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Distance Learning Guidance: Talented and Gifted Program (TAG)

Highlights

  • In a full distance learning model, students will meet with their teachers in real-time, in various sessions, to receive direct instruction. This support will allow them to receive differentiated, enriched, and accelerated instruction.
  • Professional development will be provided for TAG Center Coordinators to review expectations and resources on August 26, 2020 and monthly meetings thereafter; professional development will be provided for new TAG Center teachers by TAG Center Coordinators, and TAG Office will provide webinars during the first semester.

Programmatic Support

  • Parents will have a virtual orientation meeting conducted by the TAG Center Coordinator at each of the 11 schools to share schedules, explain how to access textbook and ancillary resources, arrange materials pick-up dates, etc. Additional parent resources are available on the TAG Office website, school websites, and TAG Twitter Account.
  • Dedicated TAG Center Coordinators will provide full-time support for teachers and students, pulling small groups of students across content areas and working with teachers to provide high quality, differentiated instruction, enrichment, and acceleration for TAG Center students.
  • The TAG Office will continue to post resources, ideas, and strategies in the following Google classrooms:
    • TAG Center Coordinators
    • TAG Center Elementary Teachers
    • TAG Center Middle School Teacher 
  • The TAG Office, together with TAG Center coordinators, will conduct an online teacher survey  to determine what types of additional  professional development and support teachers need for effective differentiation during distance learning
  • The TAG Office, together with school-based TAG Center coordinators, will develop on-line professional development modules across a number of topic areas, including TAG Center Coordinator Seminars and TAG 101 for New Teachers
  • Teachers and coordinators will have access to virtual conferences centered on giftedness:
    • On-demand/pre-recorded webinars
    • Maryland State Annual Conference (October)
    • Let’s Talk 2E Conference (January)     

 Program and Scheduling Considerations

  • All content area courses will be scheduled per the sample schedules in the PGCPS Reopening Plan.
  • International Culture and Language (ICAL) will be scheduled during the specials’ rotation.

Resources for Distance Learning

 Grades

Resource

Description

2-8

All resources for Reading, Math, Science, and Social Content

The TAG Center content area teachers should access all the texts,  resources, technology, and web-based resources available to general education students.

 2-8

TAG Center Coordinators

The TAG Center Coordinators are responsible for providing direct support to teachers and students, as needed.  For instance, elementary coordinators will provide support for the twice exceptional learners.

 2-5

William & Mary Language Arts Curriculum for High Ability Learners

William and Mary teacher editions, students booklets, and supplemental hardcopy materials are needed for curriculum implementation.  This is a differentiated curriculum that is unique to the TAG Center Elementary Program.

2-5

International Culture and Language (ICAL) Documents and Mango Languages

International Culture and Language (ICAL) resources are located on the World Language site.  Mango Languages Software is available in Clever.

3-4

TAG Center RELA Framework

The TAG Center content area teachers should access all the texts,  resources, technology, and web-based resources available to general education students.  This document is designed to support differentiation and provides ready-to-use resources in a distance learning platform.

6-8

RELA/English Honors Curriculum

The TAG Center content area teachers should access all the texts,  resources, technology, and web-based resources available to general education students.

6-8

Social Studies Honors Curriculum

The TAG Center content area teachers should access all the texts,  resources, technology, and web-based resources available to general education students.

6-8

Science Honors/TAG Extensions

The TAG Center content area teachers should access all the texts,  resources, technology, and web-based resources available to general education students.  TAG/Honors extensions were written for each unit for grades 6-8.

6-8

Academic Resource Honors Curriculum

The TAG Center content area teachers should access all the texts,  resources, technology, and web-based resources available to general education students.

2-8

Twice Exceptional Google Classroom

The Twice Exceptional Google classroom includes teacher resources, sample lessons.

2-8

TAG Center ES and MS Google Classrooms

TAG Center ES and MS Google Classrooms are updated weekly on Tuesday to add supplemental resources related directly to the content areas and resources that provide additional enrichment.

2-8

Google folders and documents across content areas and grade levels

TAG Center teachers have access to numerous adaptable resources from past trainings housed in Google folders.

(e.g. middle school science workshops, elementary math workshops, annual RELA trainings, etc)

Parents of students in grades 2-8

TAG Parent Resources (found on website and twitter)

The TAG website Includes resources for virtual field trips, distance learning ideas & links, math resources, etc.  The TAG Twitter account includes resources for parents,