Program for Advanced Learners

Since the 2008-2009 school year, the Program for Advanced Learners (PAL) has been serving the needs of academically gifted students at Evergreen. It is overseen by the PAL Advisory Committee of the Board of Directors and PAL Coordinator Cameron Brantley. The program is staffed by PAL Teacher Fynn Crooks.

PAL goes above and beyond the traditional academically gifted program model in which students are pulled out of their regular classrooms for a specified period each week or placed in academically gifted classes from one year to the next. Additionally, PAL provides teachers, students, and families with the resources, rationale, and support to serve the special academic needs of students who are especially motivated, intelligent, and high performing. These services are provided in the regular classroom through differentiation, through student/adult partnerships with the PAL coordinator, another teacher, or a community member. The goal is to match PAL to individual students rather than the students to PAL.

Parent Connections

The PAL Coordinator will also conduct informational meetings for parents about PAL as well as topics specific to gifted and talented education (characteristics and types of giftedness, social and emotional considerations, at-home strategies).

For more information on Evergreen’s PAL program, contact PAL Teacher Fynn Crooks fynn.crooks@evergreenccs.orgor PAL Coordinator Cameron Brantley cameron.brantley@evergreenccs.org by email or by phone at 298-2173.

Please look at the PAL handbook for more information.