If you are a parent of a gifted child or an educator committed to ensuring that each and every child in your school reaches his or her potential, you understand the importance of gifted education. Decisions are made at the national, state and local levels that influence the educational experiences available to New Jersey’s gifted students.
The first step is to educate yourself. Know about state administrative code and national laws that impact public education decisions. Help your local district stay current and offer your help on committees that oversee curriculum and evaluate programs or services to gifted students. Your district should have both policies and procedures, in writing, for public review. Find and share contacts with NJAGC: teachers, counselors, administrators (building and district level) who oversee gifted services in your local schools.
Learn the jargon most associated with gifted education. Available from NAGC: A Glossary of Terms. Background information about gifted education and best practices can also be found through www.hoagiesgifted.org and www.nagc.org.
Knowledge is power, especially when communicating about the needs of your gifted child or students.