Two Charles County schools recognized for gifted education
Wade, Craik elementar y schools among 10 honored in Maryland
Two Charles County schools are being rec- ognized for their efforts in providing accelerated learning opportunities to gifted and talented students.
Dr. James Craik and William B. Wade elementar y schools are among 10 schools across the state to be named 2016 Excel- lence in Gifted and Talent- ed Education (EGATE) Award recipients by the Maryland State Department of Education.
Both schools received the award in 2011. Schools receiving the EGATE Award may apply again after five years.
In the seven years of the award’s existence, 44 schools from 10 school systems have received the EGATE Award.
EGATE Award schools receive a citation from the Maryland governor, an EGATE banner to display at their school and celebratory visits from MSDE staff and members of the Maryland Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education.
“We’re excited here. It was a whole team effort,” said Joseph Perriello, learning resource teacher at Wade.
Each school must submit a comprehensive application which provides documentation of 21 criteria for excellence under four program objectives: student identification, curriculum and instruction, professional development and program management and evaluation, according to MSDE’s guidelines.
“We have to show our school has pretty much given the students an opportunity to grow,” said Dana Moyer, learning resource teacher at Craik. “We have to document ev- erything we have done.”
Moyer said that in addition to enrichment op- portunities provided by teachers in the classroom, she also works with small groups of students on advanced topics.
“We try to make sure it’s an engaging environ- ment, where they’re able to ask their own questions and really engage in the topic,” Moyer said. “The student-led discussions are always more powerful than teacher-led discus- sions … I feel I learn as much from the students as they do from me.”
MSDE will hold a reception and awards cer- emony recognizing the schools from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 16 at North County High School in Glen Burnie.
In addition to the schools being awarded, a number of teachers and administrators will be recognized for their work in gifted and talented education, including Moyer, Perriello, Debra Calvert, principal at William Diggs Elementary and Lynn Hopkins, language arts teacher at Milton Somers Middle School.
A number of students will also be recognized, including 10 from Charles County Public Schools.
Those students are Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School fifth grader Brady Freundel; Somers eighth grader Christian Gomez; Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy fifth grader Grace Klaas; Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School fifth grader Alexandra Merchant; Craik fifth grader Jashae Proctor; Diggs fifth grader Zahra Ramakdawala; Gale-Bailey Elementary School fifth grader Faith Rothell; Craik fourth grader Ava Rowledge; Wade fifth grader Zoe Wheeler and T.C. Martin Elementary School fifth grader Mackenna Zopelis.