• MCPS Gifted Education

    Links for Teachers - Defined Learning

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    What is Defined Learning? 

    Defined Learning's mission is to drive student engagement and achievement through real-world Project-Based Learning. Defined Learning's digital platform allows students to extend their mastery and understanding of standards within their own classrooms.

    MCPS identified gifted students can engage with Defined Learning and Defined Careers.

    "Defined Learning provides K-12 teachers with an online library of engaging standards-aligned interdisciplinary projects. Students develop critical future-ready skills as they apply their knowledge and skills to solve real-world challenges. 

    Defined Careers is a K-12 college and career readiness platform that provides students with the opportunity to explore and experience careers across all pathways through PBL."




    MCPS Gifted Education Plan


  • What can I do to support my gifted learner?

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    Students identified as exceptional and gifted are eligible to receive individualized supports aimed to keep them excited in their learning experience. One avenue is through Defined Learning, a Project-Based Learning platform that extends applicable learning tasks in an exciting way for students. 

    Students, teachers, and families can also check out resources from the district Gifted Education Library in Admin Building B. Here, there are many exciting options to support students, ranging from texts to help you understand a gifted learner better, to activities geared toward student's individual interests. These resources can help direct student learning in an exciting, enriching way.

    Parents are welcomed advocates for their gifted child's appropriate placement, curriculum and social and emotional needs. Check with your school if you are interested in volunteering with small groups of students for challenging activities.  Relevant materials and books are available for parents through the Gifted Education Library, as mentioned above.
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  • I suspect my student is an exceptional learner. What do I do?

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    First, you should check in with your student's teacher and open the dialogue. Bring up any questions or concerns you may have, and if you want to move forward with an assessment, you should reach out to your child's building principal and request an evaluation.

    In MCPS, every student takes the CogAT in 2nd grade as a metric to initially assess high-ability giftedness in learners.


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  • For more information, please contact:

    Shirley Lindburg, Gifted Education Coordinator at 728-2400 ex. 1057 or salindburg@mcpsmt.org

    Braelynne Shell, Gifted Education Teacher at blshell@mcpsmt.org