Top 5 Areas of Effective Gifted Advocacy
Quite often at this time of year, adults who are concerned about their gifted, talented, and creative students find themselves in a position of needing to advocate for these students. While we generally know that good advocates are positive, persistent, collaborative, and informed, it might be helpful to assess your efforts thus far in several key areas for ensuring that our students get and continue to receive the programs they need.
Start by evaluating yourself, using these 5 questions in key areas of advocacy, to determine whether you have been the best advocate you could be for your gifted student.
- Have you written letters/emails to legislators and decision–makers on behalf of gifted and talented children?
- Have you expressed appreciation through either publicity, verbal communications, or written communications for your local gifted and talented program?
- Have you expressed appreciation to your local school board, site administrator, or teacher for your local gifted program?
- Have you made a financial contribution to organized advocacy efforts through joining local and state organizations, donating resources to local programs, or donating to scholarships for gifted children who do not have the financial resources to experience supplemental programs that would enhance their abilities?
- Have your volunteered your time, talents, and skills on behalf of gifted children through local programs, organizations, mentoring, or other avenues?
If you have done all these things on a regular basis, then you are an outstanding advocate. If you have done a few of these things, and perhaps have become lax in your efforts, which sometimes happens when children get older or their needs are met, consider adding to your efforts. Continuing advocacy is incredibly important, especially for those students who do not have an advocate, as well as for keeping the conversation relevant and focused so that services are not lost.
Remember, if not you, who? Share any particularly effective advocacy strategies that you have found to be helpful with the rest of us so that we can all expand our toolkit.
All the best,