The effort to collect, summarize, and publish a history of advocacy and progress of gifted education in Wisconsin continues. In October I had the great pleasure of having lunch with Ellie Schatz, Welda Simousek, and Virginia Pickerell. Schatz and Simousek were the first two consultants for Gifted & Talented in Wisconsin; Pickerell is an author and presenter of strategies and approaches for teaching gifted children.
Our conversation during that lunch confirmed my belief -- the success of educational programming (or lack of it) shapes the experiences of the families served; it has a profound impact on students and families.
At the 2023 Annual WATG Conference (our 50th anniversary!) we will share all of the official historical documentation of our organization, and then the Wisconsin State Historical Society will safely archive the records, conference materials, board member lists, meeting minutes, and financial records. Currently all of this information is being organized for donation.
The anecdotal stories of families impacted by gifted education programs and advocates for gifted education have the potential to be the most powerful addition to the narrative. There are stories of gifted education pioneers and their efforts to encourage and enable their school districts to properly educate gifted children. They blazed trails for others to follow.
We would love to hear from you! Here are the links so you can share your stories:
We are eager to hear all of your stories; your stories are part of our history!
Ruth Robinson, WATG President 2003-04