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 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 who do not qualify for GT content classes through testing 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.

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. G/T Instructional Seminars offer enrichment opportunities for any interested student, regardless of participation in G/T content classes.

Participating students will be provided with a schedule in advance of their seminar meeting times so that they can plan to attend the meetings. Students who participate in a band, chorus, or orchestra sectional may enroll in one GT Instructional Seminar. Students who do not participate in a music sectional may enroll in up to two GT Instructional Seminars.

In September, students were notified via the Bobcat News and their Canvas Lunch course on how to enroll in GT Instructional Seminars; parents were notified on BMMS Alerts.

Questions regarding G/T Instructional Seminars should be directed to the school’s G/T Resource Teacher, Ms. Robyn Page, at robyn_Page@hcpss.org.

2022-2023 BMMS G/T Instructional Seminar Offerings

It’s time to register for this year’s G/T Seminars! Before you register using the links below, please review the basics of G/T Seminar participation:

  • Any interested student may sign up for a G/T seminar. You do not need to be enrolled in any GT classes to participate.
  • Students who do not have a music sectional may take up to two G/T seminars at a time. Students who have a music sectional may take only one G/T seminar. Please only register for one or two G/T Seminars based on your sectional participation.
  • G/T Seminar meeting dates will be posted to your Canvas Calendar on a quarterly basis.
  • Students are expected to inform their classroom teacher in advance of their G/T seminar meeting times. Students are also responsible for reporting to Ms. Page for their G/T seminar at the start of the class period/meeting time. At the end of the G/T seminar meeting, students are dismissed to their regularly scheduled class for the last 8 minutes to hand in any work that is due and to collect work that was missed. The work that was missed should be completed at home and returned the next day. Additionally, regular seminar participation is required. While students who have been ill, or have a scheduling conflict with a sectional or standardized testing are excused, students who do not attend regularly will be removed from their seminar.
  • Unfortunately, space is limited in our G/T seminars. If you would like to be added to a wait list for a particular seminar, please message Ms. Page in Canvas.
  • The deadline to register for G/T Seminars is Tuesday, September 13, at 2:45 p.m.

Here are the 2022-23 G/T Seminars!

Book Club (Sept. - May) - 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 HCPL libraries. Register for Book Club at: https://forms.gle/UhJEL1RuUVxSB8NJ7

Debate (Sept. - 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. Register for Debate at: https://forms.gle/Hn51avc3DDgFCJEp9 

Mission to Mars  (Sept. - June) - In the Mission to Mars GT Seminar, students will work in teams to plan a mission to colonize Mars. Team members will serve as engineers, political scientists, science officers, and city planners to complete the mission challenges. Research, creative problem solving, STEM applications, collaboration, and presentation skills will all be utilized in this seminar. Register for Mission to Mars at: https://forms.gle/DTK1nHYRV1Txb9fv8

Model United Nations (Sept. - June) -  Students interested in learning about world politics, diplomacy, research, and public speaking should join the Model United Nations (MUN) G/T Instructional Seminar. Register for MUN at: https://forms.gle/aKdxEYGRpUXFsN5q6 

National History Day (first semester) - Welcome to a truly inspirational academic opportunity that will allow you to conduct authentic research on a historical topic of your choice: National History Day - or NHD for short. Students who participate in NHD build many crucial skills, including: conducting historical research utilizing primary and secondary sources; critical thinking; developing an annotated bibliography; communication and public speaking; time management and much more. NHD will take you on a historical adventure on which you will learn about the past and about yourself! This year's NHD theme is 'Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas'. 

This year, NHD will only be offered as a GT Seminar, taught by our school's GT Resource Teacher, Ms. Page, and our Media Specialist, Mrs. Berkeley. Together, they have over 25 years of NHD teaching experience, and are excited to lead you on your NHD journey! If you are a 7th grader, please note that when you are in 8th grade (starting in the 2023-2024 school year), GT social studies students will be required to complete NHD as part of the course requirements.This seminar is open to any interested 7th and 8th grade students. Register for the NHD Seminar at: https://forms.gle/oVeEaefV6ygfA7GT7

Stock Market Game (first and second semesters) - Students participating in the Stock Market Game Seminar will compete with a team to invest in the Stock Market in real-time (with fake money!) while learning about economics, investing, and personal finance. This seminar will be offered first and second semesters. Students who register will be assigned to either the first or second semester session. Register for the Stock Market Game at: https://forms.gle/X852zcrAuxcj5mL57

Television Production (Sept. - June) - 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 Bobcat News morning broadcast serves as an example of a high-quality product wherein students emulate practicing professionals in the field. Register for TV Production at: https://forms.gle/YcoGFjbzharYVPCj6

Related Sites

Howard County Public Schools Gifted & Talented Program Web Page

Contact

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