The updated, comprehensive guide to developing or enhancing gifted programming How do we ensure we are meeting the needs of gifted students? The educational landscape has changed dramatically since Designing Services and Programs for High-Ability Learners was first published in 2006. This updated and revised second edition of the landmark guidebook provides educators and administrators with the comprehensive, practical advice they need to support gifted learners, and includes new perspectives based on recent research and the updated National Association for Gifted Children Programming Standards. Written by leading experts, each chapter focuses on a key feature of high-quality gifted programs, from identification to evaluation and advocacy, and takes into account current trends in education, such as the • Focus on diversity and the efforts needed to ensure underrepresented populations are screened for gifted education • Collaboration with special education, families, and community members to ensure all students have access to programming and services • Use of technology, especially in rural communities • Development of local policies to support gifted education Whether you are developing a new program or restructuring an existing service, this guidebook will help you meet the needs of today’s gifted students.
Chapter 14: Planning for Advocacy
Planning for Advocacy
Advocacy is “the act of pleading or arguing in favor of something—an idea, cause, or policy” (National Association for Gifted Children, n.d.). This discussion of advocacy focuses on connecting with decision makers at the school, district, state, and national levels to provide the information and insight that will enable them to support strategies, services, and policies to initiate, implement, and support gifted education. Advocacy may be a onetime event; however, advocacy is most effective when it is an ongoing process. Both individuals and groups may find this discussion of advocacy useful.
Why advocate? Informed and well-organized advocates can raise the level of awareness about the needs of children with gifts and talents at the school, district, state, and ...