ADVOCACY AND LEGISLATION
Although our January GEM (Gifted Education Month) has ended, the work has just begun. This is a year-round effort.
Get to know your elected officials. Making relationships with your elected officials is a way for them to see why gifted education is important! Find your elected officials by using this link. Type in your entire address in the search bar. We encourage you to call, write, text, reach out to them! Invite them to your classroom to see all the amazing things your students/children are doing. Follow them on social media and tag them of events/pictures you are sharing on your social media.
When you post on social media - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc - use the hashtags #algifted #alabamagifted #AlabamaAchieves and tag us @alabamagifted. We would love to share your stories and let the gifted story be known.
AAGC Advocacy Videos
For up to date information, join our Facebook group – AAGC group.
You can reach the Alabama State Legislature Home Page at this link: http://www.legislature.state.al.us/aliswww/default.aspx
▪ Please make your opinions known to your legislator. Support education in Alabama. Let legislators know you appreciate gifted education.
▪ Phone calls and personal visits have a great impact followed by letters and emails. Please take the time to make a contact.
Local School Board Members have a great impact on curricular goals – have you told your Board members how much you appreciate the gifted programs in your school?
Share this with your legislators – Addressing the Urgent Need for State Funding of Gifted Education.
Encourage your students and parents to write to their elected officials. You can find the address of your House Representative and Senator at this website. In the left-hand column is a place to type in your zip code to find who represents you and your school. Following are samples letters you may use if you like, to adapt to your particular school and situation.