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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 in the Eau Claire Area School District
The Eau Claire Area School District will work within its Equitable Multi-Level System of Supports (EMLSS) framework to provide students’ learning experiences appropriate to their individual educational needs, interest, and capabilities. The ECASD shall also provide a continuum of services to high achieving students including, but not limited to, those identified as gifted and talented based on the guidelines set forth in the Wisconsin Guidelines for Gifted and Talented.

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.


Heather Grant PK-5
Director of Elementary Programming

Tim Mulrain 6-12
Director of Secondary Programming

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