Be an Advocate for Gifted and Talented Learners!
ITAG needs you to advocate for important issues affecting gifted learners.
By advocating you can make a difference in the life and education of gifted and talented students in Iowa. Effective advocacy is more than just being passionate about gifted education. It is also knowing how to convey your message without alienating those who influence the decision-making process. You don’t need to have a knowledge of statistics or legislation to be able to advocate for these children to have the opportunity to grow, develop, and reach their potential.
Are you ready to advocate for gifted education? Start by reading Advocating for Gifted Education in Iowa, a presentation prepared by ITAG that summarizes roles and processes at all levels of advocacy.
ITAG Advocacy Resources
- Advocating for Gifted Education in Iowa, a presentation prepared by ITAG that summarizes roles and processes at all levels of advocacy.
- ITAG celebrates Gifted Awareness Month in October. See some ideas from October 2019 for how you can celebrate and raise awareness of gifted education throughout the school year.
- ITAG has prepared handouts to share with
- Articles from the ITAG Newsletter, primarily contributed by ITAG Board Member Brett Monnard: Spring 2020 gifted budgets, building-level advocacy, speaking at a school board meeting, changing local policy, and advocacy overview.
- Why ITAG advocates each year for the Javits Program. See the article in the ITAG newsletter from March 2020.
Resources for Gifted Advocacy
- Find your legislator
- Iowa Department of Education
- Gifted and Talented page on the Iowa DE website
- How to Budget for Gifted Programming: A Suggested Process
- Current FY Allocation by District
- Gifted Categorical Carryforward Amounts
- Look under the heading Categorical Funding and Budgetary Allocations Unspent at the End of the Fiscal Year and Carried Forward, by District and AEA
- Within the document, look for the column that lists (usually Column G) that lists Gifted and Talented Programs Project to find the unspent gifted funds from previous years that have been carried forward.
- Iowa Core
- Gifted Resources for the Iowa Core
- MTSS Guide for Advanced Learners
- Consult your district’s board policy book and website to see if your district has policies for acceleration, gifted programming, or other programs or services that impact gifted and talented learners.
- Advocacy article from SENG
- Advocating for your gifted child, an article from the Institute for Educational Advancement
Gifted Advocacy at Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page