New application and deadline for gifted and talented program approval

The Maine DOE has unveiled a new application with a Sept. 30 deadline for annual gifted and talented program and budget approval. All school administrative units (SAU) are required to complete the condensed 2015-16 Initial Application this fall regardless of prior program approval.

Gifted and talented educational programs serve students who excel or demonstrate the potential to excel beyond their peers in terms of general intellectual ability, a specific academic aptitude or artistic ability. The Department requires schools identify and service gifted and talented students. A comprehensive, K-12 gifted and talented program ensures such students are provided with challenging curriculum commensurate with their abilities.

Detailed instructions, the initial application, and a waiver request are available on the Department’s Gifted and Talented website. As a reminder, gifted and talented programs approved during FY 16 are for FY 18 funding.

If you have questions about the forms, please contact Maine DOE’s Special Projects Manager Jennifer Pooler at gt.doe@maine.gov or 624-6638.