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Programs > Gifted and Talented > 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 integrating gifted education and early childhood education theory and practice. PTD engages all students in open-ended, hands-on, problem solving experiences which promote the learning behaviors associated with lifelong success: perceptive, communicative, inquisitive, persistent, creative, resourceful, and leadership. By the completion of Grade 2, each student has a cumulative PTD Behavioral Scale documented by portfolio artifacts that can be used to make referrals for gifted and talented student identification.
In Focus
View the Primary Talent Development Video
"Nurturing & Challenging All Children"

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, prekindergarten – 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 which are transferrable to new learning situations.

Primary Talent Development Video

Primary Talent Development
Early Learning Program Pre K-2
"Nurturing & Challenging All Children"

Contact Information
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
PTD Brochure
How to Implement the Program
Sample Lesson, PreK
Sample Lesson, Grade 2
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