How to be a Powerful Advocate for Your Gifted Student

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Meridian Park Elementary School

17077 Meridian Avenue North

Shoreline, WA 98133

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Gifted students have complex needs and being labeled "gifted" doesn't mean school is easy for them. How can we help?

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Gifted students have complex needs and being labeled "gifted" doesn't mean school is easy for them. In this meeting, sharpen your set of "tools" to better advocate for your child with the teacher, principle, school and district. Such as:

  • The steps of effective advocacy
  • Barriers that need to be overcome to be persuasive
  • What it is about highly capable kids that leads to the need for accommodation
  • The legal basis that supports advocacy for highly capable students
  • Specific tactics that advocates can request
  • What to say to your own children about giftedness so they can also be advocates

Marcia Holland, Board member, Northwest Gifted Child Association – Marcia Holland has been involved in supporting excellence in education for children since her sons were students in the Renton School District in the 1970’s and ‘80s. The Renton School District had an outstanding gifted program that served one son well and the other one, who was gifted and dysgraphic, not at all. Marcia ran for and served eight years as a school board member, where she honed her advocacy skills. Her late husband, Bruce Holland, ran for and was elected to the state legislature. He was ranking minority chair of the House education and finance committees for eleven years. In those combined roles, the Hollands continued to advocate for gifted education funding and support. Marcia has served on the board of Northwest Gifted Child Association on and off over the last 30 years. Her focus has always been educating others – parents, educators, administrators and legislators – about the unique learning needs of children who learn at markedly faster and more complex rates than their chronological peers. Having been an unserved gifted child herself, she remembers the sense of frustration, isolation and “marching in place” of her K-12 experience.

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Meridian Park Elementary School

17077 Meridian Avenue North

Shoreline, WA 98133

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