Legislative Action Network

The Legislative Action Network (LAN) is our platform to share best practices and exchange ideas, as we work to support a national (federal, state, local) framework to support all gifted and talented children.

NAGC's goal is to grow the list of active advocates who will directly call for improved policy and programs to support gifted children as they reach for their personal best.

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Advocacy Resources

2019 Leadership & Advocacy Conference

Conference Background Materials Supplementary Pre-Conference Speaker Material

Federal Advocacy 101 Getting Started and Opening the First Door.

Advocating for Talented Youth: Lessons Learned from the National Study of Local and State Advocacy in Gifted Education by Dr. Ann Robinson and Dr. Sidney Moon. 

Barney Frank: Here’s how to not waste your time pressuring lawmakers. One perspective from a former Democratic Congressman that served in the House of Representatives from 1981 – 2013.

List of Members of Congress (House & Senate) who sit on the Congressional committees that either write most education laws or make the initial decisions on how much money gifted education receives. 

Sample Meeting Request Language.

Senate Federal Fiscal Year 2020 Dear Colleague letter requesting funding for Javits.  Federal Fiscal Year 2020 starts on October 1, 2019. 

How Can So Many Students be Invisible?   Large Percentages of American Students Perform Above Grade Level.

Session: Importance of Policy Change:

Session: See Me! – Equitable Identification:

Session: Teach Me! – Accountability: What Gets Measured Gets Done:

Session: Challenge Me! – Supporting our Students Through Acceleration:      

Session: Bringing it all together – An Example from Iowa (Educators, Students, Parents, & Academics Toward a Shared Goal)

2019 Conference Materials
Importance of Policy Change
Mary Ruth Coleman, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
Presentation          Handout


The Art and Science of Engagement – Mobilizing and Advocating
Mary Ruth Coleman, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
Presentation           Handout

Preparing for Hill Visits
Gerri Fiala, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, U.S. Department of Labor

Parent & Student Focused Advocacy Resources Legislative & Advocacy Committee Resoures

Gifted 101


Classroom Advocacy

Advocating for Gifted Services

How to Start a Parent Support Group - General

Starting a Sustaining a Parent Group (Pages 26 – 29 focus on advocacy)

Federal Advocacy 101: Getting Started and Opening the First Door

Advocating for Gifted Education in Iowa:  Tips from the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association

Tip Sheet: Building Effective Sustainable State Advocacy

Example of National Advocacy Wallet Card and State Advocacy Wallet Card

Messaging Strategy 101: Making the Connection