Advocating for Your Child<br />
Get the whole story<br />Be careful not to ask leading questions<br />Listen to what they are saying <br />Help your child...
Differentiated assignments<br />Subject area acceleration<br />Compacted curriculum<br />Pretesting<br />Know There Are Op...
Accept that everything cannot be perfect for everyone at all times.<br />Teach your children to turn lemons into lemonade....
Formulate your concern before meeting<br />Be prepared<br />No personal vendettas<br />Write short, effective speeches<br ...
Identify the problem.<br />Investigate the situation and research the facts.<br />Universalize the problem.<br />Relate it...
Write a synopsis of the problem.<br />State the problem as you interpret it.<br />Present the evidence of the problem.<br ...
Allow the person most directly involved the opportunity to hear your concern first.<br />Call for an appointment but be pr...
Talk to the GT Coordinator<br />Talk to the Principal<br />Talk to the Director of Instruction<br />When Talking to the Te...
Remember, your child is watching how you handle the situation.<br />You are demonstrating that you love them and consider ...
Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented<br />Raising Champions by M.F. Sayler<br />www.davidsongifted.org<br />Refer...
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    1. 1. Advocating for Your Child<br />
    2. 2. Get the whole story<br />Be careful not to ask leading questions<br />Listen to what they are saying <br />Help your child become a self-advocate<br />Ask him/her to verbalize the issue<br />Help him/her brainstorm a solution<br />Help him/her verbalize how to appropriately approach the teacher<br />Begin with your child<br />
    3. 3. Differentiated assignments<br />Subject area acceleration<br />Compacted curriculum<br />Pretesting<br />Know There Are Options<br />
    4. 4. Accept that everything cannot be perfect for everyone at all times.<br />Teach your children to turn lemons into lemonade. Model that behavior.<br />Recognize issues that should be addressed by the school and act in a timely manner.<br />Contact the appropriate person when you have a concern.<br />Choose Your Battles<br />
    5. 5. Formulate your concern before meeting<br />Be prepared<br />No personal vendettas<br />Write short, effective speeches<br />Encourage fathers to attend meetings<br />Make sure to compliment the things the teacher is doing that you appreciate<br />Begin With the Teacher<br />
    6. 6. Identify the problem.<br />Investigate the situation and research the facts.<br />Universalize the problem.<br />Relate it to the mission and goals of the school.<br />Strive for a reasonable/rational case. <br />Emotions tend to detract from your credibility.<br />Prepare Your Case<br />
    7. 7. Write a synopsis of the problem.<br />State the problem as you interpret it.<br />Present the evidence of the problem.<br />List alternatives that might alleviate the problem.<br />Be succinct. <br />Use ‘we’ not ‘I’ and ‘you’.<br />View the problem from others’ perspective.<br />Teacher<br />Student<br />Principal<br />Never call when you are angry or very emotional.<br />
    8. 8. Allow the person most directly involved the opportunity to hear your concern first.<br />Call for an appointment but be prepared in case the person is available to talk then.<br />Greet the person warmly.<br />State your facts calmly and in order.<br />Build bridges; do not burn them.<br />If you’re happy with the results of the meeting, say so and say thank you.<br />If not, move up the chain of command.<br />Present Your Case<br />
    9. 9. Talk to the GT Coordinator<br />Talk to the Principal<br />Talk to the Director of Instruction<br />When Talking to the Teacher Doesn’t Help<br />
    10. 10. Remember, your child is watching how you handle the situation.<br />You are demonstrating that you love them and consider education a priority.<br />You are modeling that every human counts so respect others as well as yourself.<br />You are teaching that problem solving involves creativity, logic, protocol, challenge, time, and commitment.<br />Teaching Your Children<br />
    11. 11. Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented<br />Raising Champions by M.F. Sayler<br />www.davidsongifted.org<br />References<br />

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