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ERIC Number: EJ1091870
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Communicating Effectively with Your Gifted Child's School
Smutny, Joan Franklin
Parenting for High Potential, v4 n7 p4-8 Aug 2015
One of the most common questions the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) receives from parents is, "How should I advocate for my child in the classroom?" Dr. Joan Smutny first tackled this topic for "Parenting for High Potential" in 2002, but her practical, step-by-step approach is still very applicable today. Some of the difficulties parents have communicating with the school can be avoided with the right preparation and planning. This article discusses the following steps for advocating on behalf of a gifted child whose needs are not being met in their current school situation: (1) preparing to meet with the teacher; (2) communicating with the teacher; (3) gauging success; (4) follow up; and (5) exploring other options. Definitions of terms used when discussing gifted students and programs are included, as well as a list of resources.
National Association for Gifted Children. 1331 H Street NW Suite 1001, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-785-4268; Fax: 202-785-4248; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A