Effective Advocacy

Effective advocacy is more than being passionate about gifted education. An effective advocate knows how to convey the message that needs to be heard and knows how to frame information in a manner that drives the point without alienating those who influence the decision-making process.

The following links will provide helpful guidance for gifted education advocacy and public education policy:

  • Effective Advocates is a collection of articles by Dr. Julia Link Roberts and Tracie Ford Inman and provides tips on how to plan for advocacy and how to craft your message and communicate effectively.
  • A Checklist for Advocating with Public Policy Makers includes useful tips and reminders about what you should and should not do when advocating for gifted education.
  • Supporting Gifted Education Through Advocacy outlines the importance of effective nurturing of giftedness in children and adolescents through a cooperative partnership between home and school, one that is characterized by mutual respect and an ongoing sharing of ideas and observations about the children involved.
  • Advocating for Appropriate Education for Your Child is one of the most informative and detailed guides for parents of gifted children when dealing with teachers and administrators in the public schools. It provides a very positive approach to being a good advocate for your child so that you can create a win-win situation.
  • Starting and Sustaining a Parent Group to Support Gifted Children is a publication of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and provides an excellent guide for parents interested in working cooperatively to support gifted education in a local community through the formation of a parent group.
  • Why Establish Parent Support Groups for the Gifted? provides a rationale for the formation of a parent support group, using direct quotes for Texas law and education code.
  • What Makes a Parent Group Successful? provides detailed elements of a successful parent group and includes activities that will benefit parents and the school community.

Texas Education Agency

Governor: Rick Perry
Commissioner of Education: Michael L. Williams
State Department of Education – Gifted and Talented: Monica Brewer

State Definition of Gifted: “‘[G]ifted and talented student’ means a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who:

  1. exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative or artistic area;
  2. possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
  3. excels in a specific academic field.”

(Texas Education Code Ann. § 29.121)

The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students (Texas Education Agency, updated September 2009) English | Spanish

The Texas Education Code on Gifted Education
§29.121 – §29.123 and §42.156

The Texas Performance Standards Project

ESTUDIOS, A J.K. Javits Grant Program

Frequently Asked Questions on the State Plan