Trinity ISD Gifted and Talented Program
We believe that every student has the right to optimal development. Each person is unique; therefore, we are committed to an educational program that recognizes the special value and needs of the individual student. Providing programs and materials for gifted students who perform at or show the potential for performing at a remarkable high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment (§29.121) is an integral part of this commitment.
We believe that gifted students need a continuum of learning experiences that leads to the development of advanced level products and/or performances (§89.3 TAC). Modifications in instructional strategies, content, and the development of skills and/or products are part of the services provided. The program helps develop self-actualized learners by encouraging effective communication, guiding learners to be focused and self-directed, nurturing intrapersonal and interpersonal skills, and focusing on independent research study skills, as well as developing critical and creative thinking and problem solving skills.
The purpose of the program is to seek, identify, and provide gifted learners with experiences that develop that potential of each individual. Identified gifted students should be challenged in order to fully develop their abilities.
Gifted and Talented Handbook and Forms*: *Please note that the English forms (Nomination, Referral 1-2, and Referral 3-11) are included in the G&T handbook download and there are individual downloads for the Spanish versions below. Los formularios en español están disponibles a continuación.
Overview of English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Grades K-12
ESL services are offered at all Trinity ISD campuses. Teachers certified and trained in ESL methods and accommodations provide ESL services for students. This program is available to students that have a native language other than English. Students receive instructional support through ESL classes and sheltered English instruction. Students also exit the program once they demonstrate English proficiency and meet the exit criteria.
ESL Handbook 2021-2022 and ELPS Interactive Language Objectives
The ESL Program Parent Brochure provided by TEA is available to download as a PDF in English and Spanish. To download a copy of this resource, please click on the language you choose below.
Becoming a competent reader and writer is an essential foundation for education and for life. Building this foundation and establishing the assurance that all students will be reading on or above grade level is a priority for Trinity ISD.
Children learn to read, write, and spell in different ways. A balanced reading program should meet the needs of most students. Students who do not learn to read, write, and spell in spite of a broad, balanced reading program are offered a variety of alternative strategies and support. If these instructional strategies and additional support are not successful, the school may consider evaluation in the area of dyslexia or other related disorders. Students who show signs of dyslexia may need intervention to be successful in school.
The guidelines and procedures adopted have been designed to correlate to the identification and instruction of students with dyslexia and related disorders adopted by the State Board of Education, mandated by the state of Texas, and presented in The Dyslexia Handbook: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders. This document is intended to provide districts with guidelines for developing written procedures and has been a consistent resource in the development of the TISD’s dyslexia intervention.
TISD is committed to supporting all students to ensure educational success. Dyslexia support services are provided at all grade levels.
ACCESSIBLE BOOKS FOR QUALIFYING STUDENTS WITH VISUAL, PHYSICAL, OR READING DIFFICULTIES
Accessible Books for Texas is a Benetech project funded by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) that provides on-the-ground training and support to Texas public K-12 educators, parents, and students on accessible instructional materials (AIM). Bookshare is Benetech's accessible online library which has over 500,000 titles available to individuals with print disabilities. Through an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Bookshare offers free memberships to U.S. schools and qualifying U.S. students. Visit the Bookshare website for more information at: https://www.bookshare.org/cms
Learning Ally has 80,000 + human-narrated audio books available to individuals with print disabilities. The materials can be delivered through internet downloads and accessed using various mainstream and assistive technology devices. Through a contract with TEA, Learning Ally offers free memberships to Texas K-12 public and charter schools with qualifying students. Visit the Learning Ally website for more information: https://learningally.org
SB 2075 requires school districts to notify parents of the Talking Book Program. The Talking Book Program (TBP) provides free library services to qualifying Texans with visual, physical, or reading disabilities. TBP is part of the National Library Service to the Blind and Print Disabled, a program administered by the Library of Congress. The TBP collection consists of more than 100,000 titles, including hundreds of titles in Spanish, and some in French, German, Russian, and other languages. https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/index.html
Our handbooks are coming soon!
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights law that protects students with disabilities from discrimination and requires that school districts provide reasonable accommodations to those who qualify.
Accommodations are provided in the general education classroom environment because students with Section 504 plans must always be served in the Least-Restrictive Environment (LRE).
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has generally held that if a child’s needs cannot be met in general education with accommodations, the student should be referred for evaluation to determine special education eligibility.
Section 504 defines a person with a disability as any person who:
Section 504 referrals are initiated through the campus 504 coordinator, (typically the counselor) at your child’s campus. The complete list of Trinity ISD campus coordinators can be found below:
Susan Green, LES
Sabrina Knight, TMS
Toni Thomas, THS
Please contact your campus 504 coordinator with any questions you may have regarding evaluation, accommodations or other supports. If you have additional concerns, feel free to reach out to our district-level coordinator.
District 504 Coordinator
936-594-3569 x 1021
Trinity ISD Notice of Parent & Student Rights
College Board Exams - Accommodations for Testing
Great Schools Article – Parent’s Guide to 504
US Department of Education – Office of Civil Rights: FAQs about 504
Texas Project First – Resources for Parents
TEKS Resource System
TEKS Resource System - Parent Resources