Members serve three-year terms that are staggered so that one-third of the membership is appointed each year. Members may be re-appointed at the discretion of the Superintendent. Members serving as Chair or chair-elect will have extended terms, to facilitate fulfillment of their duties.
The Chairperson and MSDE GT Lead Specialist select a Chair-elect, to serve a two-year term, whose responsibilities are to assist the Chair in everyday duties, agenda creation, act as Chair in his/her absence, as well as oversee subcommittee work. At the conclusion of the two-year term, the Chair-elect becomes the Chairperson, serving in that position for two additional years.
The Chair creates meeting agendas; facilitates meetings; act as an advisor to the State Superintendent upon request; prepares an annual letter to the Superintendent that includes the Advisory Council's goals/objectives, annual accomplishments, and plan of action for the following year which may be presented to the Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, or a designee. Additionally, the Chair makes may be requested to make presentations to the State Board of Education, at the request of the Superintendent; stays abreast of current data, trends, and literature regarding gifted and talented education; acts as a liaison to MEGS, MCGATE, NAGC, and other organizations; and works with and advises MSDE GT Office staff to help to ensure that gifted and talented students in Maryland are properly identified and receiving the services included in COMAR 13A.04.07 Gifted and Talented Education. The Chair and Chair-elect also oversee the annual Excellence in Gifted and Talented (EGATE) School Awards selection process, as well as the annual Maryland State Gifted and Talented Education Awards.
The Chair and Chair-elect will appoint or seek volunteers for the office of Secretary, who shall take and submit meeting minutes to the MSDE GT Office after each meeting. These minutes will be published on the MSDE website on the Advisory Council's page. The Chair-elect may act as Secretary of the Advisory Council or appoint a temporary replacement, in the Secretary's absence.
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