The Gifted and Talented Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, Inc. (GTAMC) is a volunteer organization that advocates for the instructional needs of gifted and talented and higher-achieving students in Montgomery County and serves as a resource on giftedness for parents, educators, and other interested parties in the community.
2104 Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) Awards Comments
Last night's Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) honored three GTA MC members in the Business and Community Leadership in Gifted and Talented Education category:
John Hoven, Fred Stichnoth, and Michelle Gluck.
As Michelle noted in her award acceptance
remarks and others have noted in this forum, John was instrumental in creating the MCPS IOA Gifted and Talented policy and Fred was a tireless advocate to preserve them when they were threatened with elimination. Michelle provided concrete examples of how the IOA can be applied to encourage, cajole and require implementation of GT education in each school. Building relationships with your school's teachers, administrators, and PTA is a key factor for success. Building relationships with district level administrators, other PTAs, and other advocacy groups leverages the power of advocate numbers and influences the folks who make and implement instructional content and policy.
I want to thank Meredith Casper, Director , Division of Accelerated and Enriched Instruction, for her able representation of MCPS at the 2014 EGATE awards.
GTA MC president