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Starting Up a Gifted
Education Parent Group for Your School District
by Dixie Youngers
There are many school districts across Missouri
that have a gifted education parent group. It is great that you
are thinking of starting up one too. It just takes a few parents
with a passion for gifted education to get a group started. To start
- Pick some officers for an Executive Board. A
good start is a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Secretary/Treasurer can be combined into one position to start.
- Develop bylaws for your group - feel free to
use the PAGS Bylaws as a template http://www.nkcpags.org/
- Set up a group email list on your computer
- Invite other parents to join your group or at
least to get email updates from your group
- Set up an organization bank account
- Set up an organization post office box
- Set up monthly Executive Board meetings
- Set up monthly or bi-monthly general meetings.
Plan fun social and educational gatherings.
- Partner with your school district administration
- Partner with your gifted teachers
As you go further,
you can add on these attributes to your organization:
- Seek a parent representative from each of your
district's gifted education centers to serve with your Executive
- Further develop your Executive Board to include
a membership chair, newsletter chair, programs chair, etc..
- Move your group email off of your personal computer
into a centralized webmail system
- Revise your bylaws to better meet your group's
- Develop a "member" and a "correspondence families"
- Become a 501 (c) 3 organization
- Partner with other gifted education parent groups
through email or GAM events
- Get active with state legislation involving gifted
NKC PAGS organization
has been in existence since 1999. We have approximately 90 annual
members and 400 correspondence families serving approximately 1300
gifted students out of about 18,600 total students. We have an excellent
working relationship with our district administrators, school board
members, teachers, parents and students. Our group continues to
grow and change each year. We look forward to partnering with you
to advocate for gifted children.