The Maine Department of Education is committed to meeting the needs of all learners, as outlined in our strategic plan. We provide reimbursement to school districts for certain approved costs that support locally-developed “gifted and talented” programs and provide professional development opportunities and technical assistance to school districts in instructional practices such as differentiation, innovative pathways, and other supports for meeting the diverse needs of Maine’s learners.
The FY 20/21 Talent Development (former Gifted and Talented) approval application is not available at this time. Please check back after July 31, 2020 for more information. A priority notice will be posted when the application becomes available.
Please find previous years Approved Gifted and Talented Program Budgets under the Fiscal Reports page.
Laws & Rules
The following laws and rules are associated with Maine gifted and talented programs.
- Chapter 104: Educational Programs for Gifted & Talented Children. Chapter 104 is the rule under which gifted programs in Maine are developed and evaluated.
- Chapter 311: Gifted & Talented Students. Chapter 311 gives legislative recognition of gifted and talented students and amends and updates funding provisions that are no longer applicable.
- Recent legislative changes to Chapter 311. See Part H.
- Endorsement 690: Gifted & Talented Teacher. The requirements for the gifted and talented endorsement are listed and fully described under Chapter 115: Part II: Requirements for Specific Certificates and Endorsements. See Chapter 115, Part II, pages 35-36.