The Williston School District recognizes all children have gifts; yet, all children do not fall into the category of gifted and talented.
Students considered for small group and/or individual enrichment opportunities do not need to be identified as 'gifted and talented' but generally demonstrate the traits listed below.
“Gifted behavior consists of behaviors that reflect an interaction among three basic clusters of human traits—above average ability, high levels of task commitment, and high levels of creativity. Individuals capable of developing gifted behavior are those possessing or capable of developing this composite set of traits and applying them to any potentially valuable area of human performance. Persons who manifest or are capable of developing an interaction among the three clusters require a variety of educational opportunities and services that are not ordinarily provided through regular instructional programs.”
Page 8, TheSchoolwide Enrichment Model, by Joseph Renzulli and Sally Reis. Creative Learning Press, 1997.
“Gifted and talented children” means children who are identified by professionally qualified persons who, when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment, exhibit capability of high performance in intellectual, creative, or artistic areas, possess an unusual capacity for leadership, or excel in specific academic fields.”