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Primary Talent Development

Primary Talent Development Early Learning Program

The Primary Talent Development Early Learning Program PreK – 2 is a science-based, critical- and creative-thinking curriculum that integrates gifted education and early childhood education theory and practice. The program engages all students in open-ended, hands-on, problem-solving experiences that promote the learning behaviors associated with lifelong success. Learn how to use the Primary Talent Development program (PDF).

Goals of the Primary Talent Development Early Learning Program

  • Provide opportunities for all children to develop and demonstrate advanced learning behaviors, including children from groups underrepresented in advanced programs.
  • Build a profile of student strengths over time, from prekindergarten through second grade, which can be used to document the need for differentiated instruction and gifted and talented education.
  • Provide models of the essential strategies of analyzing attributes, questioning, and creative problem solving, all of which students can use as they continue to learn.

Primary Talent Development Modules

Students working at a table.

First Grade: Design Dilemma

Maryland State Department of Education
The purpose of the Design Dilemma Primary Talent Development module is to encourage students to use resourceful and creative behaviors ...
Elementary school kids and teacher sit cross legged on floor.

First Grade: Thinking Big

Maryland State Department of Education
The purpose of the Thinking Big Primary Talent Development module is to immerse students in a series of research-based cognitive ...
Teacher and kids gardening.

Second Grade: Tremendous Trees

Maryland State Department of Education
Tremendous Trees or Tree-mendous Trees encourages students to use inquisitive and creative behaviors, to think like a scientist ...

Funding for The Primary Talent Development Early Learning Program: Nurturing and Challenging All Children was provided by the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Education Program, U. S. Department of Education.

Disclaimer:  Primary Talent Development is a Maryland State Department of Education program but is not required to be implemented by local school systems. Please check with your local school system to determine how it is being used in your area.