Dear Gifted and Talented Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Peggy Boyd has been named the new Educational Specialist overseeing EIRC’s Gifted and Talented Division effective January 1, 2017. Peggy is replacing Mary Moyer Stubbs who accepted a position as Legislative Consultant with the NJ Association of School Librarians.

Peggy’s background includes serving as a K-8 educator and Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, as well as working with Gifted and Talented programs for several years.  She is passionate about delivering unsurpassed teacher and student G & T quality programs. We are fortunate to have Peggy leading the Gifted and Talented team here at EIRC.

Please join me in congratulating Peggy Boyd on her new position. Do not hesitate to contact her at (856) 582-7000, ext. 194 or by email at: EIRC looks forward to embarking on new and innovative Gifted and Talented initiatives with your students.


Dr. Mark C. DeMareo
Director of Educational Services
Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC)

 EIRC’s Gifted and Talented Service provides access to quality gifted and talented education programs for students.


EIRC’s Gifted and Talented Services deliver comprehensive, instructional services which will empower gifted and talented students to meet the challenges of NJ curriculum standards preparing them with college and career readiness skills for their participation as global citizens.  EIRC’s G&T educational programs allow an opportunity for school districts to meet the required NJ mandate for providing gifted and talented programs.

Program Options:

EIRC’s G&T educational program offerings provide access to a year-long curriculum for students.  While enrolled in these programs, students learn how to impact change, conduct research and complete independent studies, create inventions, simulate life on Mars, participate in the legislative process and take the SAT and/or the ACT.  Additionally, professional development is provided for teachers for each of the curriculum offerings along with organization of all the multi-district student events.

Each program offers participation in multi-district student events which affords students interaction with their peers and where student efforts are also rewarded.  Additionally, many of the events are held at local colleges and universities giving students an opportunity to view university life.

Program Participation:

Students are eligible to participate in EIRC programs based on identification standards determined by their individual school districts.

Student Recognition:

Students receive awards and recognition for exceptional gifted and talented performance in all of the programs.

Gifted and Talented Identification:

Identification of gifted and talented students should be an individual school district decision based on utilizing multi-criteria including but not limited to: academic grades, recommendations, portfolios and performance, case studies, teacher observations and checklists, as well as standardized testing norms.  Possible standardized testing sources may include: LinkIt!, CogAT, Iowa Test of Basic Skills, STAR assessment, SAGES, and/or MAP.

Gifted and Talented Students Month Recognition:

EIRC recognizes teachers of gifted and talented students with their “Take The Lead” Challenge.  Teachers are recognized for their efforts in promoting gifted education during March’s Gifted and Talented Students’ Month.  For more information on this recognition, check out their Challenge.

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For more information:

Peg Boyd, Education Specialist – (856)582-7000 ext. 194,
Susan Bosnjak, Administrative Assistant – (856) 582-7000 ext.135,

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