Leadership & Advocacy Conference

Advocacy Resources

During the 2019 NAGC Legislative and Advocacy Conference, attendees prepared to advocate with their Senators and Representatives on the Hill.  Materials shared with attendees to prepare them for their Hill visits and continuing advocacy are available to you below.

Importance of Policy Change
Mary Ruth Coleman, Ph.D., University of North Carolina

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

Americans Agree: Public Attitudes Towards Gifted Education – March 2019
Institute for Educational Advancement Poll

More Advocacy Resources including parent and student focused advocacy

Gifted Education Background and Research

Strategies to Increase Equity – What We Know From Research
Del Siegle, Ph.D., Director of the National Center for Research on Gifted Education, University of Connecticut

Draft Legislative Examples:

See Me! – Equitable Identification
Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D., Gifted Ed & Diversity Consultant, Creating Positive Futures and Erinn Fears Floyd, Ph.D., Director of Professional Learning, NAGC

Teach Me! – Accountability:  What Gets Measured Gets Done
Chandra Williams, Ed.D, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Student Achievement Solutions

Challenge Me! – Supporting our Students Through Acceleration
Laurie Croft, Ph.D., Associate Director, Belin-Blank Center, University of Iowa

Understand Me! - Importance of Professional Learning
Machel Mills, M.Ed., Director, Professional Learning Systems, Teachers and Leaders Division, Tennessee Department of Education and Nancy E. Williams, Ed.S., NBCT, Gifted Education Specialist, Tennessee Department of Education

See More Research-Based Gifted Education Strategies

Bringing it All Together

An Example from Iowa (Educators, Students, Parents, & Academics Toward a Shared Goal) 
Moderator: Mary Ruth Coleman, Ph.D., University of North Carolina. Panel: Maureen Marron, Ph.D. Executive Director, Iowa Talented and Gifted Association, Susan Wouters, President, Iowa Talented and Gifted Association

Presentation Documents:

Advocacy Goals – Federal
Sandra Johnson, Chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee, NAGC

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