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
- A Checklist for Advocating with Public Policy Makers
Some useful tips and reminders about what you should and should not do when advocating for gifted education.
- Supporting Gifted Education Through Advocacy
This article 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. To accomplish this partnership, parents and educators must know something about giftedness, understand the children’s needs, and understand some basic principles of advocacy.
- Advocating for Appropriate Education for Your Child - update
This article 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.
Texas Education Agency
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:
- exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative or artistic area;
- possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
- excels in a specific academic field.”
(Texas Education Code Ann. § 29.121)
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