About Us

GT Discover Compass


GT Discover builds the capacity of schools, communities, and parents to identify and serve more gifted and talented students, especially those who are historically underrepresented, serving as a repository of resources, learning opportunities, and a collaborative community for stakeholders.

About GT Discover

GT Discover is a website developed under federal funding through the U.S. Department of Education’s Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Education Grant. The website is co-owned by the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Curriculum, Instructional Improvement, and Professional Learning (MSDE), and the IDEALS Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Education.

The website is free to use. We seek content from a variety of contributors, who will receive authorship attribution and links to their organization. All content reflects the views and opinions of the author and/or organization, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of either MSDE, the IDEALS Institute, U.S. Department of Education, the financial sponsors, or other contributors.

Who We Are

Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), under the leadership of the State Superintendent of Schools and guidance from the Maryland State Board of Education, develops and implements standards and policy for education programs from pre-kindergarten through high school. MSDE also oversees technical education, rehabilitation services, and library programs throughout the state’s 24 local school systems.

The Johns Hopkins University School of Education, IDEALS Institute

Through the IDEALS Institute, the Johns Hopkins School of Education strives to improve the quality of life of children and youth, including those who are gifted and talented, through research, teaching, and leadership in the use of technology. The IDEALS Institute is a unique partnership combining the research and teaching resources of the Johns Hopkins University and the leadership and policy support of the MSDE.