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Gifted and Talented Pupils




1/2021 Updated Targeted Screener List

An updated listing of targeted screeners for identification of gifted and/or talented students has been posted to this website. For more information, go to Identify Student Needs and use the link on that page for the Targeted Screener PDF document.

9/2020 Wisconsin Gifted and Talented Students Education Program grant

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction awarded grants in early September to 11 agencies to support the education of gifted/talented students throughout the state. The purpose of the Gifted and Talented Student Education Grant is to provide gifted and talented pupils those services and activities not ordinarily provided in a regular school program, so they are able to fully develop their capabilities.

The grantees will be providing systematic and continuous learning opportunities for K-12 students with gifts and talents in one or more of the gifted domains: general intellectual, specific academic, creativity, leadership, and the visual and performing arts.

Grantees for 2020-21 include all of the following:

CESA 1 - $25,000;  CESA 4 - $8,570;  CESA 5 - $20,422;  CESA 10 - $5,000;  CESA 11 - $32,000;  CESA 12 - $35,000;  Elmbrook Schools - $18,430;  Fox Point-Bayside Schools - $18,476;  GSAFE - $20,000;  Milwaukee Public Schools - $24,715;  University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - $29,587

Resources for Students, Educators, Caregivers & Families

Regardless of where learning is happening--in-person, physically distanced, or virtual--the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI) vision for student learning remains unchanged. We want all learners in Wisconsin to be engaging with the skills, knowledge, and habits that will support them in graduating from high school academically prepared and socially and emotionally competent. In an effort to promote meaningful learning experiences in the gifted domains of creativity and leadership, linked are the Creativity and Leadership infographics with ideas and questions for how to promote learning in those two areas.

Scholarship/Internship/Miscellaneous Information

WKU's online Idea Festival Bowling Green (IFBG): "This half-day of interactive talks and minds-on, hands-on activities will provide insider access to the places where ideas come alive and
will inspire the next generation of creators, thinkers, and innovators. IFBG is open to middle and high school groups, individual students, and the general public." The festival takes place online on February 17, 2021 and tickets are only $8 per person. More information can be found at IFBG.

Student Video Contest for middle and high school students from World of 7 Billion - see Video Contest.

The Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY) "offers an array of day and residential precollege academic summer programs for students finishing Grades 1-12. Our classes provide ongoing engagement and academic challenges in a broad spectrum of disciplines." More information about the programs being offered, registration procedures, and potential financial aid/scholarship opportunities can be found at WCATY

The William & Mary Center for Gifted Education is offering summer enrichment opportunities in a virtual format. More information about schedules, course offerings, and more can be found at Summer Enrichment Program

The Wisconsin Association for Talented & Gifted has a number of different scholarship opportunities. More information about each one can be found at WATG Scholarships

Davidson Fellows Scholarship - "The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to gifted and high-achieving students, 18 years old or under, who have completed a significant piece of work. Application categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Outside the Box." More information can be found at Davidson Fellows

Wisconsin's Javits Project

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) was awarded a $1.1 million, three-year Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2015. The purpose of these grants is to support innovative strategies that build and enhance the ability of elementary and secondary schools to meet the needs of high-ability/high-potential students. The major emphasis of the program is on students traditionally underrepresented in gifted and talented education, particularly economically disadvantaged, limited English proficient (LEP), and students with disabilities, to help reduce the serious gap in achievement among these groups at the highest levels of achievement. Wisconsin received two no-cost extensions to this grant and the project officially ended in 2020. A more detailed summary of the project can be found at Javits Project Summary.

Gifted and Talented Teacher and Coordinator Licenses

Wisconsin offers add-on Gifted and Talented Teacher and Coordinator licenses. To receive either license, you must already hold a valid Wisconsin teaching license in another subject area. There are three approved programs at this time.  One is jointly offered through UW-Stevens Point and UW-Whitewater - see license program.  The other is offered through Concordia University - see license program



For questions about this information, contact Mark Schwingle (608) 267-9273