How can I get involved with FLAG?
Thank you for considering to get involved with FLAG. Our goal is to support year-round advocacy efforts to protect the interests of gifted students, provide support for regional activities and events, formulate and/or support policy related to issues of funding, endorsement, and regulations concerning gifted education, and promote the development of innovative programs at the school level. There is a lot to do and we need members to help forward our goal. Because of these ongoing collaborative efforts, there are several ways to get involved especially for members.
Start by becoming our friend on Facebook to connect with families and educators, and learn more about important dates and articles pertaining to Florida's gifted children.
Members can take active roles in FLAG among other benefits by joining one of our committees. Committees are valuable vehicles used to accomplish much in a non-profit organization, such as FLAG. What’s more, committees provide opportunities for us to foster and develop talent to keep the leadership pipeline full and ultimately forwarding FLAG's goal. Involving more members, allowing volunteers to use their specialized skills or interests, and addressing advocacy efforts in right-sized groups make committees a very real asset. If interested, the following committees are open to volunteer members:
The Committee will make arrangements for statewide events and the FLAG annual conference. Duties of the committee will include identifying sites for events, deciding on event themes, managing menus, and coordinating details of the event with a conference planner as applicable.
The Committee will be involved in influencing the legislation at the local, state and federal level as directed by the Executive Board. The committee will work on issues consistent with the mission of FLAG. This influence may occur through preparation of information pages or testimony. The Advocacy committee will assist in coordinating the organizations annual "Advocacy Days" at the State Capitol.
Public Relations Committee
The Committee will solicit, review, and disseminate information pertinent to the field of gifted. The committee will also be responsible for marketing and dispersing information regarding FLAG events and activities. The committee will design and create electronic and/or print resources including the FLAG Newsletter, FLAG website, banners, flyers, etc. The Committee shall advise and/or coordinate technology applications and requirements for FLAG’s meetings and events, as deemed necessary and/or effective.
The Committee will update and revise the Bylaws as deemed appropriate with changes proposed by the Board. Changes shall be submitted to the President and the Executive Board for ratification.
The Committee shall consist of at least two members of FLAG who are engaged in training teachers of the gifted. The Chairperson shall be designated by the President with the approval of the Executive Board. It will be the function of the Education Committee to develop and/or review online training, monitor and review professional standards for gifted educations, review the evaluation of the Annual Conference, and provide input to the President-Elect for planning the theme and program for present and future annual conferences. Through its activities, the committee shall strive to foster sensitivity, understanding and increased knowledge of the special attributes of Florida’s diverse gifted population.
Membership Involvement Committee
The Committee shall consist of at least three members of FLAG including one parent representative, one teacher representative, and one Region Coordinator. It shall be the function of this Committee to collaborate with Region Coordinators on membership, oversee the FLAG Awards process, including nominations, selection, and presentation, provide assistance to existing gifted support groups, and serve as liaison for FLAG to parents and teachers of gifted students, as well as the others in the community at large.