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.


Public Policy Gathering

In September 2017, IEA gathered gifted education leaders from across the country in Pasadena to discuss the next steps in advocating for a policy solution supporting gifted learners. The gathering included a presentation of the results from IEA’s first-ever voter poll about gifted learners, roundtable discussions and a conversation on how organizations can work together to advocate for our nation’s gifted students.

The gathering included leaders from IEA, Gifted Support Center, Johns Hopkins University & Center for Talented Youth, Math Academy, the National Association for Gifted Children, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, University of California Berkley, the University of Southern California and Untapped Potential Project.

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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Additional Initiatives

Accelerate Illinois

The Institute for Educational Advancement is proud to endorse Accelerate Illinois. Data demonstrates that acceleration is an extremely cost effective and successful tool for supporting gifted children academically, socially, and emotionally. This report advocates for a state wide acceleration policy in Illinois. It is our hope that this research will spur policy change in states throughout the nation.

read the full report

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