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8/2021 GT Grant Application

DPI grant applications for our 2021-22 state GT grant are still being processed. Of note, the 2021-23 Biennial Budget recently signed by Governor Evers doubled the funding for the GT grant from $237,200 to $474,400. This push to increase funds was spearheaded by WATG and it is certainly welcome news. Of note, a decision is still needed to determine how to use these additional funds in the most fair, defensible, and equitable manner. It is unclear at this time how this will ultimately be addressed, but there are internal DPI discussions being held at this time to make a final determination. Please stay tuned.

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.

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

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

Youth Student Writing Camps for students in grades 5-12 are being offered online by the Greater Madison Writing Project. There is an early bird discount if registering up before May 1, 2021. More information can be found at Youth Student Writing Camps.

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 approved programs at UW-Whitewater - see license program and at Concordia University - see license program



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