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  • 1. ADVOCATING for Gifted Learners: 10 Ways to Make Your Case Nancy Green Executive Director National Association for Gifted Children 1331 H Street, NW Suite 1001 Washington, DC 20005 [email_address] XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX Little Rock, AR


  • Warm Up Quiz: What Do We Know?
  • Why Should Others Care?
  • 10 Ways To Make Your Case
  • The Role of NAGC
      • Mobilizing and Educating Members
      • Advocacy Resources
  • Parent Resources

Our Time Together 3. Mission

  • The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is an organization of parents, teachers, educators, other professionals, and community leaders who unite to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences .

4. Vigilance Works

  • Tell your story using specific examples from your district
  • Use the voices of your kids
  • Plan ahead--identify your objectives and opportunities to achieve them
  • Build relationships and make connections
  • Explain the need/tout results
  • Hook to events, Gifted Education Month
  • Writer letters to the editor

5. Why Do We Care?

  • Talent Development programs help ALL students
  • Research shows that authentic learning, critical thinking skills, enrichment interventions really work
  • No law requires bright learners to be served
  • Economic climate creates scrutiny
  • One advocate/enemy can make all of the difference

6. Reasons for Public Relationsin Gifted Education:

  • topromotea better understanding of the nature and needs of high potential children and youth
  • togainpositive support for appropriate programs
  • tokeepall constituent groups informed on key issues
  • tobuilda knowledge base for advocacy

7. WHATs in Your Toolkit 8.

  • Be clear about your message and speak with one voice
  • Every Child Deserves to LearnSomething New Every Day

Tool Builder #1 9. WHATS THE CHALLENGE?

  • Our nations economic competitiveness depends on providing every child with an education that will enable them to compete in a global economy that is predicated on knowledge and innovation.
  • March, 2009
  • President Barack Obama

10. Key National Messages U.S. Competitiveness Invest in Excellence - An investment in services for high ability learners is an investment in America's future. The wakeup alarm sounded decades ago, but the U.S. has repeatedly hit the snooze button. Our nation's quest to remain first in the world" depends on developing America's greatest minds. 11. Key National Messages

  • Gifted Students Have Special Learning Needs
  • Gifted students don't just learn more, they learn differently.
  • Failing to provide appropriate instruction to high-ability students can hinder their development, just as treating an illness with the wrong medications can be harmful to patients.


  • Low-income does NOT equal Low Performance
  • When gifted students from disadvantaged backgrounds lose ground year after year, our nation is leaving students behind.
  • Nearly half of all lower-income students classified as high-ability in the first grade lose this designation by fifth grade and drop out of school twice as often as their higher-income peers.

Key National Messages 13.

  • Tell Your Storyauthentically
    • Tap into the passion of these kids
    • Celebrate Successes
    • Invite decision makers, legislators to events

Tool Builder #2 14. Tool Builder #3

  • Use Data to Make Your Case
    • Recent Studies can help
    • High Achieving Students in the Era of NCLB
  • The Achievement Trap: How America is Failing Millions of High-Achieving Students from Lower-Income Families

15. Whats happening to advanced learners now?

  • - fromHigh-Achieving Students in the Era of NCLB
  • While the nations lowest-achieving youngsters made rapid gains from 2000 to 2007, the performance of top students was languid.
  • Loveless, 2008

16. Fordham Study Results

  • Teachers, who are much more likely to indicate that struggling students, not advanced learners, are their top priority:
  • Asked about the needs of struggling learners, 60% of teachers say they are a top priority at their school. Asked similarly about academically advanced students, only 23% say they are a top priority
  • 78% of teachers say that getting under-achieving students to proficiency has become so important that the needs of advance students take a back seat

17. Whats happening to advanced learners now?

  • -fromThe Achievement Trap: How America is Failing Millions of High-Achieving Students from Lower-Income Families
  • More than one million K-12 children who qualify for full or reduced-price lunch rank in the top quartile academically.
  • In elementary and high school, lower-income students neither maintain their status as high achievers nor rise into the ranks of high achievers as frequently as higher-income students.
  • Wyner et al, 2007

18. The Data

  • 44% of children from low socio-economic backgrounds who are considered high achieving when they enter schoolare NO LONGER high achieving by 5 thgrade.


  • A biannual survey of the state gifted education policies, programs, funding and personnel.
  • The only national look at the state of gifted education.
  • Conducted jointly by NAGC andThe Council of State Directors of Program for the Gifted.

2008-2009State of the Nationin Gifted Education 20. 21. 22. Gifted Education Works

  • Gifted Child Quarterly
  • Terms and Definitions ( a glossary)
  • Gifted Education Works!
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Various Texts

23. Tool Builder #4

  • Collaborate with other Parents
  • Get Organized,Make a Plan,
  • Implement it,
  • Measure Success


  • Decide on a clear goal.
  • Identify objectives and activities to reach your goal.
  • Select appropriate strategies and costs involved.
  • Establish a reasonable timeline with dates for initiation, completion, and person(s) responsible.
  • Develop evaluation criteria so you will know when you have achieved your goal.
  • Get others involved so that you increase your support and communications base.

Effective Parent Advocates: 25. Supporting and Sustaining Gifted Education: Advocacy Tools You Can Use 26. Tool Builder #5Write Letters to the Editor 27. Tool Builder #6

  • Find Partners and Build Relationships

28. NAGC's Approach Alliances Advocacy Awareness 29. Tool Builder #7Jump on trains that are moving: STEM 30. All gifted and talented students in the U.S. are identified early and well supported to maximize their academic potential. Awareness Advocacy Alliances There are Gifted and Talented Students in All Student Populations Gifted Students Dont Just Make It on Their OwnGifted and Talented Students Need Specialized Educational Services Policies Promoting Equity in Identification and Services Accountability Systems Must Measure Advanced Achievement Policies Should Accommodate Accelerated Learning Advocate for Federal, State and Local Funding Research Should Translate to Improved Instructional Practices Build Coalitions with General Education Organizations Use Interest in STEM as Vehicle for Support National Strategy for High Potential Students 31.

  • Ask the Strategic questions:
  • How can we remind legislators and other key decision makers of the value of gifted education?
  • How do we celebrate academic success?
  • How do we link the accomplishments of our students to the wider community?
  • How do we measure results?

Tool Builder #8 32. Tool Builder #9

  • Build bridges, dont burn them!

33. Tool Builder #10

  • Stay informed, stay involved, keep learning

34. NAGCS Advocacy Toolkit

  • Know Your Information- Check this out for fast facts about gifted and talented and why we need to advocate for students and programs!
  • Know Your Audience- Look here for information about who works on what issues and how to contact them.
  • Effective Advocacy- Read expert advice on effective communication and maximizing your impact.
  • Support Groups- Advocating as part of a group gives you strength. Here are some suggestions on forming and finding support groups.
  • Local Advocacy- Some of the most important decisions happ