Talent Development (previously Gifted and Talented) programs were created to help advanced learning students achieve the most out of their educational opportunities. The Department of Education recognizes that children with talents have unique learning styles which require special planning and accommodations by school personnel to recognize, develop and nurture.
To help answer questions and administer Advanced and Accelerated programs, each Intermediate School District has its own Consultant. Contact your Intermediate School District (ISD) for information in regard to these programs, or for specific questions regarding your district's gifted and talented opportunities. The associations listed below also have helpful information related to Talent Development.
- Michigan Association for Gifted Children (MAGC)
A non-profit organization comprised of educators, parents, and other concerned individuals who are interested in expanding opportunities and advocating for the needs of Michigan children who are gifted and talented. The MAGC has compiled a wide variety of resources for parents, educators, and students.
- National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
NAGC staff and leaders support and develop policies and practices that encourage and respond to the diverse expressions of gifts and talents in children and youth from all cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic groups. The NAGC also has compiled a variety of helpful resources for parents, educators, and students.
The NAGC also has some relevant information related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
- Flexible Learning Options in Michigan
This document provides a brief overview of flexible learning options available in Michigan, including Dual Enrollment, Seat Time Waivers, Testing Out, and several others. These options could potentially be utilized in efforts to support advanced learning students.