On February 13, 2020, BSE Director Carole L. Clancy released a PennLink memo regarding gifted education programming. The memo states that PDE is responsible for ensuring that all local educational agencies (LEAs) providing services, whether directly or by contractual arrangements, administer gifted education services and programs in compliance with applicable state laws and regulations. In order to fulfill this responsibility, PDE has established contracts with two Intermediate Units (Allegheny IU 3 and Montgomery County IU 23) to provide professional development and technical training across the Commonwealth. The memo also welcomes Amy Davis (IU 3) and Patrice Semicek (IU 23) to the state level team and, along with Shirley Moyer, they are inviting all IU Gifted Liaison’s to attend a face-to-face meeting on April 23, 2020, in the Lancaster Room at the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network in Harrisburg from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. to map out the needs of the field. Questions may be directed to Shirley Moyer, 717.705.5186, email@example.com; Amy Davis, 412.394.4193, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Patrice Semicek 610.755.9483, email@example.com.
PDE recognizes the time and effort required on behalf of LEAs to successfully participate in gifted education and thanks them for their cooperation in complying with this state mandated requirement.