Welcome to BADGE, Bensalem Association Dedicated to Gifted Education.

We are a group of Parents, Teachers, and Educators working together as advocates for gifted students in Bensalem.  We are affiliated with PAGE, Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (an Affiliate Chapter of the National Association of Gifted).  

BADGE connects parents with each other, as well as with educators, administrators, and the School Board to:

  • Share our experiences and our knowledge

  • Discuss broad issues and help make the learning experience as rich and rewarding as possible

  • Provide information on legislation affecting gifted education so we can help to shape policy

  • Advocate for gifted students in Bensalem, both individually and as a group, as needed

We are committed to supporting our gifted students by assisting their parents/guardians in addressing their needs and partnering with our district to preserve the legacy of strong gifted education in our community.  

 Upcoming Meetings:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

All About ELA (English & Language Arts) for Gifted Learners

with special guests:  

Mr. Brian Cohen--- Director of Special Services & Shafer Special Education Supervisor

Ms. Kathryn Hinshaw-- K-12 English/Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction Supervisor

As we continue to strive in being the premier district for growing and developing students, Bensalem Township School District has adopted ELA programs that support this goal. Lucy Calkins’ reading and writing workshop are programs that are implemented in a way that provides modeling, guided practice, and independent practice. Most importantly, these programs allow for immense reading and writing opportunities that are individualized for the student. This model provides state-of-the-art tools and methods to help students move up the ladder of text complexity, build upon foundational reading skills, and utilize strategies that support reading comprehension, interpretation, analysis and synthesis. It also offers classroom structures to support inquiry and collaboration. These resources help teachers build and evolve anchor charts across each unit, and helps teachers use learning progressions to assess students’ reading and writing work, develop their use of self-monitoring strategies, and set students on trajectories of growth. I, along with the instructional coaches, look forward to sharing information and facilitating a discussion to help you more deeply understand the ELA resources and instructional model.

*If BTSD schools are closed due to inclement weather, the BADGE meeting will be cancelled.


Meeting will begin at 7pm, at Shafer Middle School Library, 

3333 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem PA 19020

Did You Know? - Parents may request their students to be evaluated for the gifted program in any grade, K-12. A student who does not qualify for the gifted program may be retested during another school year. Gifted students who chose NOT to participate in the middle grades gifted program MAY participate in the high school program.

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant, and has forgotten the gift."   --- Albert Einstein

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