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How will advocacy look after COVID19; more options, fewer options? Options in gifted education may be different in the short term as opposed to long term depending on a school district’s financial health and whether virtual learning options continue. In schools which embraced virtual learning, many GT kids may opt to continue learning from home because of greater opportunities for enrichment, ability to learn at their own pace, and reduced anxiety from potential bullying. In schools which lack technical infrastructure or student access to the Internet, all students may be required to return to school full time. Further budget restraints could be used as an excuse to eliminate gifted programs.
Many parents recognize the signs for potential giftedness very early in their child’s life. Parents should begin educating themselves as soon as possible; learn about all available opportunities for their child’s education. Many schools begin testing/screening for GT students at about second grade (year two). However, parents may want to seek an independent assessment earlier; especially if their child’s school offers services before that time. It’s important to advocate for educational interventions early as the benefits of an individualized education can have many benefits for a GT kid both intellectually and for their mental health.
What assessments are necessary to be considered for entrance to a school gifted program? Virtually every school’s requirements are different due to a lack of a national policy. Some states mandate gifted education and do have basic guidelines, but this seems to be the exception rather than the rule. Universal testing in many places occurs in 2nd or 3rd grade. With appropriate advocacy, schools may accept outside testing provided by the parent; others will not.
There are numerous benefits to starting or belonging to a parent support group – strength in numbers, connecting with other parents of gifted kids, a way to provide enrichment opportunities to GT kids beyond the school doors. Parents can learn about local and state gifted education mandates, available gifted programs, and extracurricular academic opportunities within the local school district. Many local gifted parent support groups are part of state-wide groups supported by state gifted organizations. This allows them to bring in speakers, access quality webinars, and receive conference opportunities.
What strategies can parents use to nurture self-advocacy in their GT kids? Self-advocacy begins with self-understanding. Parents are the best resource for GT kids to learn about being gifted … ‘better at, not better than’. Parents are the ultimate role-model for their GT child. By being knowledgeable advocates who can work with all stakeholders in a professional manner goes a long way in nurturing a child’s ability to advocate for themselves. It’s important for parents to model respect for teachers, school administrators, and other educational professionals. This will greatly improve their children’s advocacy skills and chances for success.
How can teachers help parents advocate for their GT child? The best way for teachers to help parents advocate for their GT child is to learn about gifted education through PD opportunities. This helps dispel myths and offer strategies to best advocate for their students. Teachers can also be respectful toward parents; even when situations may be stressful. Emotional intensities may run high even in the best of times. Calm, patient interactions can benefit all stakeholders.
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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: email@example.com
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Fearless Advocacy: A day in the Life of a Gifted Child’s Parent | Dr. Gail Post
Gifted Advocacy is an Education | Dr. Gail Post
Your Child is Gifted! Now What? | Dr. Gail Post
How to Get Your Child Tested for Giftedness | Davidson Gifted
Tips for Parents: Individual Assessment of Gifted Children | Davidson Gifted
Advocating for your Gifted Child: Advice from NAGC President Jonathan Plucker | CTY Johns Hopkins
Advocating for Your Gifted Child | IEA Gifted
Advocating for Exceptionally Gifted Young People A Guidebook (pdf – updated 2018)
Individual Instruction Plan Menu for the Gifted Child (pdf) | Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary
Advocate for Your Child | NAGC
State of the States in Gifted Education (2020) | NAGC
Student Advocating Tools | Elevated Giftedness
Social-emotional Needs of Gifted, Why their Needs are Different | Elevated Giftedness
TIP Sheet: Advocating for Gifted Services (pdf) | NAGC
Advocacy Resources | TAGT
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