• News Release: More Schools Recognized for Excellence in Talented and Gifted Education

    News Release: More Schools Recognized for Excellence in Talented and Gifted Education

    December 16, 2019
    For Immediate Release
    Office of Communications

    Eight schools were selected to receive 2019 Maryland Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) awards, the highest single-year total in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). The 2019 recipients include Greenbelt, Heather Hills, Mattaponi, Pointer Ridge and Valley View elementary schools, Accokeek Academy and Benjamin Tasker and Walker Mill middle schools.

    Nine county schools were previously awarded EGATE status. This year, only 13 Maryland schools received the honor.
    “These schools go above and beyond to provide a model academic program for students,” said Dr. Monica Goldson, Chief Executive Officer. “Having access to quality gifted and talented programs is key to ensuring advanced learners meet their full potential.”

    This year’s EGATE recipients will receive a school banner and citations from the Governor and the Maryland State Department of Education to display in their schools. They will be recognized during an awards ceremony in February, participate in the 2020 EGATE Showcase and Networking event and host a celebratory visit from MSDE representatives and the State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education.

    The EGATE Award recognizes public schools that offer superior and equitable gifted and talented education. The rigorous application process requires school teams to document how their school’s gifted and talented education program aligns with the Maryland Criteria for Excellence: Gifted and Talented Education Program Guidelines. The guidelines establish optimal practices in four program components: identification of students, curriculum and instruction, professionally qualified teachers and professional development, and program management and evaluation.

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    About PGCPS:  Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), the nation's 20th largest school district, has 206 schools and centers, more than 136,500 students and 22,000 employees. Under the leadership of Dr. Monica Goldson, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for college and career-readiness programs that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including dual enrollment and language immersion.