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"If our children do not get the opportunity to learn all they are able
to learn, it is because not enough people insist on appropriate education for
them. As parents we must organize to become a respected and sizable force
which can make a difference." Gina Ginsberg Riggs, "A Call for
Parent Advocacy," Understanding Our Gifted, March/April 1996
reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in
trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the
unreasonable man. – George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903),
Gifted Education Quotes
becomes law, strengthens 504 & ADA
COPAA, September 25, 2008
- The ADAAA overturns a decade of jurisprudence that has barred the door to
ADA eligibility for many people with disabilities, including epilepsy,
diabetes, intellectual and developmental disabilities, muscular dystrophy,
and cancer, among many others. The reforms in the law will apply to both the
ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act... Read the full
ADAAA (ADAAA requires Adobe Reader)
Smart about Gifted Education: A Guidebook for Educators and Parents
by Dona J. Matthews and Joanne F. Foster
- Practical strategies for the education of exceptionally high ability (a.k.a.
gifted) children. After addressing all the questions, debates and
arguments about nature vs. nurture, elitism, testing, creativity, and more...
all that's left is to serve the child's educational needs!
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Care and Feeding of Gifted Parent Groups: A Guide for Gifted Coordinators,
Teachers, and Parent Advocates
by Wenda Sheard
- 12 quick steps to form an effective advocacy group... (requires Adobe Reader)
with myths about the social and emotional development of gifted students
by Tracy Cross
- As a wise person (Lao Tsu) once said, "Nothing is more difficult than
competing with a myth." Doing so, however, can create tremendous opportunities
for people. Myth 1. Gifted students should be with students their own age...
Institute Guidebooks ,
in Gifted Advocacy
- Davidson Institute offers free guidebooks for parents and other gifted
education advocates, to improve their advocacy efforts. Don't miss
these great resources! Currently available guidebooks include:
Colleague Letter: Access by Students with Disabilities to Accelerated
by Stephanie Monroe, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Civil
It has been reported that some schools and
school districts have refused to allow qualified students with disabilities
to participate in [accelerated programs such as AP and IB]. Similarly,
we are informed of schools and school districts that, as a condition of
participation in such programs, have required qualified students with
disabilities to give up the services that have been designed to meet their
individual needs. These practices are inconsistent with Federal law...
Myths From Realities: NRC/GT Research
Marcia Gentry and Karen Kettle
This quick summary dispels, with research citations, many of the major
myths about educating gifted children!
Empowering Gifted Minds: Educational Advocacy That Works
by Barbara Gilman
Empowering Gifted Minds discusses the many questions parents ask (or
should ask!) in the years after learning their child is gifted, offering
answers, ideas, and sometimes, more questions to ask. See my detailed review
on Amazon... or
and the Gifted Student
by Todd McIntyre
For a gifted student, harm occurs over time. Parents must understand that
their child can be in a 'pretty good, not that bad' gifted educational
situation which causes harm. Parents must come to recognize that harm can
occur. Harm may be the unintentional result of a well-intentioned system. To
prevent harm parents must participate...
Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds
by Jan and Bob
Davidson, with Laura Vanderkam
The Davidsons, creators of educational software and founders of a
nonprofit foundation that helps educate gifted children, offer an absorbing
look at how our nation is neglecting children of exceptional intelligence. The
Davidsons make a compelling case for re-approaching giftedness as a potential
disability (to give more attention to gifted kids) and an even stronger
argument for parents, teachers and citizens to consider the potential loss to
American society in the costliest imaginable terms. For excerpts and
review, visit Genius Denied
Gifted Education: Matching the Program to the Child
by Karen Rogers
THE book for parents and educators, for planning the educational program
for a gifted child. Everything you need to prepare, negotiate, and
execute the best possible educational option for each child. Read
From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide
by Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright
This book will teach you how to plan, prepare, organize and get quality
special education services. In this comprehensive, easy-to-read book, you
will learn your child's disability and educational needs, how to create a
simple method for organizing your child s file and devising a master plan
for your child's special education. You will understand parent-school
conflict, how to create paper trails and effective letter writing...
While not explicitly for twice exceptional kids, it is perfect for their
parents and advocates
Wrightslaw's Letter to a Stranger
Simple ideas for writing that difficult letter well. Great for more
than just educational advocacy...
The Special Education Survival Guide by Pam & Pete Wright. Although
written for special ed, it's just as useful for gifted and twice exceptional
students. Includes articles...
People Make: Advocates,
People Make - Parents,
People Make - Schools, and
People Make: Independent Evaluators, plus more...
Advocating for a Grade Skip: A Portfolio of
Research by Sandy Mixson
A parent's recipe for successful advocacy!
for Talented Youth by Ann Robinson and Sidney M. Moon
Reports of successful advocacy come from every corner of the country, and
parents are often key players in securing educational opportunities for their
20% of high school drop-outs gifted? by Laura Vanderkam in
The topic for today's post: the statistic that 20% of high school dropouts
are gifted. This stat gets used in a variety of formats... In other words,
what this survey reveals is that students identified as gifted (by a broad
definition) and other students drop out at the same rate
Art of Making a Good Decision by Deidre V. Lovecky
There have always been choices, no getting around it. The problem comes
when there are too many choices. Overwhelmed by the Options? The
Consequences of Making the Wrong Decision... A great article to read as we
face the tough decisions in Gifted Advocacy!
Assertiveness and Effective Parent Advocacy by Marie Sherrett
Innovative ideas that have worked for other parents...
An Advocate for Your Gifted Student: An Interview with Carol Morreale
Advocacy is influencing decision-makers. You can advocate for your child
on many levels... The best advocacy is when parents explain their child’s
needs, helping decision-makers to understand who their child is and how they
Best of Both Worlds by Carol Danz, California Association for the
Imagine being granted the opportunity to provide enrichment for your
gifted children at home one or two days a week, while they continue to
receive the benefits of their public school experience... (requires Adobe Reader)
Blame Game! Are School Problems the Kids' Fault? by Pamela Darr Wright,
They think Brian’s school problems are my fault... The school
psychologist said Shannon's learning problems were her fault, that she was
lazy and unmotivated and we had to pressure her to work harder...
When a child has trouble learning or behaving in school, the source of the
child's problem can usually be traced to one or more of five causes (though
written about special education, this applies equally well to gifted
Blending Gifted Education
and School Reform (ERIC Digest #525) by Gail E. Hanninen
A process for assuring that the unique needs of students who are gifted
are addressed within the context of systemic reform...
challenge of being gifted by Laura Vanderkam
Thousands of students have attended new public schools for the gifted that
have sprouted across the country during the past two decades. More than a
dozen states now fund residential high schools for the gifted...
Dealing with Schools reprinted from MonTAGe,
by Valorie J. King
Several great essays for gifted parents dealing with the schools,
including "Gifted? I See No Gifted Children Here!," "What's Really Going On
Here?," and "In the Principal's Office"
of Eligibility Because of Gifted Intellectual Ability and/or Lack of Failure
The U.S. Department of Education, in a written response to questions from
the Learning Disabilities Association of North Carolina, stated that "...each
child who is evaluated for a suspected learning disability must be measured
against his or her own expected performance, and not against some arbitrary
general standard." Even an intellectually gifted student may be
considered for eligibility for special education.
Do I Stay or
Do I Go? by Meredith Warshaw
It is important that we teach our children both lessons - that when things
get tough, we try to fix the situation, and that when the situation is
unsalvageable, we look for other alternatives and make the best choice we can.
Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Sometimes advocacy has to begin with getting answers to questions already
asked. In the United States, if your child has had testing, you are
entitled to copies of the full results, including IQ / standard scores,
percentiles, age and grade equivalent scores, and much more... but sometimes
you may need to cite this federal law to get them
Change in the System by Monique Prevost Lloyd
Steps to successful advocacy!
Getting Past No:
Negotiating Your Way from Confrontation to Cooperation by William
Getting To Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by William
Ury and Roger Fisher
Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate by Roger Fisher and Daniel
Authors from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Guides to successful negotiation shows readers how to stay cool under
pressure, stand up for themselves without provoking opposition, deal with
underhanded tactics, find mutually agreeable options, and more...
Education and Twitter: How Social Networking Can Propel Advocacy & Learning
by Deborah Mersino, author of
Ingeniousus blog, also
If you’re a proponent of gifted and talented (GT) education, a parent
interested in gifted issues, a teacher who believes in visionary methods, a
charter school enthusiast, education reformist, private gifted school
administrator, GT association board member and/or a university professor
offering a summer program for gifted students, please accept my warm
welcome! You are about to enter a post on the twitosphere...
For a list of Facebook and Twitter personas in gifted, read
Networking - Impacting the World of Gifted Education Davidson Institute
for Talent Development
Gifted Mandates, by
state or province... collected by Carolyn K.
Does your state or province mandate gifted education? Gifted IEPs? Who
can you contact for more local information...
to Become an Educational Advocate by Carolyn K.
There are two ways to do everything. The easy way, and the hard way.
Everyone who knows me, knows I can never do anything the easy way...
Got Skipped: The Book of Squid by Marjorie
The preparation, the meeting, the decision, and the "Book of Squid"... one
parent's successful advocacy story
Schools: One Person is a Fruitcake, 50 People are a Powerful Organization
A simple reminder...
with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004
Visit Wrightslaw for the law itself, commentary, guidance and more... (law
requires Adobe Reader)
and Zebra Stripes: Life with Gifted Children by Wendy Skinner
This book offers sage words for beginning parents and seasoned insights
for those more experienced, including teachers. Skinner's unvarnished
chronicle of life with 2 gifted children strikes just the right balance.
More importantly, this rewarding little book highlights the responsibility
of parents to reach out for information, stay aware of the bigger picture,
and not leave the development of gifted children to chance...
Know Your Legal Rights in
Gifted Education (ERIC Digest #541)
Gifted American school children have very limited protections under state
and federal laws...
to Ask Questions, Get Services by Laurie from New York
Tips for non-confrontational parents
Least Restrictive Environment Mandate: How Has It Been Defined by the Courts?
(ERIC Digest #629)
"To the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities. ...
should be educated with children who are not disabled, and ... special
classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children with disabilities
from the regular educational environment should occur only when the nature or
severity of the disability is such that education in regular classes with the
use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily..."
Least-Worst Educational Option
by Carolyn K.
As parents, we are faced with many choices regarding our children.
What's the best choice? Sometimes it's easy - one choice is clearly
"better" than another. But many times, the choice is not so obvious...
Association for Gifted Children Position Statements
...on Ability Grouping, Acceleration, Affective Needs, Teacher
Competencies, Cooperative Learning, Differentiation, Fine Arts Education, GLBT
Students, Graduate Programs, Inclusion, Concomitant Gifts and Learning
Disabilities, NAGC-NMSA Joint Position Statement, Mandates, Pre-service
Teacher Programs, and Tests...
National Excellence: A Case for
Developing America's Talent October 1993
U.S. Department of Education - Office of Educational Research and
Improvement study of the "quiet crisis" that continues in how we
educate top students
Advocates: Creating Opportunities for Gifted Students
CTD interviewed two parents... Tell us about your advocacy efforts.
What have you accomplished? How did you start your parent groups? How
have you advocated individually for your own children?
Unofficial Guide to Gifted IEPs and Gifted IEP Meetings by Todd McIntyre
and Wayne Mery
Although written for Pennsylvania's parents, this detailed essay contains
great advocacy information for parents everywhere. This guide will
help you, as a parent, understand your options and prepare you to make
informed decisions regarding the direction of that course. Don't miss
Todd's extra credit assignment on Present
Levels of Educational Performance (PLEPs)!
the Way for Achievement: How one family met their student's unique educational
needs by Karin Chapman
Realizing early on that their middle school had no courses for
above-average students and that their high school didn't offer advanced
placement courses, the Chapman family used creativity, persistence, and
problem-solving skills to meet their son John's academic needs in a small
Levels of Educational Performance (PLEPs) by Todd McIntyre
How do you determine a student's Present Levels of Educational Performance
(PLEP) prior to the Gifted meetings? How does that PLEP correlate to
the district's curriculum? What's the role of state standardized tests
in determining the student's PLEP? Though written for folks dealing
with Pennsylvania mandate, it has valuable information for all parents of
Report of the National Education Commission on Time and Learning,
Public Relations: A
Necessary Tool for Advocacy in Gifted Education (ERIC Digest #542) by
Frances A. Karnes and Joan D. Lewis
Without building the knowledge base for understanding the unique needs and
educational methods of gifted education, advocacy is likely to meet with
Should Inform Practice by E. Jean Gubbins
We [educators] should consult research studies, to ensure that purposeful
change is made
your gifted child: an interview with Karen Rogers on her book, "Re-forming
What steps do parents need to take in their advocacy efforts?
Educational plan? Subject levels? Resource room?
Reform and Gifted Education by Monique Prevost Lloyd
Many educational practices currently in vogue under the umbrella of school
reform work against gifted students...
Briefing Room at Whitehouse.gov
A number of educational test results, including TIMSS, trends in academic
progress, trends in drop-out rates, etc.
talks board into boosting gifted program by Evan Brandt,
Saying the district had ignored "the best and the brightest" in the high
school, Lindgren (the student), who praised the gifted program at Pottsgrove
Middle School, told the board, "We dare you to make us think."
Lindgren accomplished what the school teachers and administrators had not!
spill-over effect: an advocacy strategy by Sandra N. Kaplan, in
Gifted Child Today
The spill-over effect is intended to gather support for gifted education
by illustrating where and when it can provide meaningfully and successfully
for the education of students in other programs
Up for Your Gifted Child: How to Make the Most of Kids' Strengths at School
and at Home by Joan Franklin Smutny
If you think your gifted child isn't getting the education he or she
needs, this book is for you. It helps you recognize your child's gifts,
understand his or her problems at school, find out your district's policy on
gifted education, explore various options, communicate effectively with the
school and district, and provide enrichment at home
Education Through Advocacy (ERIC Digest #494) by Sandra L. Berger
Understanding the process and avoiding the pitfalls...
The Tea and Terrorist
Society - Parent Advocacy at the District Level by Monique Lloyd
Many parents feel powerless when dealing with their public schools; this
is especially true of parents with highly gifted children
Tips for Parents of Students by Monique Lloyd
TIMSS - Third International
Mathematics and Science Study
TIMSS data has been collected in 1995, 1999, and 2003, for the largest international
study of student achievement...
their words to support our advocacy efforts by Sandra N. Kaplan, in
Gifted Child Today
In today's political climate to understand that good campaigning is
redefining the common language of the times for your own political benefits.
We can build our advocacy efforts on the common language used by policymakers
in general education to the advantage of gifted education...
Public Relations Strategies to Advocate for Gifted Programming in Your
School by Kevin Besnoy, in
Gifted Child Today
All teachers who work with high-ability students must establish advocacy
and public relations strategies for their program. Articles have been
written detailing how to advocate at the district, state, and national
levels. However, gifted educators now need to advocate for gifted
programming at the local school level. They must be willing to reach out to
their colleagues within their school building through a systematic,
continuous program to gather support for gifted programming...
What Works! by Monique Lloyd
Innovative ideas that have worked for other parents...
March 04, 2015