To help implement the law, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has developed an advisory committee, The Strengthening Gifted and Talented Education Act Committee (SGTEAC), of over 60 educational advocates and representatives from across our state to help families and local education agencies “Unpack the Law.” SGTEAC is broken out into the following sub-committees:
Provides resources and suggestions to the NJ Department of Education to implement the law, Chapter 338: Strengthening Gifted and Talented Education Act.
Provides school districts with guidance, resources, and best practices for the equitable identification of students with gifts and talents, who are in need of modifications in order to achieve in accordance with their capabilities.
Mission of the programming options/services subcommittee is to provide the support and guidance to districts and schools for the purpose of the intentional planning of multiple programs and services that adequately address the academic and intellectual abilities of gifted students.
Mission is to provide guidance about the many ways cognitive and affective needs intersect for gifted children. These learners often have unique social and emotional needs (such as perfectionism, anxiety, hypersensitivity, underachievement, asynchronicity, loneliness, and overexcitabilities), which must be understood and met in order for them to develop academic and social self-efficacy.
Mission is to provide Professional Development for all educators, in collaboration with the DOE and experts in the field of gifted education, in order to meet the needs of gifted learners. Incorporation of best practices, exemplar programs, current resources and creating awareness of the gifted learner, will help to assist in providing equitable and appropriate challenges for all students.
To learn more about SGTEAC and the work they are doing, visit our resources page.
English Language Learners are often overlooked while identifying gifted students for services in our schools. A recent law aims to correct this by requiring guidance from the NJ Department of Education (DOE) to Local Education Agencies (LEAs).
To read more about state codes, visit the sites below.