Advocacy is the act of arguing in favor of something — an idea, cause, or policy. All of us advocate regularly by simply expressing a point of view to our friends, families, and employers. It could be making our views known on behalf of our children with their teachers, coaches, and group leaders out of school, or as teachers on behalf of students in our classes or on behalf of new or changing programs. Legislative advocacy is a specialized form of advocacy; one directed at policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels.
All successful advocacy depends, in part, on relationships built over time that engender trust. Sometimes built-in credibility speeds the process, but generally it takes time to develop a trusting relationship between advocates and decision makers. This is certainly true for legislative advocacy: a legislator’s familiarity with you and your expertise on an issue creates the comfort level necessary to develop strong working relationships. This same confidence is generally necessary whether you are working with your local school board, your state department of education, your state legislators, or your Congressional delegation. NAGC has developed a toolkit to help supporters become stronger advocates.
As part of NAGC’s advocacy goal, we work with Members of Congress to increase support for gifted and talented learners. To be effective with Congress, NAGC depends on gifted education supporters across the country who will contact their elected representatives on behalf of gifted students. The legislative update section provides information about the issues that we’re working on and ways in which you may support our efforts.
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The Voice for Arizona’s Gifted & Talented
One of the benefits of AAGT membership is up-to-the-minute news about important legislation affecting gifted education.
AAGT appreciates every contribution and any kind of support given that helps us advocate for the diverse population of gifted children in the state of Arizona.
Arizona Law & Gifted Students
Arizona is one of the few states in the nation that has a law regarding the education of gifted students. ARS 15-779 offers the state definition of a gifted child, as well as appropriate services and school responsibilities for the educational and social well being of gifted students.
The National Association for Gifted Children has a page dedicated to gifted education and is arranged by each state. Click here to see what other states are doing.
Gifted Advocacy Initiatives
Legislative Updates and Involvement
It is important that you know your state legislature.
- Check out Arizona’s State Legislature’s homepage here.
- To find the legislative district you live in by entering your address and zip code located at the lower left corner, please click here.
- Looking for a member of the legislature? Well, look no further. Click here to find members of the legislature.
NAGC has a Legislative Update section on their website. Learn who helps make the national decisions on gifted legislation issues and be sure to contact your state representatives when we need our collective voice to be heard.