Chapter 16 Roundtable Discussion Announcement

Chapter 16 Roundtable Announcement

The official Announcement Link is above. Below is a copy of the announcement. 


Notice is hereby given that the State Board of Education’s Committee on Special
and Gifted Education has scheduled a series of public roundtable discussions to receive
input on the current Chapter 16 (Gifted Education) regulations.

The current Chapter 16 regulations are available at the following link:

The list of roundtable sites, dates, and deadlines for registering are included with
this notice. Pre-registration is required to participate in the discussion.

The schedule for each site is as follows:

Date Location Time Registration Deadline

October 3, 2018

Allegheny Intermediate Unit #3 10:00 a.m. – Noon
IMS Room 
475 E. Waterfront Drive
Homestead, PA 15120

October 9, 2018

Montgomery County 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Intermediate Unit #23 
Washington A Room (Board Room)
2 West Lafayette Street
Norristown, PA 19401

November 1, 2018

333 Market Street Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Honors Suite, 1st Floor 
Harrisburg, PA 17126
Roundtable Discussions

Purpose & Function
The State Board of Education believes educational policy is best made in an open,
public process where all perspectives are considered. Roundtable meetings are held to
bring interested parties together with members of the State Board to explore policy issues
pending before the Board. These meetings provide an informal – but structured – setting
for open discussion and dialogue. Roundtable meetings are held during the initial stage of
policy review. Roundtable meeting participants should review the existing regulations to
become familiar with the current requirements before attending the roundtable meeting.
Information gathered through roundtable meetings assists Board members to identify
successful policy strategies and issues of concern.

Unlike formal public hearings, roundtable meeting participants share their
perspectives about the regulations or policies under consideration by the Board. A
member of the State Board, usually a committee chairperson, chairs each roundtable
meeting. Generally, they will frame the issue or briefly review the regulations under
consideration and request comment. The informal setting permits board members and
participants to ask questions or discuss issues in greater depth than permitted during its
formal meetings.

To permit members of the Board to hear divergent perspectives, the Board
reserves the right to limit participation from the same organization. However, roundtable
meetings are public meetings of the State Board and, therefore, members of the public are
free to attend and observe the proceedings.

The State Board maintains interested parties lists to notify and keep interested
individuals informed about future meetings and activities. To be added to these lists,
contact the State Board office at (717) 787-3787 or


Persons interested in participating in one of the roundtable meetings should
register with the State Board office at (717) 787-3787 or no
later than the deadline dates and times listed in this notice. Registrations submitted via
email must include your name, affiliation, phone number, email address, and the date and
location of the roundtable in which you would like to participate. Scheduling will be
done on a first-come, first-served basis.

Individuals with disabilities who wish to attend the meetings of the Special and
Gifted Education Committee and require an auxiliary aid, service, or other
accommodation to participate should contact Jenna DeNoyelles, ADA Coordinator at
(717) 783-9338 to discuss how the Board may best accommodate their needs. Persons
with disabilities are invited to submit public comments in alternative formats such as
Braille or taped testimony and by means of the telephone. Written and alternative formats
of public comment will be afforded the same thoughtful consideration as oral remarks.

Karen Molchanow
Executive Director

14 responses to “Chapter 16 Roundtable Discussion Announcement”

    • That would be fantastic Judy! If you can send a email to the email in the announcement. They will give you a confirmation to attend. 🙂

  1. I intend to attend as a spectator. There is no need to register for that, correct? Is there an anticipated end time for the discussions?

  2. I attended the Roundtable discussion on October 3 at the AIU in Homestead. The meeting was very well organized and I received a wealth of information. Really enjoyed networking with other fellow Gifted teachers. Thank you for a wonderful opportunity!

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