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Hoagies' Blog Hop October 2014: Advocacy

Gifted advocacy takes place in many places.  From schools to homeschool groups, from our houses of worship to the YMCA and JCC, from the grocery store to the family gatherings... we are Gifted Advocates everywhere, and at every age.  What does Gifted Advocacy mean to you?

Check out our new Blog Hop feature this month, the Next Blog button on each of our blogs.  Click the Next Blog button at the bottom of each blog to move on to the next blog without returning to this page.  It's a great way to Hop around the Blog Hop!  (Note: Diane Hale's School the Gifted blog is not currently "in the loop" so you'll have to visit separately.)

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops, May: The "G" Word, July: Summer Reading and August: Gifted friendships.  If you'd like to join our next Blog Hop, visit Gifted Blog Hops.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our Blog Hop graphics!

For more support for your advocacy efforts, visit Hoagies' Gifted Advocacy and read The Care and Feeding of Gifted Parent Groups: A Guide for Gifted Coordinators, Teachers, and Parent Advocates Recommended by Wenda Sheard, and Competing with myths about the social and emotional development of gifted students Recommended by Tracy Cross, plus lots more.
 

Advocacy... the story of my life by Carolyn K., in Hoagies' Nibbles and Bits
What have a I learned over the years? What can I tell folks to help them make their own advocacy better accepted? And why couldn't I have thought of these things years ago, when I was advocating for my kids? Can't turn back the clock, so I'll focus on the future...
 
One Is Enough by Braver than you believe
When I think of my gifted and 2e kids and others like them, I think of the way the world treats them. The age-based mindset of education that was started way back in colonial times has done its job. The country largely thinks that kids of a certain age should be capable of certain things. Even games have ages on them!

I know what it feels like to have your society believe something about you that isn't true. When your world seems to be out of sync with you...
 
Let Your Voice Be Heard--One Shriek At A Time by Paula Prober, Your Rainforest Mind
You may be shrieking because you've heard that you're over-reacting.
To injustice, climate change, politics and your neighbor's leaf blower.
And you sigh, Why isn't everyone over-reacting?

Let your voice be heard.
One shriek at at time.
It's a start...
 
Save the Gifted by A Voracious Mind
And yet I didn't advocate for my child properly when we first sought out and participated in the traditional schooling experience. I didn't adequately vocalize my children's unique needs because the word gifted is taboo and apparently, a turn off to many educators and admissions directors which therefore needs to be skirted around carefully so as not to hurt anyone's feelings or come off like a pushy parent. I didn't aggressively fight for my child's extraordinary learning needs because I was just too trusting that he would get his educational needs met within the school environment. I was a neophyte back then and my kid paid the price...
 
Advocacy by Homeschooling Hatters
Gifted advocacy is often a thankless job. Not because you expect a child to be grateful for your efforts, because seriously, if I'm expecting a six year old to thank me for things he never even sees me do, I'm more than a little loony. But because no matter how hard you fight, you never reach all the people you need to, and you often have to fight these fights over again...
 
7 Ways to Advocate for Your Gifted Child by Elgarmummy
7. Spread Awareness
I had not specifically stated my son is gifted, because he had not been tested. Some peers of mine are also uneasy with this, because it makes them feel bad that their children are not achieving the same things as my son could do, and some think that I am bragging. Life is too short to be affected by what others say...
 
The Comfortable Closets We Live In by Suki Wessling in Avant Parenting
Sometimes advocating for something you believe in can mean stepping out of a very comfortable closet that you've spent much of your life in. In my case, I was so comfortable, I didn't even notice that I'd locked myself in the closet till I had children.

My particular closet is the one that we hide in when we're afraid of pointing out our own differences from the norm. It's a very, very comfortable closet, but usually a solitary one...
 
Speak Up by Aurora Remember
Speaking up for yourself sets a good example for others.
Our culture seems to have a fear of direct communication. We are afraid that if we are assertive, we will appear aggressive. This may be partly because when someone is passively quiet for a long time and things start to nag at them, by the time they actually speak up, it comes out aggressively. Then they give up because they were not received well in their communication. I have always been rather outspoken and even a bit blunt at times. I do, however, always keep in mind that everybody's perspective has value and other people sense that from me...
 
Are You an Advocate for Gifted? by Mrs. Warde, Sceleratus Classical Academy
These past few weeks I finally realized that small, necessary changes could be accomplished by lots of ordinary parents of gifted kids, if we just changed our attitudes a little bit.

• We need to stop apologizing for our gifted child's achievements, or for mentioning our child's achievements .
• We need to stop following up every mention of an outlier positive with a negative to "balance" it out.
• We need to project the idea that this is okay...
 
Advocate is a Verb Too by Diane Hale, in Schooling the Gifted
This school year, I am committed to taking a bigger role in the act of advocacy for gifted education and I encourage parents, teachers, and students to do the same. The following are ways everyone can help advocate for not only their gifted child or student, but for gifted kids and their teachers everywhere...
 
Fearless Advocacy: A Day in the Life of the Gifted by Gail Post in Gifted Challenges
Most parents never expected to become spokespersons for gifted children. Yet by default, they become experts, educators and ambassadors, endlessly explaining facts about giftedness to those who don't understand. They confront misinformation, always careful to avoid the appearance of boasting, and seamlessly reframe their child's offbeat behavior in light of gifted intellectual and social/emotional complexities. Every day can seem like a new challenge...
 
Let's Spark a Fire of Change by Nicole Diatto, in Patchwork Poppies
If our children fail to learn, its not only the school’s fault but also our very own as parents for not recognizing the very attributes that make our children thrive or fail. Currently we have a broken system. The system is not going to fix itself if its left only to the system. We need to stand up together and give our children a voice and advocate on their behalf. Our gifted children Deserve to succeed just like everyone else and it needs to start NOW. We need to spread the word. With knowledge comes power and freedom...
 
Gifted Advocacy: Owning His Story by Crushing Tall Poppies
Gifted education and access to appropriate gifted programs for gifted students has seen a tremendous decline in many areas across America and throughout the world in the last few decades. Budget cuts seem to primarily be aimed at gifted education programs as the first line item deleted to save education dollars. The tools gifted children need to succeed have been slipping through their hands for many years, and with this is the fading away of the understanding and acknowledgement that gifted children have unique learning needs which MUST be met … and cannot be met in the regular classroom or with honors classes...
 
Advocacy and the Gifted Teenager by Institute for Educational Advancement
To communicate as an advocate, one must look to the student. Seeking inherently higher intellectual simulations and communicating the needs socially and emotionally of the teen will be a critical component of being an advocate. Listening and observing will be the greatest part to communicating what teenagers may need for their learning. “The construct of meaningfulness, challenge, choice, interest, and enjoyment, have been shown to be central to learning”...
 
Advocacy: Just Ask Sprite and Co. by Jo on Sprite's Site
Dr Needs had stated that he would be available to advocate for Sprite by discussing the measures with the school if necessary. “He said that I would need to learn how to advocate for myself too” Sprite said “What did he mean by that?” “Well” I said “It means that you need to learn how to talk about what you need in a respectful manner . For instance...
 
Gifted Advocacy for Beginners by Planet Smarty Pants
Some parents (ourselves included) feel sort of awkward asking for “special services” for their children. After all, here in America, where we so value our individuality, we send our children to schools where they are all expected to be educated the same...
 
Stop. Listen. Know when and how to advocate by Gift-Ed Connections
Advocating. When we believe we are right, we tend to like the sound of our own voice and yet here is a time we must listen once again. Until we can understand the mindset of the individual or organization that we believe is failing to meet the needs of our children, it will be difficult to advocate for change...
 

Updated August 01, 2016


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