Supporting Gifted Education with Letters to the Editor
Letters to the editor offer the opportunity to raise gifted education-related issues after-the-fact. To be accepted, letters need a connection to something reported in the paper or to something happening locally. For example, extensive newspaper coverage about the state education budget that does not include mention of gifted education programs offers the chance to write about the need for gifted education funding. Stories about Advanced Placement classes open the door to letters about the need for a more complete range of gifted education programming. Keep in mind that administrators, school board members, and legislators all read their local newspapers; many elected officials read the major newspapers across the state. This may be your chance to share your opinions with them right in their own home in a non-threatening, thoughtful way.
Personalize your letter
Personalized letters have the best chance of being published and also have the greatest impact. The message in your letter is more meaningful to the reader when he can see how you, your district, and/or your state is affected by the issue. For instance, you can include state or local statistics to reinforce your point, talk about your own experiences with your child's school, or mention an ongoing discussion in your state that is relevant. NAGC provides a template, or sample letter to the editor. We urge you to modify the sample to make it your own.
Suggestions for Submissions
- Letters to the editor should be addressed to the Letters-to-the-Editor editor of the newspaper. Submission information is often included in the fine print in the Letters section of your newspaper; most newspapers now accept submissions online.
- Advocates should write to their local newspapers. Don’t forget the weekly papers in your area.
- If you are an officer of your local parent or gifted education association, be sure to include that information with your signature and address.
- State gifted education association officers could "pen" a letter to the major newspapers in the state. Tailor the letter to state legislative action and submit a letter to the newspaper in the state capital.
- Submit your letters just before an event or immediately following a news story.
Below you will find samples of published Letters to the Editor that may be helpful.
San Francisco Chronicle, Robin Schader
The Examiner, Columbia MO, Sue Winter