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Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)

Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Council

The Gifted and Talented Advisory Council advises the Commissioner and the Board of Education on meeting the special educational needs of students who are academically advanced (gifted and talented) and issues concerning academically advanced education in the Commonwealth. Made up of parents, educators, content experts, and community representatives, the Council represents a variety of interests and perspectives that support challenging learning opportunities for students. Along with the advice of members, the Council relies on research in the field by nationally recognized experts when developing recommendations for the Commissioner and the Board of Education. The work of this council supports the goal of providing a world class education for all students within the Commonwealth, in every school, across every city and town, and from all economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.

Council Statement

A recent report Download Word Document detailed the current state of gifted education in Massachusetts, and highlighted an absence of adequate programming, particularly for students of color. Specifically, more than three-quarters of Black and Hispanic students identified as academically advanced in 3rd grade are no longer in the top decile by 6th grade. In response, the Commissioner has charged the council to identify recommendations for how the Department can support districts and schools in addressing the inequities outlined in the report.

SY2019-2020 Meeting Schedule

Friday, March 6, 20205:00 – 7:30 p.m.Mosaic Commons, 22 Village Lane, Berlin MA

Related Resources

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Gifted Education in Massachusetts: A Policy and Practice Review
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Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education
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National Association for Gifted Children
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Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Connecticut
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Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary

Council Members

Meena BharathSchool Committee MemberHopkinton Public Schools
**Katharina ElbertAdvocateMassachusetts Association for Gifted Education
*Victoria L. GreerSuperintendentSharon Public Schools
Kenya GuerraParentHampden County
Betsy McCoachProfessorUniversity of Connecticut
Yaileen MoscatStudentAbbott Academy, Lawrence
Tyrone MowatFounderEd Inquiry
Takeru NagayoshiTeacher of the YearNew Bedford Public Schools
Marty O'SheaSuperintendentLongmeadow Public Schools
Courtney PerdiosParentQuincy Public Schools
Magalie PinneyParentBrockton Public Schools
Donna Potter AstionEnrichment and Academically Advanced SpecialistBerkshire hills Regional Schools
MaryGrace StewartPresidentMassachusetts Association for Gifted Education
Lance SunCoordinator of Diversity, Equity, and InclusionThe Sage School
Heny TarazChallenge Lead TeacherWaltham Public Schools
Myriam Ulloa-SkolnickPrincipalJohn R. Fausey Elementary, West Springfield



DESE Staff Contacts

Craig Waterman, Liaison to the Council

Jackie Gantzer, Council Support

Ventura Rodriguez, Senior Associate Commissioner

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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