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One of the keys to effective advocacy is having the confidence to make your case.  Remember, you are competing for the time and attention of elected officials, so well organized and articulated arguments are more persuasive than passion alone.  You don't have to be an expert to be an effective advocate, but it is important to have some basic facts.  Also, the most successful advocates take the role of "teacher" by first informing their audience about who gifted and talented students are and then about the critical need for resources to help them. We have provided a variety of fact sheets to help you learn the basics about gifted education, but we urge you to modify and supplement these materials with state and local data as well as stories from your own experience.

The National Picture 

Decisions about gifted children and gifted education are made primarily at the  local and state levels because the federal government does not fund or require gifted education services. Familiarizing yourself with the basic information about support for gifted students is important to advocates.  Click here for an overview of the state of gifted education in the nation.

Why We Need Gifted and Talented Education 

Looking for some facts and figures to strengthen your argument? Try this section for information about programs that work and reasons to advocate for gifted education.  We also include a selection of solid evidence that gifted programming works, which helps persuade decision makers of their value.

Common Myths

When advocating for gifted and talented programs and services, you'll run in to many of the same misconceptions about gifted students. Investigate the truth behind the myths.

Equity in Excellence 

Gifted children from disadvantaged backgrounds have suffered the most because their schools often do not recognize or serve their needs and their families cannot purchase services separately.  Go to these pages to learn the facts and what can be done to support these students. 

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