Advocacy

·        Be informed about gifted education and the characteristics of highly able learners (For resources, see below:)

o   Byrdseed’s compilation of gifted characteristics resources http://www.byrdseed.com/11-lists-of-characteristics-of-gifted-students/?icn=rlt

o   NAGC’s Common Characteristics of Gifted Individuals http://www.nagc.org/resources-publications/resources/my-child-gifted/common-characteristics-gifted-individuals

·        Look into membership of the following organizations: Maryland Educators of Gifted Students (MEGS), National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), Center for Exceptional Children (CEC), and Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)

·        Be informed about the unique socio-emotional needs of highly able learners (For resources, see below:)

o   Byrdseed’s Social Emotional articles http://www.byrdseed.com/tag/social-emotional/

o   Hoagies’ Gifted Social Emotional Aspects http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/social_emotional.htm

o   Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted http://sengifted.org/

·        Provide enriching experiences relevant to real world settings

·        Seek out summer programming for your child and others through CCPS Summer Enrichment, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth http://cty.jhu.edu/ , or Maryland Summer Centers http://marylandpublicschools.org/summercenters/

·        Cultivate students’ interests and exploration

·        Participate in book studies, network with other Gifted and Talented parents, join Gifted and Talented organizations, and take part in parent programs

·        Volunteer and partner with Gifted and Talented Resource Teachers to maximize learning experiences

·        Attend the annual CCPS Gifted and Talented Program Parent Night

·        Work with the CCPS Gifted and Talented Parent Committee

·        Explore various Gifted and Talented Organizations