day 4 of 100 days of advocacy: shared from the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented:

  • Read and research, do your homework on the issues;
  • Find and use support groups;
  • Be prepared to share information with others, using practical examples;
  • Consider using information from tests/assessments as supporting data;
  • Ask questions, and give defensible answers;
  • Advocate positively, look for events and opportunities to congratulate and reinforce;
  • Keep your message simple and straightforward;
  • Giving practical examples and explanations;
  • Don’t mistake ignorance for malice;
  • Respect time limitations, be prepared at every meeting. Make it easy for people to help you;
  • Consider advice and offer appropriate follow up;
  • Give positive feedback and record relevant information;
  • Be a leader. One of the greatest challenges is to help a group of advocates work together collaboratively, cooperatively, and productively;
  • Remember that in standing up for gifted children we must not appear to neglect the others.
to read more go to: http://www.aaegt.net.au/?page_id=755