CAG Legislative Action Interest Survey
California currently has no Educational Code that identifies gifted learners as a unique learner group with specific learner needs. The identification of gifted students and addressing their educational and emotional needs is left to the discretion of local control. This has created an inequitable system that disproportionately impacts historically under-served students and their families.
Changing this system in California requires a coalition of vocal activists with a common message: California's Gifted learners deserve educational environments that see them and support their unique learning needs, because they will not "be fine on their own." We believe that California can do better for our diverse gifted learners in all communities.
By completing this Google Form, and sharing your contact information, you agree to be contacted regarding opportunities for local and national activism. As your efforts are needed, you will receive support from California Association for the Gifted.
Please respond to the following questions, so that we know how to best involve you in this initiative.
Are you currently a member of CA Association for the Gifted? *
What best describes your role in education (select all that apply):
Private Practice Counselor/Therapist
School District Administrator (School Site Level)
School District Administrator (District Office Level)
Do you represent a historically underserved community in California? (e.g. African-American, Latinx, English Learner, low-socio-economic status, etc.)?
If you are a parent, briefly describe your child and/or family's story about Gifted Education in California.
If you are an educator, briefly describe your classroom experience with Gifted Education in California.
Please select the response that best describes the current school system in which you are involved.
Traditional K-12 Public School
Dependent Charter School
Independent Charter School
Private School (Non-religious)
Private School (Religious)
Briefly describe the level of Gifted Education Services/Identification/Programming available in your current school system.
Rank your past experience in lobbying or meeting with elected officials.
1 - I have never done this before
5 - I am on a first name basis with some of their staff members
In what ways are you most comfortable supporting our efforts (check all that apply)
Sending ocassional post cards
Sending occasional e-mails to my legislator's office
Sending a thank you note to an elected official at CAG's request
Calling my elected official's office
Writing a formal letter
Social Media Posts to my online network
Joining my elected official's email mailing list to learn about events
Attending a community event (coffee, town hall, office opening, etc.) and introducing myself as an advocate for Gifted Education in California.
Meeting with an elected official (or their staffer) at their local office close to my home
Meeting with an elected official (or their staffer) at the State Capitol
Meeting with an elected official (or their staffer) in Washington DC
Testifying before the legislature about bills that affect Gifted Learners
Having my child testify about bills that affect Gifted Learners
I am a researcher and am interested in doing research in California about Gifted Education needs
I am a journalist and am interested in writing articles about Gifted Education needs
I would like to make a monetary donation to support this work
Rank your past experience in letter writing to elected officials
1- I would not know what to say
5 - I already have a stack of pre-address postcards!
Rank how comfortable you feel attending meetings alone with elected officials or their staff members
1 - I will not attend alone
5 - I can easily attend alone
I am most interested in helping out with:
Local Initiatives only (those in my school district)
California statewide initiatives only
National initiatives only
Both statewide and national initiatives
What topics related to Gifted Education are you most passionate about?
Early Identification (Pre-K-1st grade)
Historically Underserved populations
Gifted English Learners
Traditional Public schools
What is the best way for CAG to connect with you about Legislative Day of Action opportunities?