Advocacy

Intellectual Dabrowski greeted me at the entrance to Sprite’s Site with his lead in his mouth and a determined expression in his eyes.
“It is time for us to go back to the school and talk about Sprite’s Education Plan again!” he said.
“You can’t just make a plan once and leave it at that, you know!”

I do know. Situations change and the measures you put into place are not appropriate any longer. It is just like growing out of shoes.
We have needed to review the provisions for Sprite’s education often in order to challenge her in her areas of giftedness and support her in the areas where she has problems 
Derrin Cramer’s book Gifted and Thriving at School: How proactive parents can get the education that fits their child  has proven very valuable.
And one of Derrin’s key messages is “Advocating for your gifted child is an ongoing process. It is not a one-shot fix”

The Appendix to the book contains an example of an Individual Education Plan form and I also found one at http://www.sacsa.sa.edu.au/ATT/%7B26691B3A-FAA3-4626-B5FC-72ADC3DD7E6F%7D/iep.pdf

I had been reading Derrin’s blog at
http://derrin-thebrightside.blogspot.com.au/
And
I had taken particular note of the post
Do you need to test again?
http://derrin-thebrightside.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/do-you-need-to-test-again.html

And I enjoyed the analogy Derrin gave in another of her posts
Lessons about identifying gifted students learned from making grape jam
http://derrin-thebrightside.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/lessons-about-identifying-gifted.html

“I will go up to the school again” I told Intellectual “But I am not ready to go just yet.

I want to finish reading Derrin’s new book The Beginner’s Guide to Life on the Bright Side first”
“OK, I’ll ask Sprite to come for a walk with me!” said Intellectual.