Gifted & Talented

Bridges in Mathematics  

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On Wednesday, November 9, 2016 the Elementary Teaching and Learning Specialists presented to the GT PAO on our new K-5 math resource. View the GT PAO Bridges Presentation.


A great diversity exists among learners, necessitating different expectations for each. Therefore, the educational community has a responsibility to identify and develop the talents of those children who are gifted and talented in the areas of general intellectual ability, specific academic ability, creativity, artistic ability and leadership. Through Elmbrook's Gifted and Talented Program, qualitatively different experiences and opportunities are developed for such students. The primary objective is to develop the unique talents of each student.


Several beliefs form the basis of Elmbrook's Gifted and Talented Program:

  • The needs of the Gifted and Talented student are primarily met through differentiation by the classroom teacher in collaboration with support staff.
  • Early recognition of student needs is essential.
  • Identification of student capabilities is ongoing and continuous.
  • Multiple criteria are used to identify student needs.
  • Communication between the parent and classroom teacher regarding the child's learning needs is essential.
  • To help support this mission, Elmbrook is a member of PAGE . PAGE is a consortium of parents, teachers and educators from CESA #1 districts working together to improve gifted education. PAGE annually provides speakers, organizes an opportunity fair (Cool Stuff for Kids), provides fun learning opportunities and donates books on gifted issues to area libraries.

Gifted & Talented Identification Process UPDATE August 20, 2014

The School District of Elmbrook approved a new policy and practice for GT identification July 2014. The new policy and practice were created by the GT Steering Committee based on recommendations from the audit by Dr.Peters and with input from stakeholders. The new policy and practice can be viewed here.

Identification is an ongoing and continuous process to develop awareness of student capabilities and needs. All students are considered for identification at all grade levels, and all students are considered for identification in any one or more of the five categories of giftedness recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Those areas are:

  • Intellectual
  • Specific academic
  • Visual/Performing Arts
  • Creativity
  • Leadership

Several factors may trigger the formal identification process such as standardized test performance and parent or teacher nomination. Depending on a child's grade level and area of giftedness, standardized tests will be administered. In all cases, a student must meet multiple criteria to be identified as gifted. For more details, please see the identification flow chart and/ or the district policy and practice statement on identification.

Gifted & Talented District Contacts

Gifted & Talented Coordinator Contacts