ERIC Number: EJ919389
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 27
Active Advocacy: Working Together for Appropriate Services for Gifted Learners
Wiskow, Kyle; Fowler, V. Dianne; Christopher, Mary M.
Gifted Child Today, v34 n2 p20-25 Spr 2011
The Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Act of 1988 provided additional funding for gifted programs and research endeavors. Scholars and educators within the field recognized its passage as a true watershed moment. Despite its unquestioned impact on the lives of countless gifted students around the country, federal lawmakers routinely fail to appropriate money for this act. In recent years, lobbying efforts have succeeded in restoring Javits funding, albeit in diminishing amounts. Gifted advocates have put the needs of precocious children in the national spotlight and attempted to address the inequitable education many of them receive. Advocacy involves individuals who believe in a particular cause and lend their support in multiple ways. Individuals who support appropriate services for gifted learners serve as natural advocates for this special population. Various individuals connected to the school environment play a vital role in advocacy for gifted children and programs. The authors point out that the educational experience of gifted students will only improve through a concerted effort that maintains the momentum needed to enact change.
Descriptors: Lobbying, Academically Gifted, Talent, Educational Environment, Educational Experience, Advocacy, Financial Support, Federal Legislation, Equal Education, Role, Educational Change, Educational Improvement
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Jacob K Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act 1988