Greenville ISD offers a plethora of special programs including dyslexia, gifted & talented, bilingual and ESL.What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge. (Lyon, G.R., Shaywitz, S. E., Shaywitz, B.A. (2003) Annals of Dyslexia, 53, 1-14.)Students can be tested for dyslexia services at anytime throughout the school year. Every campus has a dyslexia program that is individualized, intensive and multisensory. Instruction is provided by a teacher trained in dyslexia strategies. To view the dyslexia handbook, click here.Contact Information:Davia Madariaga, Director of Advanced Academics, 903.217.3490Gifted & TalentedGifted and Talented is designed for identified students, k-5th grade, in a pull-out program. The overarching focus changes annually with the emphasis being STEM components within a humanities umbrella. Secondary students identified are served in various ways, determined by campus. Identification criteria can be found in the gifted and talented handbook.Contact Information:Davia Madariaga, Director of Advanced Academics, 903.217.3490Parent Involvement/ Resources for Students and ParentsTEA Site for Gifted Education:https://tea.texas.gov/Academics/Special_Student_Populations/Gifted_and_Talented_Education/Gifted_Talented_Education/Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented:National Association for Gifted Children:SENG- Supporting Emotional Needs of the GiftedHoagies Gifted Education Page:Mensa for Kids:Enrichment OpportunitiesDuke TIP Talent Search ( Grades 4-6):UT Dallas:SMU Summer Youth ProgramNuMinds Enrichment:Bricks Blocks and Beakers Summer Camps and Classes:DFW Child Camp ListingsCommunity PlayhousesBilingual & ESLThe Bilingual Program helps English Language Learners (ELL) to master the state curriculum; and teach English to all participating students. The Bilingual Program provides access to the state curriculum; teaches English to ELL students using appropriate methods; helps build knowledge and learning of academic subjects in the first language and English; and instills self-assurance, confidence and cultural pride in students.To view the bilingual handbook, click here.
The ESL Program provides instruction using second language methods in English. The program also addresses the history and cultural heritage associated with both the students' home language and the United States. Identified ELLs will receive intensive instruction to develop proficiency in the comprehension, speaking, reading, and composition of the English language. The instruction in academic content areas shall be structured to ensure that the students master the required essential knowledge and skills and higher order thinking skills. To view the ESL handbook, click here.For the TEA Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) framework manual,click here.Contact Information:Lauren Payne, LPAC/ESL,903.408.4475