NAGC Messages in the News

To support its advocacy agenda, NAGC has undertaken a proactive media effort to raise awareness of the critical need for pre-service and in-service teacher training in gifted and talented education, identifying and serving at-risk gifted children, and holding schools accountable for the performance of all their learners. NAGC has developed themes and messages to focus its media outreach.


  • When gifted students from disadvantaged backgrounds lose ground year after year, our nation is leaving students behind.
  • Gifted students don't just learn more, they learn differently and 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
  • Our nation's ability to compete tomorrow depends on how well schools challenge advanced students today.

Find additional themes, messages and resources to use in your outreach to the media

Learn about writing your own Letter to the Editor

Advocacy through the media offers many opportunities and involves numerous volunteers.  In addition to NAGC officers and the executive director who speak for NAGC, we work with state leaders who are interested in adding their voices in support and also calling attention to the needs in their states through opinion pieces in the media.

Read some of our Letters to the Editor and Op-Ed pieces


Dont Let Arizona's Gifted Children Fall Through Cracks (November 12, 2015)
Op-Ed by Donna Campbell, president of the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented and NAGC executive director M. René Islas
Arizona Republic and

Hold on - Javits Works (October 6, 2015)
Column by NAGC Executive Director M. René Islas

Let's help Wisconsin's Highest Achieving Students Reach Their Potential (February 10, 2015)
Op-Ed by Deb Kucek, president of the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted and NAGC president Tracy L. Cross
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, WI

Response submitted to TIME Magazine (February 9, 2015)
Letter in response to a column by Matthew Mugo Fields, "Gifted and Talented Programs Dumb Down Our Students"

Putting Talent on the Legislative Agenda (posted December 26, 2014)
Op-Ed by Sally Walker, executive director of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children and Tracy L. Cross, NAGC president
The State Journal-Register, IL

Response submitted to PARADE Magazine (November 7, 2014)
Letter in response to a column by Marilyn Vos Savant, "Do Gifted Children Need Special Support?"

The Value of Gifted Education (October 14, 2014)
Letter to the Editor by NAGC executive director Nancy Green in response to a column by Jay Mathews critical of gifted education.
Washington Post

Recommit to Gifted Education (June 29, 2014)
Op-ed by Tracy Inman, president of the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education and Tracy Cross, president of NAGC.
Lexington-Herald Leader, KY (

Our State and Nation Must Stop Neglecting Our Most Talented Students  (June 2, 2014)
Op-ed by Amy Waine, president of the Alabama Association for Gifted Children and Tracy L. Cross, NAGC president
Birmingham News (

No Gifted Child Left Behind (March 17, 2014)
Op-ed by Helaine Zinaman, executive director of the Maryland Educators of Gifted Students and  NAGC executive director Nancy Green.
Baltimore Sun

Acknowledging the Needs of Gifted Students (March 15, 2014)
Letter to the Editor by NAGC executive director Nancy Green in response to article about Maryland middle school that supports gifted as well as struggling students.
Baltimore Sun

U.S. Students Need Better Programs to Compete (January 19, 2014)
Op-ed by Tracy Cross, president, NAGC
Virginia PILOT, Hampton Roads, VA

A Celebration of Educating Gifted, Talented Children (August 8, 2013)
Op-ed by Julia Roberts, Western Kentucky University and NAGC executive director, Nancy Green
Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY

Ending the Neglect of Illinois' Gifted Students (June 27. 2013)
Op-ed by Sally Walker, executive director, Illinois Assoc. for the Gifted and NAGC executive director, Nancy Green
The State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL

Setting the Record Straight on Ability Grouping (May 20, 2013)
Op-ed by NAGC president Paula Olszewski-Kubilius
Education Week Teacher

We Mustn't Neglect Gifted Students (April 25, 2013)
Op-ed by Leah Meulemans, president of Tennessee Assoc. for the Gifted and Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, NAGC president
The Tennessean, Nashville, TN

Stop Short-Changing Our Most Gifted Children (May 3, 2012)
Op-ed by NAGC president Paula Olszewski-Kubilius
The Hill