Gifted and Talented Parent Involvement
There are many opportunities for parents and community members to learn more about and to become an advocate for gifted education.
G/T Advisory Committee
The G/T Advisory Committee is composed of parents, teachers, and community members who support the G/T Program in Howard County. Dialogue groups as well as various subcommittees report to the steering committee to make recommendations to the G/T Office.
For additional information, please visit their website or contact the G/T program office at 410-313-6800.
The Parent Academy offers a series of workshops for parents and community members who want to learn more about gifted education. These workshops investigate topics such as the social and emotional needs of advanced-learners.
Parent Academy Representatives
What is the Gifted and Talented (G/T) Parent Advisory Committee?
The G/T Parent Advisory Committee (GTAC) is a long-standing group of Howard County parents and community members who are interested in G/T programs offered by the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS). This committee works with the HCPSS G/T office, school administrators, G/T resource teachers, and other school personnel to receive updates, ask questions, and provide feedback related to G/T programs.
Why are G/T Parent Representatives needed?
As educational philosophies and policies change over time, advocates are needed who are committed to ensuring that school policies and programs benefit all students, including advanced-level learners. As parents, we can enhance the education of our children by being informed and providing feedback related to G/T programs.
What is the primary role of the Parent Representative?
The primary role of the Parent Representative is to be a liaison between the GTAC and the school community. Parent representatives can keep G/T teachers and fellow parents updated on information from meetings and provide feedback to the committee from their school communities. Representatives may also assist G/T resource teachers in other ways, as requested.
What other opportunities exist for me as a parent representative?
There are additional opportunities to be involved in the GTAC. Representatives may serve on the Steering Committee of GTAC, advocate for the group at meetings of the Board of Education of Howard County, and represent the group at policy committee meetings. Parent representatives may also wish to research new and proposed laws and decisions, which may affect advanced-level learners. There are also opportunities to become an officer on the Steering Committee and to assist with the planning and implementation of events, such as the G/T Educator Recognition Event held in the Spring.
How to Get Involved
- Supporting and Sustaining Gifted Education: The role of parent advocate
- Guiding Principles for Advocacy
- Five Tips for Supporting Gifted and Talented Education in Howard County
Additional Parent Resources
G/T Parent Academy on Social Emotional Needs of Advanced-Level Learners
For more information, please contact the G/T Education Program Advisory Committee at 410-313-6800.
G/T Resource Teacher
Resource teachers are located at each school and will offer additional information about the G/T Program and its implementation in the school in the form of G/T orientations, the program brochure, and periodic newsletters. For more information, schedule an informational conference with the resource teacher at your child’s school.