NAGC Position Statements & White Papers
Position Statements and White Papers help clarify issues in gifted and talented education and set NAGC's position on these issues.
As Congress heads home for the August recess and as the November elections for federal, state, and local races heat up, now is the time to draw attention to high-ability students and their unique needs.
2014 is a major election cycle: all 435 U.S. House seats, 36 Senate seats, 36 gubernatorial offices and most state legislative races are contested. In addition, there are a host of races at the state, county and local levels.
Election season offers advocates excellent opportunities to engage candidates on our issues and to build on media coverage of campaigns and candidates to increase the visibility of gifted education. Elected officials (and candidates for office) are interested in knowing the issues that the voters care about. Although many candidates are not familiar with the details of every education issue, a meeting with a candidate and/or his or her staff to discuss gifted education in your school district, in your state, or the connection between maximizing potential and the nation’s future is one sure way to discuss what’s happening (or not) for gifted and talented students. Meetings may be most productive with elected officials seeking re-election who have had a role in education decision making (e.g., members of state education committees). Below are two other suggestions for raising concerns about the availability and quality of education for high-ability students with those who seek elected office.
NAGC encourages you to do the following:
Raising awareness about high-ability learners with the public and with candidates begins with you. We urge you to make time to speak out on behalf of the children for whom we advocate.