Two Charles County schools rec­og­nized for gifted ed­u­ca­tion

Wade, Craik el­e­men­tar y schools among 10 hon­ored in Mary­land

Maryland Independent - - News - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JamieACIndyNews

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.

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