Worcester County Schools - Heterogeneous grouping is combined with differentiated instruction and 30 minutes a day of enrichment with a Gifted and Talented Teacher. The Research and Visitation Subcommittee visited Snow Hill Elemnetary and Snow Hill Middle School which have demographics similar to Wicomico County averages. Further details on how Worcester County addresses the needs of high performing learners, along with comparison data between the Snow Hill schools and Wicomico County, can be found here:Addressing the Needs of High Performing Learners in Worcester County.pdf

http://www.carrollk12.org/instruction/minorityach/gt/services/intervention/default.asp - Carroll County in Maryland addresses the needs of gifted students through the use of classromm differentiation and Gifted/Talented Resource Teachers.

http://www2.ccboe.com/gifted/elementary.cfm - Charles County in Maryland also makes use of GT Resource teachers at the elementary level.

http://montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/specialprograms/elementary/highly_gifted_centers.shtm - Montgomery County in Maryland offers "Elementary Center Programs for the Highly Gifted" regionally at seven elementary schools. Here is a brochure describing the program: MontgomeryHighlyGiftedCentersBrochure.pdf

http://www.bcps.org/offices/omp/ - Site describes Baltimore County's theme-based Magnet program.

http://www.wcps.k12.md.us/depts_programs/advanced_programs/magnet_programs.html - Washington County in Maryland has another of the more traditional theme-based elementray Magnet programs.

**AACPS Differentiated.pdf** - This guide from Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Maryland details how differentiated instruction is used to meet the needs of advanced learners.

http://brandywineschools.org/160210116155014703/blank/browse.asp?a=383&BMDRN=2000&BCOB=0&c=54742&1602Nav= - School District near Wilmington has a full-time Academically Gifted Program that provides services to "students identified as gifted and/or talented, and for students whose rate and level of learning is above the average". This program serves students in grades K-8 at two elementary schools and one middle school. Students must meet specific criteria for entry.