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Gifted and Talented Development

Gifted and talented children are those students with outstanding abilities and capable of higher performance when compared to others of similar age, experience and environment. They have significantly different educational needs from their peers and require educational differentiation as a regular part of their school day to ensure they reach their full potential. District 196 uses multiple criteria to help identify gifted and talented children. For more information, see policy 610 under Board Policy.

Gifted and Talented coordinators work to:

  • Communicate with GT students, their parents, administrators and teachers about GT topics;
  • Advocate for GT students to meet their academic, organizational and emotional needs;
  • Form relationships with GT students and encourage participation in appropriate opportunities;
  • Promote rigorous curriculum that exceeds the national, state and district standards; support content area teachers in offering differentiated curriculum;
  • Coordinate a variety of enrichments, academic clubs and competitions, and 
  • Provide a smooth transition between elementary and middle school GT programming.

You can also visit the district GT webpage here.


Mary Spychalla,
Gifted and Talented Services Coordinator



Mary Spychalla
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Introduction to Gifted and Talented Services at VMSS

From Mrs. Spychalla