Congratulations to not one, not two, but three county schools for their excellence in providing opportunities for gifted and talented students!
Belvedere, Edgewater, and Pasadena elementary schools earned Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) awards from the Maryland State Department of Education for their outstanding efforts aligned to Maryland’s Criteria for Excellence Guidelines and standards for Gifted and Talented education over a 27-month period. The schools make up nearly 25 percent of the 13 schools to earn the designation statewide this year.
The Maryland State Department of Education and State Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education initiated the Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) School Awards Program in 2010. This program honors exceptional elementary, middle, and high schools that offer gifted and talented programs aligned with the objectives and criteria of the Maryland Criteria for Excellence: Gifted and Talented Program Guidelines and Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR ) 13A.04.07 Gifted and Talented Education.
Each EGATE school submitted a comprehensive portfolio, which provided documentation of twenty-one different criteria under four program objectives. EGATE schools are recognized with a Governor’s proclamation and a banner, which is displayed proudly at their school. These schools serve as models for other schools seeking to achieve EGATE status or improve their school programs and services.
“As we seek to Elevate All Students and Eliminate All Gaps, we must address the needs of all of our students,” Superintendent George Arlotto said. “These distinctions are recognition of that work on the part of every one of our staff members at these schools.”
Congratulations to the students, faculty, administators and staff of these schools!