Tools and tips to help you build relationships and advocate for your gifted child.
Advocacy with GSG
Your ability to advocate for your gifted child will increase the more you know about giftedness and the gathering of data. First, review the resources found at our Gifted 101 tab. Read one of the recommended books. Review the "Building Bridges" presentation below as it will guide you in your journey.
Check out the five-part series of articles on our blog entitled: How to Talk about Giftedness ...
Advocacy Tool Kits
Advocacy: Gathering Information on your gifted child
Both subjective and objective information are helpful when advocating for your gifted child. We suggest obtaining two file folders and labeling one "Subjective Assessments" and the other "Objective Assessments." Print this listing of Sample Objective and Subjective Assessments and tape the appropriate list into the appropriate folder. DO NOT think you need to gather everything on the list! A comprehensive list was generated so that you are able to choose the assessments that are most accessible to you and that also that most appropriately represent your child. So what are Subjective and Objective Assessments?
Gifted testing is a type of objective assessment for your child and is a critical component of appropriate advocacy. Objective assessments measure your child's abilities and produce scores as percentages, percentiles, etc. Here is a sample list of some objective assessments ...
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Observations, done by parents, teachers, medical professionals, etc. are types of subjective assessments. They usually do not produce a score, yet add color to your understanding of your child. Here is a sample list of subjective assessments ...
Below are forms that you are invited to print to begin gathering subjective information on your gifted child:
Self-Advocacy for Gifted Tweens & Teens
Tweens and Teens can "learn to self-advocate, or to recognize and address the needs specific to their own learning abilities, without compromising their dignity or that of others. By definition, self-advocacy has to be the work of the individual. But as parents and educators, we have the role of teaching our high-ability children how to effectively communicate, negotiate, or assert their own interests, desires, needs, and rights." On her website and blog below, Deborah Douglas reviews four key steps to facilitate student's self-advocacy:
- Understand your rights and responsibilities
- Develop your learner profile by assessing your abilities and interests, strengths and weaknesses, learning styles and habits
- Become aware of available options and opportunities
- Connect with advocates who can help you accomplish what needs to be done
- Blog: Self-Advocacy for Gifted Teens by Deborah Douglas
- Website: GT Carpe Diem
- Article: Self-advocacy for gifted teens and tween: How to help gifted teens take control of their classroom experience by I. Teitelman
- Resources at Hoagies for gifted tweens and teens ... Some of the books listed at the Hoagies link are available for check-out from the GPS Gifted Education Library at the district office.
Tedx Sonoma Talk: "The Myth of Average"
You will LOVE the analogy used by Todd Rose in his 18 minute presentation.