Talent Development (previously Gifted and Talented) programs were created to help advanced learning students achieve the most our 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.
- 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.
- 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.