One of the keys to effective advocacy is having the confidence to make your case. You don't have to be an expert to be an effective advocate, but it is important to have some basic facts. The most successful advocates take the role of "teacher" by first informing their audience about who gifted and talented students are and then about the critical need for resources to help them. We have provided a variety of resources to help you learn the basics about gifted education.
Decisions about gifted children and gifted education are made primarily at the local and state levels because the federal government does not fund or require gifted education services. Familiarizing yourself with basic information about the national snapshot of support for gifted students provides a context for advocates. Read more.
Advocates need to know their state’s policies regarding gifted and talented education when talking with decision makers. Knowing which activities and services are required by the state and those that are left to the local school district to determine provides a strong starting point for advocacy at the state or local level. Doing some advance research on your school district’s policies and practices can be extremely helpful in talking with local officials.
Visit state-by-state statistics and policies.
There are several educational strategies that have been shown to be successful with advanced and gifted students. Learn more about what gifted education in the classroom looks like.
When talking about advanced students and gifted education, it is helpful if everyone understands common terms. Review frequently used terms in gifted education.
When advocating for gifted and talented programs and services, you are likely to run into many misconceptions about gifted students. Investigate the truth behind the myths.
Too often children of color or from low-income backgrounds, children with disabilities, or those who with limited English proficiency are underrepresented in gifted education programs or do not attend schools where the services are available. Visit the increasing diversity in gifted education pages to learn the facts and what can be done to support these students.
Browse the current reports related to advanced students.