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Local Advocacy

Parents, teachers and administrators can make positive and substantial changes for gifted students at the local level. Positive local changes in many school districts across our state can set the standard for expectations for levels of service for gifted students.

What Parents Can Do

· Learn about the characteristics and academic needs of gifted students and best practices in gifted education by attending informational sessions, conferences and/or reading books, journals or online gifted resources.

· Become fully informed about local district and state policies related to gifted education before you request changes or additions to programs.

· Become an active member of your school’s parent-teacher group and arrange for a knowledgeable speaker to come in to educate others about the needs of gifted students.

· Share and celebrate successful gifted programs by inviting students to share products at PTO, BOE and other community organization meetings or contact the local media to highlight student products or achievements.

· Volunteer to serve on school committees involved with program evaluation and development, strategic planning or curriculum improvement. Be a voice for gifted children on these committees.

  Become an active member of NJAGC (New Jersey Association for Gifted Children) to share in our advocacy and education efforts. Share an exemplary program with us or become a legislative network member.

What Teachers Can Do

· Seek out on-going professional learning in topics related to gifted education including differentiated instruction, characteristics and needs of gifted students, and curriculum modification and development.

· Provide appropriately differentiated learning experiences for gifted students. Share materials and instructional strategies that have benefited your gifted students with your colleagues.

· Become fully informed about district and state policies related to gifted education. Become involved when policy revisions are proposed.

· Celebrate gifted students’ achievements and acknowledge exceptional effort and ability. Recommend (or develop and implement) challenging extra-curricular learning opportunities for gifted students.

· Volunteer to serve on committees related to curriculum development, program development, extra-curricular activities and evaluation. Be a voice on these committees for gifted students.

· Become an active member of NJAGC (New Jersey Association for Gifted Children) to share in our advocacy and education efforts. Share an exemplary program with us, or become a legislative network member.

What School Administrators Can Do

· Seek out professional learning opportunities related to gifted education.

· Evaluate gifted services and programs annually, including program goals, alignment with services, identification practices, and the academic growth of gifted students. Consult the Gifted Education Programming Standards.

· Design or seek out effective professional development opportunities for teachers of the gifted and for general education teachers.

· Include teacher effectiveness in developing gifted potential in your teacher evaluation and observation protocols.

· Become fully informed about district and state policies related to gifted education. Become involved when policy revisions are proposed. Be a voice for gifted students at local Board of Education meetings.

· Become an active member of NJAGC (New Jersey Association for Gifted Children) to share in our advocacy and education efforts. Share an exemplary program with us or become a legislative network member.