Creating Parent Groups to Support Gifted Children

by Carol Fertig

Realizing that quality gifted education exists in places where there are strong parent groups, two organizations—the National Association for Gifted Children and Prufrock Press—have come together to create an eBook that can be downloaded for free from NAGC's website (users must first create a free account, then login with the username and password to download the eBook). Starting and Sustaining a Parent Group to Support Gifted Children is filled with advice and examples that come directly from the experiences of parents of gifted children. The multitude of ideas, resources, and stories are presented in an easy-to-read format that is anything but intimidating.
 
Parents do make a difference, and when they are involved, change happens—perhaps not as quickly as we would like, but it does happen. Some of the topics covered in this eBook include:
  • Reasons for Starting a Parent Group
  • Ways to Organize Your Parent Group
  • Pitfalls
  • Building Support
  • Turning Support Into Advocacy
  • Tips for New Parent Groups
  • Building an Accepting Culture
  • Resources (Internet resources are presented as hot links so you can connect directly to websites) 
The formatting and layout of the book is excellent. It is punctuated with real-life stories that draw in the reader and help him to identify and personalize the information. The advice presented does not get lost in theory; instead, the suggestions and strategies are concrete. Bullets, fonts, and color are used so that the reader’s eyes quickly find the most important material.

Because Starting and Sustaining a Parent Group to Support Gifted Children is so well presented and is free to everyone, it makes sense for all advocates of gifted education to take a look. In addition to parents, teachers, and administrators would also benefit from viewing the material. This would be an excellent tool for educators to recommend to parents of gifted students.

This blog post initially appeared on the Gifted Child Info Blog on December 31, 2010.