Seminar, please use the links below to access the electronic registration form for the seminar in which you are interested. Questions regarding G/T Instructional Seminars should be directed to the school’s G/T Resource Teacher, Ms. Robyn Page, atRobyn_Page@hcpss.org. Space is limited, so register your child today!

2017-18 BMMS G/T Instructional Seminar Offerings

PDF iconGT Seminars Calendar_Q2_2017-18.pdf

Year-long Seminars (Register between September 6 - September 15, 2017):

Book Club - Book Club is for students who love to read and discuss challenging books.  Participants will read 8 exciting and thought-provoking books, then meet once a month to share their ideas with the Club.  2-3 students each month will be invited to the Howard County Middle School Book Club discussion at Miller Library. Access the Book Club Seminar registration form at: https://goo.gl/forms/E4HvxmLHzwqYRP7z1

Debate (ends mid-March) - Debate Seminar provides students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful, persuasive discourse about contemporary issues, thereby strengthening their leadership, critical thinking, and presentation skills. Students use research skills to develop logical arguments supported with evidence to be applied to debates following a prescribed format. Access the Debate Seminar registration form at: https://goo.gl/forms/AaCuh5cq1tAKmXuE3

Global Equality Now! - Students interested on making a positive impact both locally and globally are encouraged to register for the Global Equality Now!  G/T Instructional Seminar. In this seminar, students will work to seek change on issues such as access to education and clean water in developing countries, child labor, and poverty. Access the Global Equality Now! Seminar registration form at: https://goo.gl/forms/1R8SmhxSZrfIKEi03

Model United Nations -  Students interested in learning about world politics, diplomacy, research, and public speaking should join the Model United Nations (MUN) G/T Instructional Seminar. Access the MUN Seminar registration form at: https://goo.gl/forms/eaH8WrokmtmBaDAI2

Shakespeare - Students who are interested in the Shakespeare Seminar will learn the language of Shakespeare as they develop their acting skills to prepare a production for presentation at the Middle School Shakespeare Festival. Seminar participants will audition (date and time to be determined) for parts in the production, and there will be one cast. Access the Shakespeare Seminar registration form at:https://goo.gl/forms/MXbhNpZxfOfSQurj1

STEM (first and second semesters) - Students interested in developing their talents in STEM areas such as computer programming, film, robotics, 3D printing, and more, should enroll in the STEM Seminar. STEM Seminar students will design a STEM project of their choosing to be carried out, resulting in a final product that will be shared with an authentic audience. This seminar meets first semester. Students wanting to sign up for the second semester STEM Seminar may do so in January, 2018. Access the first semester STEM Seminar registration form at: https://goo.gl/forms/P37sdcr5SVAAGmmO2

First Semester (Register between September 6 - September 15, 2017)

Code Slam! (Meets November 13, 2017 - February 18, 2018)

Develop your JavaScript coding skills and learn to program against the clock to prepare for the HCPSS Code Slam competition! Please also note the following:

- Ten students will be selected to compete at the HCPSS Code Slam competition on February 18, 2018.  

- Although not required, it is highly recommended that students in the Code Slam Seminar practice coding outside of school. (Ms. Page will provide you with resources.) Access the Code Slam! Seminar registration form at: https://goo.gl/forms/E86QwgJKbgm9ONLA3

Second Semester (Register between January 8 - January 19, 2018):

STEM (first and second semesters) - Students interested in developing their talents in STEM areas such as computer programming, film, robotics, 3D printing, and more, should enroll in the STEM Seminar. STEM Seminar students will design a STEM project of their choosing to be carried out, resulting in a final product that will be shared with an authentic audience. Students wanting to sign up for the second semester STEM Seminar may do so in January, 2018.

Television Production - Television Production Seminar students are asked to think and work like media producers, utilizing the media production process and industry-standard tools to entertain persuade, inform, and instruct. The broadcast serves as an example of a high-quality product wherein students emulate practicing professionals in the field. 6th graders, and students new to BMMS in 7th and 8th grades, may register for this seminar second semester.

Related Sites

Howard County Public Schools Gifted & Talented Program Web Page

Contact

The school's GT Resource Teacher, Ms. Page, at Robyn_Page@hcpss.org or by calling 410-313-2507.