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News Release: Three PGCPS Schools, Dozens of Educators Honored for Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education

January 18, 2024
For Immediate Release

Office of Communications

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Capitol Heights, Greenbelt and Longfields elementary schools have been named 2023 Maryland Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) Schools. This is the third year Capitol Heights (2013, 2018) and Greenbelt (2014, 2019) received EGATE Awards and the second time for Longfields (2018). Fifty-three Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) teachers, administrators and students were also honored.

“I’m extremely proud of our Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program coordinators, teachers and administrators who volunteer to participate in the rigorous EGATE application process to identify their strengths and areas that may need improvement,” said TAG Supervisor Theresa Jackson. “We work collaboratively in teams to complete this process, and I see firsthand the benefits of earning the EGATE recognition.”

The EGATE Award recognizes public schools that offer superior and equitable gifted and talented education. Through a rigorous application process, school teams document how their school’s program aligns with Maryland Criteria for Excellence: Gifted and Talented Education Program Guidelines. The guidelines establish optimal practices in four program components: identification of students, curriculum and instruction, professionally qualified teachers and professional development, and program management and evaluation.

“These school and individual awards are a testament to the hard work and commitment of our students, school leaders and educators,” said Superintendent Millard House II. “By ensuring advanced learners are challenged and engaged, these programs open a world of opportunities while providing a strong foundation for success in high school, college and career.”

Since inception in 2010, 23 PGCPS schools have earned the EGATE Award, with 11 schools earning the award two or more years. 

Schools, students and educators will be recognized at a statewide event on February 27, featured on the MSDE website and will serve as models and resources to schools working toward EGATE status.

Learn more about PGCPS Talented and Gifted and specialty programs.