Optimizing Gifted Advocacy by Parents and Schools:
How to Ensure Meaningful Options, Even in Difficult Times

by Barbara Gilman

Monday, April 26th, 6 - 8:30pm
Lafayette Public Library meeting room, 775 W. Baseline Rd. Lafayette, CO

Seating is limited, please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Educating parents to advocate successfully for their gifted children in school has never been more important. Impending budget cuts in a recession threaten gifted programs and services. Yet, parents with a thorough understanding of their moderately gifted, highly gifted, twice-exceptional or underachieving gifted child’s needs, who are also aware of options that benefit such students, often obtain better accommodations through negotiation than the gifted program would have provided. How can parents become more knowledgeable about a child’s strengths, weaknesses, learning style and educational needs for optimal advocacy in school or to improve homeschooling?

Funding shortages also challenge schools to provide meaningful options. How can schools advocate for gifted students with cost-effective programs that do a better job of meeting gifted learning needs? School personnel may find this a good time to rethink gifted programming with delivery systems that are more recession-proof.

Please join us in this exploration of smarter ways for parents and schools to ensure quality gifted programming.

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Barbara ("Bobbie") Gilman, M.S., serves as Associate Director of the non-profit Gifted Development Center in Denver, where she specializes in school advocacy consultation with parents worldwide, and diagnosis and recommendations for moderately, highly, exceptionally and profoundly gifted children and gifted children with learning disabilities, AD/HD, and underachievement issues. She co-chairs the National Association for Gifted Children's (NAGC) Assessments of Giftedness Special Interest Group (a temporary NAGC Task Force just approved as a permanent group) and wrote the NAGC position statement, "Use of the WISC-IV for Gifted Identification." The group is continuing to research comprehensive intelligence tests, suggest best practices for their use with gifted children, and work with test developers/publishers to create test instruments more appropriate for gifted assessment.

Bobbie holds degrees in Child Development and Psychology from Duke and Purdue, and has worked with the gifted population 18 years, testing gifted children and making educational recommendations for them. A mother of highly gifted sons, she is a veteran of gifted committees and school improvement teams, was an original organizer of Summit Middle School, BVSD's first charter school, chairing the curriculum committee and helping to hire the original teachers. She is a popular speaker for parents on advocacy issues and teachers on classroom accommodations for the gifted, highly gifted, and twice exceptional.

Bobbie's award-winning book, Academic Advocacy for Gifted Children: A Parent’s Complete Guide (2008, an updated version of Empowering Gifted Minds: Educational Advocacy That Works), guides parents through the process of documenting the unique instructional needs of a gifted student, finding curricular options that meet the child's needs, and negotiating with school personnel for programming accommodations. Her book, Challenging Highly Gifted Learners, written for educators, addresses programming for highly, exceptionally, and profoundly gifted students.
BoulderGPS (Gifted Parent Support) is pleased to present this very timely presentation, which will include time for Ms. Gilman to answer questions from those attending. In order to make her book, "Academic Advocacy for Gifted Children: A Parent's Complete Guide", more accessible and cost effective for the community, and so that parents and educators can read it in advance and come to the presentation with a deeper understanding of the topic, BoulderGPS has arranged to offer this book in limited quantities. If you would like to purchase a copy, the fee for this presentation will be waived. For more information and to read book reviews see: http://www.giftedbooks.com/productdetails.asp?id=119

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