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There is clear and mounting evidence that gifted education must address the serious challenges associated with the underidentification and underservicing of diverse populations of gifted students. For example, English learners (ELs)
are the fastest growing population of learners in the U.S., yet they are among the most underrepresented groups in gifted education. Each year, tens of thousands of talented young people are overlooked for gifted services simply because they learned a language other than English as a child. Their teachers focus on their limited English skills and fail to recognize the brilliant mind they possess. Project EAGLE addresses this issue by creating learning situations where students' math talent and potential can be recognized.

Project EAGLE goals:

  • to develop a dynamic approach to equitably identify gifted ELs in the familiar context of classroom math instruction;
  • to build classroom teachers, gifted specialists, and EL teachers’ capacity for fostering and spotting gifted talent; and
  • to increase the number of ELs nominated for gifted services.


  • Project EAGLE funded for $2.9 million
    Renzulli Center Director Del Siegle (PI), along with D. Betsy McCoach (Co-PI) and Susan Dulong Langley, has received a $2.9 million Javits grant to improve identification of English learners (ELs) for gifted services. ELs are among the most underidentified of underserved populations, while being the fastest growing population. The researchers note that static assessment measures […]
  • Project EAGLE Seeking Postdoctoral Fellow
    Project EAGLE (Eliciting Advanced Gifted Learning Evidence) at the University of Connecticut is seeking a qualitative researcher with math and gifted English learner experience for a Postdoctoral Fellow position. The person in this position will work on a study of math lessons designed to elicit gifted behaviors in elementary English learners through a dynamic identification […]
  • Project EAGLE Featured in UConn Today
    A team of Neag School of Education researchers is developing a new initiative designed to help educators overcome language barriers to identify gifted students among English learners. Project EAGLE (Eliciting Advanced Gifted Learning Evidence) is one of several gifted education grants at UConn, including the National Center for Research on Gifted Education (NCRGE), that address inequity […]

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Project EAGLE Contact Info

Phone: (860) 486-0616
Address: 2131 Hillside Road Unit 3007
Storrs, CT 06269-3007