Our MissionThe ECS gifted and talented program was developed to ensure that our students are challenged to achieve their highest potential, and that curriculum and learning opportunities are in line with their specific needs, interests, and abilities.
- District administration, teachers, families, and the community share the responsibility to provide relevant and challenging opportunities to develop the individual potential of advanced learners.
- Gifted students have unique strengths and needs that must be addressed.
- Gifted ability exists and should be identified and served in students of all ages from all cultures, races, ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic groups.
- Every child deserves a rigorous and challenging curriculum with tiered programming and a continuum of services.
- Every child shares the responsibility for maximizing the learning opportunities provided.
The Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) defines "gifted" children as: Those persons between the ages of four and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Children under five years of age and who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services.
Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice-exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic and ethnic, cultural populations. Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness:
• General or specific intellectual ability
• Specific academic aptitude
• Creative or productive thinking
• Leadership abilities
• Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psycho-motor abilities
High-achieving versus Gifted
In the primary years, it is not uncommon for a student to demonstrate above grade-level performance in areas such as reading or math. A child may enter school as an early reader or can learn math facts rapidly and demonstrate accurate computation skills. However, over time, the student may not continue to exhibit above grade-level capabilities.
Generally, a high achieving student is one who works hard to succeed; is attentive in class; learns with ease; memorizes facts; correctly answers questions; and earns good grades.
In comparison, a student who might be considered gifted in a particular area is performing at an outstanding level of accomplishment compared to grade level peers; generates complex, abstract ideas; comprehends complex ideas; infers and connects concepts; is self-directed in learning; can answer content-related questions but also ask complex questions.
No two gifted children are alike. The ECS identification team ensures that gifted determinations are made according to the unique traits and characteristics of each child in the identification process.
Do you need more information about ECS Gifted?
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ECS Gifted Education Handbook