Gifted Advisory Committee
2017 / 2018 GAC Meetings and Locations:October 10: 1:00 PM BAIERL CENTER PONCE ROOMNovember 14: 1:00 PM Central Administrative Offices Board RoomMarch 13: 1:00 PM Baierl Center Ponce RoomApril 10: 1:00 PM Central Administrative Offices Board Room
Gifted Advisory Committee By-Laws
The Vision Statement of the North Allegheny Gifted Advisory Committee is to promote and advocate for an exemplary gifted program at all levels (in accordance with Chapter 16 Regulations) providing a learning environment in which divergent strengths and higher level thinking skills are enriched through collaboration, systemic problem-solving and communication.
The goals of the Gifted Advisory Committee are:
1. To provide, maintain, and improve the dissemination of information on research-based and innovative practices in gifted education to parents and school staff.
2. To identify systemic issues that affect the delivery of gifted education services and have District-wide impact through discussion and recommend possible resolutions.
3. To provide communication opportunities between the representatives of NAPAGE and District staff.
1. Standing members of the Gifted Advisory Committee will be the Supervisor of Special Education and Pupil Services, Coordinator of Special Education, Gifted Support Master Teacher, one member representing the Assistant Superintendent’s Office, President of NAPAGE, Vice-President of NAPAGE, and two other NAPAGE Executive Board Members.
2. Parent representatives on the Gifted Advisory Committee will be appointed by NAPAGE and include one per elementary and middle school buildings and two per high school buildings.
3. Other members of the Gifted Advisory Committee shall be one principal representative from each of the elementary and secondary level, one regular education teacher from each level (elementary, middle, secondary); one gifted support teacher from each of the following levels: elementary, middle, intermediate (9 – 10), and senior high levels (11 – 12), one school counselor, one school psychologist, and one school board member.
4. Alternate members will be appointed or assigned by either NAPAGE or the District.
1. All members shall serve a term of two years beginning the 2012 – 2013 school year.
2. A member who has served one term may serve additional terms based on the committee’s needs.
3. Any vacancy which occurs on the committee during the term shall be appointed by NAPAGE and/or the District.
D. Member Responsibilities
1. Each member will share the work of the committee with the group they represent.
2. Each member will be respectful of others’ opinions.
3. Prior to bringing a concern/issue to the Gifted Advisory Committee, Chain of Command will be followed.
In order to facilitate the smooth operation of the Gifted Advisory Committee, the following procedures shall be adopted:
1. Regular meetings will be held during October and April. A combined meeting with the Gifted Advisory Committee and Chapter 14 Committee will be scheduled during the month of February. These meetings will be scheduled in advance on the District calendar before the close of the previous school year. In agreement with the District and NAPAGE Officers, a formal meeting of GAC may be scheduled on an as needed basis.
2. The Supervisor of Special Education and Pupil Services or his/her designee will attend a minimum of two NAPAGE meetings per year. District representatives will attend the NAPAGE meetings upon invitation.
3. Minutes will be disseminated via an e-mail reminder one week in advance of the next scheduled meeting.
4. In the monthly meeting reminder, the Gifted Support Secretary will ask members to respond to the e-mail if they are unable to attend the meeting.
5. The general public may attend and observe the Gifted Advisory Committee meetings at the discretion of the Standing Committee.
6. Topics will be generated for future planning at the April meeting.
7. Monthly meetings with NAPAGE officers will be held to address Consumer Concerns with District representatives. The meeting can be cancelled with agreement of the District and NAPAGE Officers.
8. The Consumer Concerns format will consist of the following four criteria: Date of Issue, Concern Summary, Answer/Resolution Action Taken, and Date of Resolution.
9. Regarding inclement weather, the following guidelines will prevail:
a. In the event of a two-hour delay, the Gifted Advisory Committee meeting will be held as originally scheduled.
b. In the event that school is cancelled, the Gifted Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for that date will be cancelled.
c. In the case of developing inclement weather on the day of a meeting, notification of a cancellation will be sent via e-mail or contact the GOAL Office (412-635-4108) for confirmation.
10. Robert’s Rules of Order Revised shall serve as a basis for parliamentary procedure at all meetings of the committee.
11. All new members will receive an electronic copy of the Gifted Advisory Committee By-Laws.
F. Structure of the Meeting
1. An agenda will be created following Robert’s Rules of Order Revised.
2. Presentations by committee members or outside presenters/guests will be placed on the agenda and will be followed by a questions/answer period for committee members.
3. “Standing Old Business” will include Consumer Concerns.
Revised on May 14, 2013
Reviewed on October 8, 2013