Top Ten Advocacy Strategies
- Read as much as you can about gifted education so that you know your information. Research ways of educating gifted children.
- Study laws, policies and procedures. Every state and school district can differ in the services and accommodations that that they provide to gifted children. Go to your state’s department of education website to find information. Contact your local school district’s gifted coordinator to help decipher information.
- Speak to your child’s teacher if you have concerns. Teachers are often willing to accommodate your child’s needs. Remember both of you want what is best for your child!
- Document everything so that you have a paper trail.
- Contact the Media. Decision makers read the local press to stay informed of what is important to voters. Letters to the editor can get the attention of decision makers and bring attention to the needs of gifted students.
- Join Advocacy groups. Many voices are stronger than one. Parents need to join local, state, and national gifted education associations and urge others to do so as well. They provide a network of resources and support. In these groups you can also talk to other parents to see what has or hasn’t worked for them.
- Keep up to date with the latest research and resources.
- Don’t depend only on schools. There are summer programs, museums, concerts, etc. that your child can attend. Learning doesn’t just happen at school.
- Talk to your child! What happens in the classroom? What would they like to see changed?
- Visit gifted programs in action!
National Association for Gifted Children
North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented
Rockingham County PAGE
Additional suggested readings on Advocacy from the Davidson Institute:
Tips for Parents: Advocacy - Working with Your Child’s School
Advocacy for Gifted Students
Educational Advocacy for Gifted Students: Tips for Parents
How to Advocate for Your Child
Preparing for and Holding an Effective School Meeting
Supporting Gifted Education through Advocacy
Communicating Effectively with Your Gifted Child’s School