Besides being a birthday month for dear people in my life, Valentine’s Day is also a highlight in my month of February! I decided to capitalize on the theme and take it to a place that perhaps few of us dare to go! I’m going to declare it “Love a Legislator Month”!
Maybe you are wondering why I might say this? Of course I’ll tell you! Right now is a time that our voices might make a difference for our gifted children. When Governor Evers was the State Superintendent of Schools, his proposed education budget for 2019-2020 was $1 million for gifted education. That is a four-fold increase over our current budget. This budget, of course, has to be approved in the legislature. In addition, the Wisconsin Blue Ribbon Commission that is looking at school funding issues has a newly released document that includes supporting gifted education. The levels are $.5 million, $1 million and $2.5 million depending on state resources. This document will go to the legislature for discussion and decision making with the proposed education budget. It is time to contact your representatives and let them know you want them to support gifted funding at a higher level than the current ¼ million in competitive grants.
How do you do this? I’ll start with suggesting that you find out who your representatives are if you don’t know already. Go to http://legis.wisconsin.gov/ Toward the right-hand side of the page, you'll see the words "Find my Legislators." Underneath, there is a space to enter your address. Type in your complete home address and click "Find." You will see a map of your legislative district and photos of your representative and senator in the Wisconsin State Legislature. The Assembly information is right below that.
By clicking on your representative’s name, you can contact him or her directly through that site. Take some time to send a “Valentine” to let them know how important the additional funding is for gifted education in Wisconsin. You could also choose to call their hotline. Every new contact will be counted! Please be part of the count!
Let’s let our representatives know that we care about our gifted kids! If you contact them and want to share your story, please feel free to let us know! We’d love to hear from you!
It’s that time of year again when we lay down our resolutions for the new year ahead. I went back to my resolutions from January 2018, and I have to say that I did well on all of them except one. The exercise program that I began early in the year dwindled out by the end of summer. Fall 2018 was not stellar for me with exercising. But the great news about not reaching my goal is that I can have a do- over. That is the beauty of new beginnings.
This morning I reset my Fitbit and downloaded a calorie counter app onto my phone. I’m actually quite excited about the plans I have for my personal fitness goals. Moreover, my professional goals have me looking forward to some exciting chapters as well.
Perhaps you have composed a list of resolutions for this new year… or at least for January?
Last year I sent out a list of possible resolutions for WATG newsletter followers and I decided that it would be alright to resurrect them, remembering that the beauty of a new year is the ability to have a do-over, either because something went well or because you fell short.
In my menu of resolutions that follow, I invite you to choose one, two, or…? All? This is an opportunity for all of us to focus on the needs of gifted children in our state.
If you had an opportunity to read my newsletter blog for December, you will perhaps understand gifted education as the “Tiny Tim” that needs your strength and resources. These are just a few ways in which you can make a difference in the lives of Wisconsin’s gifted children (Tiny Tim’s).
Wishing you and yours a peace-filled and gratifying new year. May ALL your resolutions become reality with your faithful perseverance.
From the President
"At the beginning of the training process for gifted and regular classroom teachers, they need to learn the skills of the trade."