What is Advocacy?
Advocacy is how we work with our schools, our district, and our state to get the services our children need to succeed academically and socially. Together, we are the force behind positive change – for our children, and all highly capable children.
How CPA Channels Advocacy Efforts?
Challenge Parents Association advocates for our students’ needs within Edmonds School District and at the state level. We meet with educators and administrators within the district to ensure a continuum of K-12 educational services for our children. Because state legislative districts often include multiple school districts, we connect with parent advocacy groups from neighboring school districts such as Northshore, Shoreline, and Lake Washington in order to have greater impact with our legislators. CPA is a member of both our regional organization, Northwest Gifted Child Association (NWGCA), and the state lobbying group Washington Coalition for Gifted Education (WCGE), who collaborate to create a consistent advocacy mission and message, and organize an annual advocacy Gifted Education Day in Olympia.
More Advocacy Resources
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)’s Highly Capable Program office monitors programs in each school district. OSPI has produced two reports that are frequently referred to regarding program funding:
Washington Association of Educators of the Gifted and Talented (WAETAG) coordinates an autumn teacher conference annually, to provide an opportunity for teachers throughout the state to connect, learn and share. The University of Washington’s Robinson Center for Young Scholars usually hosts a few events every year for educators and parents, in addition to providing classes.
On the national level, the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) provides resources for students, parents, teachers, and schools, and hosts an annual conference. In addition, NAGC maintains a federal advocacy program for gifted education.
What can you do to support gifted education?
Find your state legislators and contact them at least once a year about education issues. Identify yourself as parents of a gifted (or highly-capable) student, and voice your support for bills that will benefit our students.