We started this chat by asking the question, “Who should advocate for gifted children?” and the list seemed limitless. Among those mentioned included parents, grandparents, educators, higher-ed faculty, superintendents, politicians, and policy-makers to name a few. As Corin Goodwin, Executive Director of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, pointed out, “The thing is, advocating for a population isn’t just an education issue. It’s a humanity issue. Part of being civilized.” And Toby Brown added, “Like most things, we should model advocacy for all those who need support.” Experienced advocates already have a network which includes decision makers at the local, state level & beyond.
Global #gtchat then explored why people should advocate for gifted students beyond their/our own children’s school years? Many great responses were given. “Experienced advocates already have a network which includes decision makers at the local, state level & beyond.” “Lifelong advocates provide continuity in local gifted groups and state organizations.” A full transcript may be found here.
Special thanks for the many links added during chat by @Les Links (Leslie Graves), @cybraryman1 (Jerry Blumengarten) and @GiftedHF (Corin Goodwin).
Gifted Advocacy from Hoagies Gifted Education Page
How To Become an Educational Advocate from Hoagies Gifted Education Page
International Gifted Advocacy Organisations and Best Practice from Giftedkidsie
Gifted and Talented Advocacy Sites from Cybraryman
Educational Advocacy for Gifted Students from Davidson Gifted
Needed: Parent Advocacy from Duke TIP
Parent Advocates: Creating Opportunities for Gifted Students from Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University