I have been honored to serve and to work on behalf of gifted children for more than 30 years. I consider this not merely a profession, but also a calling.
by Amber Aaron and Haden Aaron
Receiving the NAGC Javits-Frasier Scholarship helped confirm for me the importance of looking at a child’s strengths while taking his or her experience and environment into consideration. Attending the NAGC Convention opened my eyes to the great need for gifted advocates, and I met incredible leaders in the field. I learned that diversity in abilities and cultures can be rewarding and should be celebrated as my students demonstrated this year.
We are on the cusp of an exciting, meaningful victory. Please take the time to contact your elected officials this summer to support gifted education provisions in ESEA. The most important thing advocates can do is to contact your Representative and urge him or her to support gifted and talented students by asking the ESEA Conference Committee to accept the gifted education provisions from S.1177, the Senate version of ESEA, as they conduct their deliberations.
As a psychologist and author in this field for over 30 years, I know that parents are so important, but often feel puzzled and overwhelmed. The NAGC Parent Day, which is part of the NAGC 62nd Annual Convention & Exhibition, is a terrific opportunity for you to meet and hear national experts and learn about resources both locally and nationally.