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Friday, October 14 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
5F: Negotiating Change in your School District

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This session will help participants creatively think about how negotiation and advocacy skills can be used to create change in talented and gifted education at both the school district and individual school level. We will outline key advocacy factors and how they can be put to practical use as individual advocates or as part of a larger network of advocates.

We will discuss both strategies that have worked and ones that haven't worked to better target time, energy and advocacy resources to have the greatest effect. Participants will develop their own advocacy "road map" to use in their own school district to advocate for change.


We will use information from the book "Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In" by Roger Fischer and William Ury, "The Effective Advocates" article by Dr. Julia Link Roberts and Tracy Ford Inman, the NAGC Advocacy Toolkit, and our own experiences as advocates in the Madison Metropolitan School District.

Participants will be able to begin to identify challenges and barriers that exist in their own district to implementing effective talented and gifted instruction from multiple perspectives. They will also identify 2-3 actions they can take to become more informed about the "state" of talented and gifted education in their district.

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Lorie Raihala

Language Arts/Social Studies/Drama Teacher, EAGLE School
I came to Gifted Education through my children. During their school years I became well-versed in networking and advocacy with other parents in the Madison Metropolitan School District, and as part of the MMSD TAG Advisory Committee  I helped the MMSD write its first TAG Plan in... Read More →
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Christina Gomez Schmidt

Organizer, Madison Partnership for Advanced Learning
As an education advocate and consultant, Christina is dedicated to working with school systems to improve advanced instructional opportunities for students from all backgrounds. She sees this work as a critical part of strengthening public education. She likes to discuss public education... Read More →

Friday October 14, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Sandstone 9