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Becoming a Lifelong Advocate

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).

Links:

Story of “Coppell Gifted Association”

Why We Should Advocate for Gifted and Talented Students

Gifted Advocacy from Hoagies Gifted Education Page

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

How To Become an Educational Advocate from Hoagies Gifted Education Page

Using Public Relations Strategies to Advocate for Gifted Programming in Your School

Lifelong Advocacy: If Not You, Then Who?

Academic Advocacy for Gifted Children: A Complete Parent’s Guide (book)

International Gifted Advocacy Organisations and Best Practice from Giftedkidsie

Gifted and Talented Advocacy Sites from Cybraryman

“Gifted Advocacy: What Not to Do”

Professionals’ Guild to Gifted and 2e Children

Advocacy and 21st Century Globalness

Self-Advocacy for Gifted Teens

Educational Advocacy for Gifted Students from Davidson Gifted

Profoundly and Exceptionally Gifted Youth: Advocacy

Needed: Parent Advocacy from Duke TIP

Parent Advocates: Creating Opportunities for Gifted Students from Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University 

Education Policy Primer for Homeschooling Families

How to Advocate for an Appropriate Education for Your Gifted Child

Livebinder from Leslie Graves on “Gifted Advocacy”

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