Advocacy

IEA believes that all children deserve to learn something new every day, including gifted students.

Currently, nearly half of all public schools in America spend no money on supporting the gifted population, while countries like China and India have invested millions of dollars in gifted and talented children. This leaves many gifted students across the country with little access to resources that challenge and engage them to learn. These children are our future engineers, planners, doctors, scientists, and leaders. We must nurture these students and support their skills and talents, or our nation will fall behind in the global economy.

IEA has advocated for gifted students on the local and national level for nearly 20 years. We work to dispel harmful myths about giftedness, educate parents and teachers on the traits of these students, and support adequate funding to meet their essential needs. Recently, we commissioned the first ever national survey assessing the American public’s views on gifted education:

 

First-Ever Poll of Voters About Gifted Learners Finds Strong Bipartisan Support For Increasing Funding and Resources for High-Potential Students

 

The results indicate that the public recognizes that this population is often underserved. We are working on additional initiatives to inform and create change.

We invite you to join us.

Now, more than ever, gifted students need your support. Advocacy is essential to achieving lasting improvements for gifted education in our public school system. Please assist us in advocating on their behalf by contacting your elected officials and voicing your commitment to ensuring that all students are given the opportunity and resources to be challenged. Even gifted kids.

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