Did you know that Alabama has an association for families and educators of gifted children? It’s called the Alabama Association for Gifted Children (AAGC). And wow, have they been busy advocating for additional funding for gifted students!
This paper, produced by the AAGC, puts forth a concise description of the state of gifted education in Alabama, the need to properly fund services for gifted students, and the consequences of failing to do so. It truly is worth a read to get a better handle on gifted education in Alabama.
Amy Waine, AAGC’s president, will be featured today (Tuesday, January 29) on Birmingham television station Fox 6 as a part of Sarah Verser’s “What’s Right with Our Schools” segment at 5:00 p.m. I hope to add a link once it has aired.
Al.com’s John Archibald wrote an opinion piece about gifted education funding highlighting the need to ensure our most gifted students are given the support and education they need to move farther in their education. Take a look at the link. Archibald succinctly states compelling reasons why funding should be increased and relays the consequences of ignoring gifted students.
The AAGC succeeded in having Alabama Governor Robert Bentley proclaim January at Gifted Education Month (GEM). This is the first time a proclamation has been issued for GEM! Kudos to the AAGC for their advocacy efforts. This dedicated group of families and educators has really gone to bat for their children, whom Governor Bentley correctly identifies as having special needs in their educational world. The AAGC’s advocacy efforts serve as a model for PTO and PTA groups for how to organize and advocate for children.
We often think of children with disabilities as having special needs, but it is important to remember that gifted children have special needs, too. And with the various ways that education is delivered to gifted children across the state of Alabama, knowing there is a hard-working association dedicated to the education of gifted children is refreshing and reassuring.
If you’d like to join the AAGC, here is a link to their membership form. And the AAGC is all over social media:
- facebook group
- twitter handle – @alabamagifted
- weekly twitter chats – (y’all….twitter chats really are awesome once you understand the mechanics of how to join them and participate. I’m still new to the twitter chatrooms, but am quickly learning the value of lurking, if not participating. In twitter chats, you have access to some of the best minds in the industry…it’s like listening in on a meeting)
The AAGC has started a twitter campaign, gathering all of the twitter handles for state legislators and decision makers asking them to fully fund gifted education. Having heard legislators say that they need to hear directly from the people in order to be swayed, much applause goes to the AAGC for constructing this campaign.
We parents and families often need help getting our questions answered, and getting organized to advocate for a better education for our children. If you have a question about how to get your child identified as gifted, or what it might mean for your child to be identified as gifted, contact the AAGC for answers to your questions. Take the time to page through their web site, as it may answer some of those questions as well.
Please share this information with other parents and families. If school personnel do not offer this type of information to their students’ families, there is often no other place to find it other than word of mouth. Help families of gifted students find the AAGC by sharing this post or directing them to the AAGC site.