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Let’s Talk Advocacy

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GT advocacy is a long and winding road. For parents, it feels like it begins shortly after the birth of their child and continues to the point where their child takes over and self-advocates. It is the realization that it is a requisite for all those responsible for the education and care of a child who is identified as GT.

This week, our guest at #gtchat was Heather Vaughn. She is the K-12 Educational Outreach Coordinator at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas in Austin. Heather has been recognized by the National Association for Gifted Children and the Texas Association for Gifted and Talented for her contributions in creating and championing services for gifted students as well as serving on the #gtchat Advisory Board. She holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and Gifted and Talented from the University of Mississippi, and an Ed.S. in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia.

Educators advocating for the needs of GT students should take the time to seek out professional development involving gifted education. A knowledgeable advocate will always be a good advocate. Parents advocating for the needs of their GT child can be a best advocate by listening to their child and using their concerns to direct any and all advocacy efforts. Advocacy will be for naught if the child isn’t a full partner in the process.

“Knowledge is power. Sharing your GT experiences with administrators, district staff and elected officials gives current and future decisions a face, a personal story. Share through social media, letters, emails, phone calls and in face to face meetings.” ~ Heather Vaughn

Self-advocacy goes hand in hand with maturity and understanding of one’s own desire to grow and learn. GT students gain self-confidence when allowed to speak on their own behalf; an authentic outcome of self-awareness. It brings with it respect and that encourages a well measured response to the student’s needs by those adults tasked with providing gifted interventions for & necessary challenge to the student.

Students should be encouraged to become active participants in their communities and to investigate issues of personal interest facing their community. One possibility is to identify a cause and start an advocacy campaign. Starting an advocacy campaign requires the support of the student’s teacher and parents. Educators provide students with the time and resources to study potential causes and support the development of an action plan centering on finding and implementing solutions. Parents can serve as role models by taking an active role in civic duties and encouraging their children to become involved as well.

On identifying a cause and starting an advocacy campaign: “Ask students to write out their action plan. Guide them through primary and secondary research to learn more about the problem and see who they need to contact to instigate change. Encourage partnerships with community leaders and groups. Encourage students to look at communities around them (classroom, school, club, neighborhood) and brainstorm in groups. What are some problems? What are potential solutions? Guide respectful discussion to select the most plausible solution.” ~ Speak Up! Speak Out

Check out the links below to find resources that aid gifted students in taking action and find a transcript of this chat at Wakelet.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Thursdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Fridays at Noon NZST/10 AM AEST/1 AM UK  to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Wakelet. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news and information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About the authorLisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime  advocate for gifted children and also blogs at  Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at: gtchatmod@gmail.com

Resources:

Effective Advocates (pdf)

Advocating for Gifted Programs in Your Local Schools

Administrator Toolbox

Fearless Advocacy: A Day in the Life of a Gifted Child’s Parent

TEMPO: Advocating for Appropriate Education for Your Child

Advocating for Exceptionally Gifted Young People A Guidebook (pdf – updated 2018)

Tips for Parents: Advocacy – Working with Your Child’s School

Individual Instruction Plan Menu for the Gifted Child

Communicating Effectively with Your Gifted Child’s School

7 Ways to Advocate for Your Gifted Child

Are You an Advocate for the Gifted?

How to Make a Civics Education Stick

From the Community: Meeting of the Minds

Teenagers Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo Wrote a Textbook to Help Students Develop Racial Literacy

Digital Civics Toolkit

Houston’s Student Congress Launches New Civic Fellowship

Fort River Sixth-Graders Engage Local Officials in Civics

Teaching Channel:  Preparing Youth for Civics & Politics in the Digital Age – Creating Digital Stories (Video 10:04)

Elevating AP for Gifted Learners (pdf)

Action Civics (pdf)

Legacy Book Awards 2018 Nominee: The Power of Self-Advocacy for Gifted Learners Teaching the 4 Essential Steps to Success (Free Spirit Publishing)

The Power of Self-Advocacy for Gifted Learners

Nurturing Self-Advocacy

Gifted Advocacy: What’s the Point?

Communicating with the Community

Understanding the Media

Speak Up! Speak Out!

Cybraryman’s Gifted Advocacy Page

Sprite’s Site: Advocacy – Just Ask Sprite and Co.

Sprite’s Site: Asking for Help – A Guest Expert Panel Q&A Session

Hoagies’ Blog Hop October 2014: Advocacy

65 Ways Students Can Share Student Voice

Graphic courtesy of Heather Vaughn.

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Books, Blogs & Documentaries for GT Parents & Teachers

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There are many ways to find online for resources regarding gifted children, parenting, and the education of GT students. Google Alerts can be set to learn about the latest news in gifted children, gifted education and gifted & talented. Of course, you can check out @gtchatmod Twitter lists! Also, state and national gifted organization websites have great resources. Don’t rely solely on your own state’s sites; check around (TX, CA, OH, MN, CT).

Organizations for the gifted have resources for parents and teachers of GT students. On Twitter, a few include @NAGCGIFTED, @SENG_Gifted, @GiftedHF, @PPUK_,  and @wcgtc; as well as @IEAgifted @SIGifted @belinblank @CECTAG and @Hoagies Gifted.  Mainstream education websites also provide resources for gifted and talented; such as, @edutopia @ASCD, and @iste.

You can check out our transcript at Wakelet to see favorite books, blogs and documentaries of chat participants. We’ve included links below to additional sites.

Disclaimer: Inclusion in the links below is for informational purposes only and does not imply a recommendation by Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Thursdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Fridays at Noon NZST/10 AM AEST/1 AM UK  to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Wakelet. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news and information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About the authorLisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime  advocate for gifted children and also blogs at  Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at: gtchatmod@gmail.com

Links:

Publishers:

Publishers Specializing in the Gifted

Prufrock Press

Great Potential Press

GHF Press

Free Spirit Publishing

Royal Fireworks Press

Tumblehome Learning

AUS: Hawker Brownlow Education

Teachers College Press Columbia University

Information & Publications at NAGC

Books:

Books on Gifted Topics

TAGT Legacy Book Awards

Boost: 12 Effective Ways to Lift Up Our Twice-Exceptional Children (Perspectives) (Volume 11) (Amazon) January 2018

How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up (Amazon) May 2018

The Gifted Kids Workbook: Mindfulness Skills to Help Children Reduce Stress, Balance Emotions, and Build Confidence (Amazon) Release Date: August 2018

The Power of Self-Advocacy for Gifted Learners: Teaching the Four Essential Steps to Success (Grades 5–12) (Amazon) October 2017

UK: Redefining More Able Education: Key Issues for Schools (Amazon) April 2018

Doing Poorly on Purpose: Strategies to Reverse Underachievement and Respect Student Dignity (Amazon) January 2018

UK: Providing for the Special Needs of Students with Gifts and Talents (Amazon Kindle Edition) November 2017

Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties (Amazon) February 2018

The Cheetah Stories: Understanding the Challenges of Being Gifted

Trilogy: The School for Gifted Potentials (Amazon)

Bust Your Buts: Tips for Teens Who Procrastinate (Amazon)

If This is a Gift, Can I Send it Back?: Surviving in the Land of the Gifted and Twice Exceptional (Amazon)

Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope with Explosive Feelings (2nd ed.) (Amazon)

Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties (Amazon)

Welcome to the Ark (Amazon)

Surviving the Applewhites (Amazon)

A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children (Amazon)

Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner (Amazon)

Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope (Amazon)

The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids: For Ages 10 and Under (Amazon)

Bright, Talented, & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners (Amazon)

Multicultural Gifted Education, 2nd ed. (Amazon)

Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism (Amazon)

Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary Executive Skills Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential (Amazon)

Off the Charts: Asynchrony and the Gifted Child (Amazon)

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future (Amazon)

Exceptionally Gifted Children (Amazon)

Mellow Out, They Say If I Only Could: Intensities and Sensitivities of the Young and Bright (Amazon)

Gifted Children: Myths And Realities (Amazon)

The Mislabeled Child: Looking Beyond Behavior to Find the True Sources and Solutions for Children’s Learning Challenges (Amazon)

When the Labels Don’t Fit: A New Approach to Raising a Challenging Child (Amazon)

Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them (Amazon)

Kindling the Spark: Recognizing and Developing Musical Talent (Amazon)

Dumbing Down America: The War on Our Nation’s Brightest Young Minds (And What We Can Do to Fight Back) (Amazon)

Iowa Acceleration Scale Manual 3rd Edition (Amazon)

Parents’ Guide to IQ Testing and Gifted Education: All You Need to Know to Make the Right Decisions for Your Child (Amazon)

Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds (Amazon)

Curriculum Compacting: A Guide to Differentiating Curriculum and Instruction through Enrichment and Acceleration (Amazon)

Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom: Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use (Amazon)

Education of the Gifted and Talented (6th Edition) (Amazon)

Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program Set of 7, 2nd ed. (Prufrock)

Leonardo da Vinci (Amazon)

Blogs:

Blog: Gifts for Learning

Blog: Sprite’s Site

Blog: laughing@chaos

Blog: Gifted Challenges

Blog: The Deep End

Blog: Ramblings of a Gifted Teacher

Blog: Yellow Readis

Blog: My Twice Baked Potato

Blog: Institute for Educational Advancement Blog

Blog: Your Rainforest Mind

Blog: Crushing Tall Poppies

Blog: The Fringy Bit

Podcasts:

Mind Matters Podcasts

Podcast: Episode 8: A Guide to Self-Advocacy

Podcast: Episode 9: The Over-Under on Achievement

TILT Parenting Podcasts

Documentaries:

BBC Documentary: Generation Gifted

Documentary: 2e – Twice Exceptional

Documentary: RISE The Extraordinary Journey of the Exceptionally and Profoundly Gifted (Promo YouTube 7:19)

The Misdiagnosis of Gifted Children (YouTube 14:21)

Documentary: The G Word (in production)

Documentary: Breaking the Bee

Organizations:

Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented

National Society for the Gifted and Talented

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Belin-Blank Center

New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education

Chicago Gifted Community Center

Acceleration Institute

UNSW: GERRIC (AUS)

Other:

Google DOC: Blogs, Vlogs and Podcasts For The Gifted Community

AUS: Gifted and Talented Education Kit for Teachers (GERRIC) Free

Cybraryman’s Gifted and Talented Page

Hoagies Gifted

Byrdseed

Ginger Lewman: LifePractice Learning

Signal Fire Coaching

Image courtesy of Pixabay CC0 Public Domain

Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad

Gifted Education on a Budget

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In the current state of educational funding, gifted programs are often the first to be cut or at least curtailed. With that in mind, this week’s chat considered ways to continue programs using creative sources of funding. It was reasoned that if schools were providing funds for other programs such as special education and sports, gifted education should be supported as well.

In the U.S., gifted education does not benefit from a national policy that includes funding but must rely on state governments to mandate and or fund programs for gifted students. Few states both mandate and fund programs while others designate unfunded mandates placing funding decisions on local school districts.

Chat participants were asked if  gifted students should  have to pay for extra activities such as academic competitions, field trips, etc. It was believed that when activities are substituted – designated – for gifted programming; ie, using Odyssey of the Mind as their gifted program (a regular in-school class); gifted students absolutely should not have to pay for these activities. When activities provided to all students in a school by an outside organization such as the PTA funding field trips, gifted students should not be required to pay for these activities.

The role of gifted organizations in influencing state budgets was then discussed. Their role is often caught in a ‘catch 22’ situation. States that fund gifted education have stronger state gifted organizations which in turn can have greater influence over state budgets. Most state organizations serve as advocates for funding. Larger organizations may have paid liaisons who work with state officials to secure funding.

What programming strategies are most cost-effective in gifted education? By far, acceleration leads in providing appropriate challenge and enrichment for the least cost to school districts. Early in and  early out strategies which are types of acceleration are extremely cost-efficient.

Technology use can certainly help gifted education budgets, but tech cannot replace gifted programming as the sole source of education for gifted students. Even with gifted students, good tech is enhanced with qualified facilitators.  Technology can fill both a personnel need and provide cost-effective measures in rural school districts that may not be able to afford highly-qualified educators for smaller populations of gifted students. Moreover, it can help gifted students to connect and collaborate with intellectual-peers in far-ranging geographical locations.

There are economic benefits to schools if they address the needs of gifted students. It was pointed out to the moderator years ago by a school board member that the less time a student spends in school (K-12) the more the district saves in educating that individual. Empowering students to achieve academic and personal goals will reap economic benefits to the local community when they become productive contributors and taxpayers to the local region. A transcript of this chat may be found at Storify.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Thursdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Fridays at 2 PM NZST/Noon AEST/1 AM UK  to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news and information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About the authorLisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime  advocate for gifted children and also blogs at  Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at: gtchatmod@gmail.com

Links:

Massachusetts’ State Gifted Board Member Speaks before Governor’s Budget Committee

Cluster Grouping of Gifted Students: How to Provide Full-Time Services on a Part-Time Budget

Possible Economic Benefits of Full-grade Acceleration https://goo.gl/Aad4y9

AUS: Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students through the Use of Subject Acceleration (pdf)

Gifted and Talented Education: A Review of Relevant Literature (pdf)

Committee for Education Funding: Analysis of Education Budget Fiscal Year 2018

NZ: Restored Funding and Hope for Gifted Education

Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program Funding Status

Kentucky Department of Education Gifted and Talented Coordinator Manual 2017 – 2018 (pdf)

TAGT: From a Nation Deceived to a Nation Empowered A Never-Ending Story (pdf – p. 6)

The Forgotten Rural Gifted Child

Rural Gifted Education and the Effect of Proximity (Abstract only)

What to Look for in a Good Gifted Program

Cybraryman’s Free or Inexpensive Supplies/Equipment for Your Classroom

Photo courtesy of Pixabay CC0 Public Domain

Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad.

Connecting the Gifted Community

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For the past 5 years, Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT has had the support of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. This has enabled #gtchat to grow and flourish not only on Twitter,  but to encompass an expanded web presence on Storify, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and a weekly post on the blog.

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With the Internet now an integral part of our lives, the choices to connect with like-minded people are ever-increasing. Many teachers have gravitated toward Twitter due to the expansive number of available educational chats (300+), ease of use, brevity of interactions, development of PLNs and the information about opportunities to connect offline at conferences and edCamps. A simple 30 minute daily commitment can provide a wealth of resources and contacts.

Connecting 2013 2016 Adv Board

A unique opportunity also exists for parents as participants in #gtchat as it is one of a very few Twitter chats that addresses the needs of both parents and teachers. Topics covered each week include a wide array of interests concerning the gifted community. Guests includes academics, psychologists, authors and leaders in the community. Twitter also provides a way for parents to connect both online and offline. Global #gtchat has arranged TweetUps at the international, national, and state level.

It was exciting to introduce our new #gtchat Advisory Board! You can connect with them on Twitter: Tracy Fisher @antraasa Ginger Lewman @GingerLewman Jeffrey Farley @FarleyJeffrey Jo Freitag @jofrei Heather Vaughn @msheathervaughn and Angie French @teachagiftedkid .

Connecting 2017 Adv Board

Thank you, also, to Mr. Jerry Blumengarten ( @cybraryman1) who was one of the original advisors of #gtchat from the beginning and a frequent contributor to #gtchat.

gtchat 03212017 Connecting Happy Birthday from Jerry

 

On a personal note: As I begin my 6th year as moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT, I look forward to facilitating the conversation for many more years to come. My contact information is listed below and I welcome your suggestions for topics, guests, and resources. A transcript of this chat can be found on our Storify page.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Tuesdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Wednesdays at 14.00 NZDT/12.00 AEDT/1.00 UK  to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered        by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime  advocate for gifted children and also blogs at  Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at: gtchatmod@gmail.com

Links:

Cybraryman’s Twitter Educational Hashtags Page

Digital Learning Day: Social Media PD Best Practices

7 Tips for Getting the Most out of Twitter Chats

#gtchat on Participate Learn

#gtchat at the TAGT Website

Links for Portland Parents of Talented and Gifted Children

Social Networking – Impacting the World of Gifted Education

Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT Blog: Starting a Gifted Parents’ Group 

Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) Website

Twitter for Teachers – A Practical Guide to Get Started Today

6 Things Teachers Must Try This Summer!

Cybraryman’s Social Media Page

WISGIFT List-Serv (Wisconsin Gifted for advocates, educators, parents, and other supporters of gifted education)

Plymouth Gifted

Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented

Plymouth Gifted – 2017 Summer Opportunities

WCGTC 22nd Biennial Conference Registration

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum: Local and Regional Support

Minnesota Dept. of Education: Gifted Education

Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Symposium

AUS: Gifted Families Support Group Inc.

Sprite’s Site: The Twitter Stream

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum: Gifted Cubed

AUS: GERRIC at UNSW

Photo courtesy of Pixabay      CC0 Public Domain

Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad.

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