E.A.G.L.E.S. stands for Enriched Accelerated Guided Learning for Exceptional Students and is the name of Trinity’s gifted and talented education program. E.A.G.L.E.S. focuses on the neurodiversity of the individual students by encompassing the needs of the whole child through social-emotional lessons along with enriched, accelerated, and guided learning. The program is designed for those children who exhibit precocious development of mental capacity and learning potential as determined by competent professional evaluation.
E.A.G.L.E.S. is a pull-out program provided to gifted students to support educational growth and stimulation outside of the regular classroom setting, in addition to, the utilization of enrichment opportunities within the classroom.
Each grade level is a cohort. Each cohort will meet in small groups for approximately an hour and a half each week. Each cohort will complete independent projects focusing on solving real-world problems and exploring their interests.
Students will complete most of their work when they are participating in E.A.G.L.E.S. They may have some tasks to complete at home, such as collecting data. This will not interfere with their regular schoolwork or cause any additional strain on the student.
Research has consistently shown that identified gifted individuals possess a relatively well-defined set of three interlocking clusters of traits: above average ability, task commitment, and creativity. The goal of the gifted program is to provide a learning environment committed to fostering and developing those gifted characteristics, with a concentration in task commitment. Task commitment involves developing and displaying perseverance, endurance, hard work, dedicated practice, as well as self-confidence, and applying those skills as life-long traits. Technology is one resource that students will have access to in the classroom. As such, students are expected to use technology appropriately and abide by the Acceptable Use Policy.
Students are challenged to apply their knowledge and skills in complex and advanced ways so they can continue to develop academically.
E.A.G.L.E.S. goals are:
- Provide a challenging learning experience beyond the regular classroom
- Develop and promote high level, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
- Develop creative expression
- Provide opportunities to develop self-awareness, autonomy, and self-direction
- Provide opportunities for sharing and exchanging ideas in a supportive environment
Student goals are:
- Acquire the knowledge and skills to communicate effectively within and beyond the classroom
- Acquire the knowledge and skills to creatively evaluate, redefine, and generate divergent solutions and products
- Acquire the knowledge and skills to recognize and solve problems
- Acquire the knowledge and skills to gather, analyze, and apply information and ideas
- Apply knowledge of disciplines to produce work that reflects individuality and creativity and is advanced in relation to other students of similar age and experience
Identified gifted students will be provided learning experiences in the following performance skills to progress toward achievement of the overall goals:
- Critical Thinking
- Problem Solving
The E.A.G.L.E.S. curriculum is based on the standards and goals from the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida’s Frameworks for K-12 Gifted Learners, and NAGC Gifted Programming Standards. Project-Based Learning (PBL) is an important component of the curriculum. Students will complete projects and activities by exploring a variety of topics related to the investigation, innovation, and change. Students will be exposed to deeper lessons in science, social studies, math, engineering, computer science, English, literature, independent study, and social-emotional skills.
Students will have to opportunity to complete instant challenges on a regular basis. The instant challenges are STEM-based activities that require creativity and critical thinking in order to solve a problem or complete a task.
E.A.G.L.E.S. students participate in Math Olympiad and Odyssey of the Minds activities in conjunction with the regular curriculum. Math Olympiad takes place during the months of November through March. Each month, students have thirty minutes to answer five math problems. The top-scoring student earns a trophy and possibly other prizes if they score in the upper 50% of all students competing worldwide. Each class period begins with an Odyssey of the Minds activity to spark creativity and a way to ‘think outside the box’.
The photo gallery has pictures of our EAGLES soaring high!
- April 28th- Last day of EAGLES for this school year
- Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)
- Hoagies Gifted Education Page
- Gifted Development Center
- Florida Gifted Network
- National Association for Gifted Children
- Florida Association for the Gifted (FLAG)
- Summer Institute for the Gifted
- Davidson Institute
- Duke TIPS
- Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
- Manchester GATE Resources