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Talented and Gifted Programming

Welcome & Short History
Welcome to the Eau Claire Area Gifted Education web page. Our district has served the needs of its able learners for many years. Beginning in 1979, we began with pullout enrichment and have now evolved into providing identification and programming to support students at the next academic levels, including social and emotional supports with direct connections to district curriculum at academic ability levels of each high ability student.

We work with parents, students, teachers, administration and at the district level to provide consistent services across the district at all schools and for all gifted and talented students.

Definition of Gifted and Talented Student
According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Standard (t) for gifted education, the definition of a Gifted and Talented Student is: "students enrolled in public schools who give evidence of high performance capability in intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership, or specific academic areas and who need services or activities not ordinarily provided in a regular school program in order to fully develop such capabilities."

Gifted Education Policy Eau Claire Area School District - Adopted June 2011
The Eau Claire Area School District strives to offer each student learning experiences appropriate to his/her individual educational needs, interest, and capabilities. The ECASD shall provide a continuum of services to high achieving students including, but not limited to, those identified as gifted and talented and based on the guidelines set forth in the Wisconsin Guidelines for Gifted and Talented and shall include students who demonstrate high performance capability in intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership or specific academic areas.

Mission Statement: Gifted Education Department
The mission of the Gifted and Talented Education Department is to collaboratively provide resources and leadership for the instruction of gifted, talented, and high ability students.

Vision Statement:  Gifted Education Department
We work in partnership with staff and families to challenge minds, build relationships, and nurture individual growth to prepare gifted, talented, and high ability students for post-secondary success.


Laura Schlichting
Gifted Coordinator & EC Virtual School Principal

Becky Graf
Director of Academics

Additional Contacts:
Your School's Principal
Your School's Instructional Coach