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Advocacy for Gifted Learners
and Gifted Education

What is advocacy for gifted learners? Advocacy–simply put–is the “act or process of supporting a cause or proposal” (Merriam-Webster). Advocating for the needs of gifted learners is an important task that educators, parents, and students should be a part of in order to ensure appropriate resources and supports for this population of students. 


While some people believe that being an advocate means being assertive, pushy, or combative, NCAGT believes this is far from true. Being an advocate means being knowledgeable of gifted policies and practices while being willing to speak to their importance.

Tips for Advocacy:

NCAGT believes that advocacy happens at three different levels: federal, state, and local. It is important to understand how each level of government impacts the services available for gifted learners in public schools.


Federal Gifted Policy

Unfortunately, a federal mandate for gifted education does not exist. This means that there is no expectation or policy that requires states to identify and serve gifted learners in the public K-12 educational environment. Instead, those decisions are left to the states. 

Find Your Legislators

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State Gifted Policy (North Carolina)


Local Gifted Policy

Advocacy at the local level means understanding your local AIG Plan. Each Local Educational Agency (LEA) is required to submit a three-year AIG plan to NCDPI for approval. A Local AIG Plan is the school district’s (or charter school) policy around how to best identify and serve gifted learners. In each AIG plan, you will see how the LEA will meet each of the six programming standards 


Find your local AIG Plan:


AIG Regional and Local Plans

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