Laws & Rules
The following laws and rules are associated with Maine's 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311 gives legislative recognition of gifted and talented students and amends and updates funding provisions that are no longer applicable.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.
Identification of Accelerated Learners
- These sample forms (downloadable as PDF's) will help teachers identify and nominate a student as gifted and talented in the following academic content areas:
- Sample identification resources for the arts are listed below.
- Talent Assessment in the Performing Arts (DMT/TAP) - is the first systematic, research-based talent identification process designed specifically for use in schools. (PDF, 4,309 KB)
- Talent Assessment in the Performing Arts Overview (PDF, 146 KB)
- Identification Of Children Who Are Gifted In Music - Ohio Department of Education publication, August 2004 (PDF, 539KB)
- Examples of Identification Tools Specifically for the Arts - Ohio Department of Education publication (PDF, 164 KB)
- Music Identification Handbook - Wisconsin Music Educators Association (PDF, 2,018 KB)
- Music Identification Resource (PDF, 41 KB)
Exceptionality in Visual and Performing Arts
As part of the establishment of gifted and talented programs, opportunities must be provided for students with exceptional abilities in the visual and performing arts in each district. The Maine Learning Results serves as a guide to each school for developing comprehensive and sequential standards-based curricula for student learning in all eight content areas. Read Chapter 104, Education Programs for Gifted and Talented Children, for more information.
Professional Development and Learning
The Maine Department of Education has compiled the following professional development resources for educators' consideration.
National & Statewide Resources
- Council for Exceptional Children
- Maine Educators of the Gifted & Talented
- National Association for Gifted & Talented Children
- Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
Courses for Educators
- Maine Educators of the Gifted & Talented. Compiles a list of upcoming university courses related to gifted and talented education.
- New England Institute for Teacher Education. Check listing for courses approved for gifted and talented endorsement.
- University of Maine at Farmington. Check annual listing of outreach courses.
- University of Maine. Contact Phyllis Thibodeau at 207-581-2433.
- University of Southern Maine. Check annual and quarterly course listings.
- Giftedness Knows No Boundaries. Micro-credentials program provides an opportunity for states, districts, and schools to support educators as they implement high-leverage strategies and practices that support the unique learning needs of gifted and talented children from diverse backgrounds.
- Resources for school, home, and community. Provided by National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).