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Gifted and Talented Program for DeSoto ISD
E.A.G.L.E. (Exceptional Academically Gifted Learning Experiences)
Mission - The mission of the Texas State Board of Education is “to ensure that all Texas children have access to a quality education that enables them to achieve their potential and fully participate now and in the future in the social, economic and educational opportunities of our state and nation.”
Philosophy - In order to best meet the needs of the gifted and talented students, DeSoto ISD provides opportunities to maximize student potential and nurture student talent.
Texas Definition of Gifted and Talented - A child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who:
- exhibits high-performance capability in intellectual, creative, or artistic area
- possesses an unusual capacity for leadership;
- excels in a specific academic field.
DeSoto’s gifted and talented program (E.A.G.L.E.) addresses student intellectual ability and specific subject matter aptitude. Leadership and creative potential are integrated throughout the program.
Teacher Requirements - Each teacher of a talented and gifted class is required by TEA to complete thirty hours of advanced training in gifted education and attend additional in-service annually. In addition to the required thirty hours, DeSoto ISD teachers whose primary teaching assignment is in gifted education are required by the district to earn a state gifted and talented endorsement.
Parents as Partners - Parents play an essential role in their child’s education. Parent and teacher interaction facilitates climate for emotional well-being, academic growth, and success in school.
Parents are encouraged to be involved in their child’s educational programs and GT program which promotes critical thinking, creative thinking, active research, and activities that allow students to create, design, and develop individual products that reflect their interest and choice.
DeSoto ISD E.A.G.L.E. Elementary Program - Gifted and Talented Specialists work with students at each elementary campus for an extended period each week enhancing learning with:
- Integrated Units of Study
- Service-Based Projects
- Independent Study Projects
- Parent and Community Involvement
- iPAD Initiatives
- Web-Based Research
- Interactive Lessons
- Field Experiences
- GT Summer Camp
Common Characteristics of Gifted Students
- Advanced vocabulary
- Excellent self-expression
- Learns quickly; recalls facts easily
- Keen and alert observer
- Easily bored with routine
- Often self-assertive
- Stubborn in beliefs
- Unique problem-solving skills
Program Candidates and Nomination Process
- Nomination by parent, teacher, student, community member
- Screening (approximately 5-7 hours of testing)
- Selection based on quantitative and qualitative measures
- Students new to DeSoto ISD in grades 1-5 are tested in September
- Kindergarten students are tested in January/February
- Returning students in grades 1-5 are tested in April/May
- A selection committee decides placement/non placement
- Achievement/ability scores are valid for two years
Goals of the Gifted Program - To provide a differentiated curriculum for gifted and talented students that includes critical and creative thinking, active research, and product development, and to enhance leadership abilities by facilitating the understanding of self and others
DeSoto ISD takes pride in meeting the needs of all students using SEM (Schoolwide Enrichment Model) , “A DeSoto ISD Enrichment Initiative to Develop the Whole Child”
DeSoto ISD educators look forward to working with you and your child. For questions about our GT program please contact the campus Gifted/Talented Specialist or the school counselor.
Who to Contact:
Cockrell Hill Elementary, (972)230-1692
Frank D. Moates Elementary, (972)230-2881
Kimberly Walker, Counselor
Elizabeth Flach, Gifted/Talented Specialist
Northside Elementary, (972)224-6709
Ruby Young Elementary, (972)223-6505
The Meadows Elementary, (972)224-0960
Woodridge Elementary, (972)223-3808
Brittany Torres, Counselor
Cecelia Hurley, Gifted/Talented Specialist