Charlotte began taking notes when a parent was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She was urged to share her writings with a larger audience and published her first book. As a teacher of gifted students, she noticed a similar structure of support was in play. Both groups did not have a voice…
For populations without voice or power
their well-being depends on a three-legged stool of family, professionals, and advocates. A family member, a teacher, and then an advocate, Charlotte found her niche working as a bridge of support between the three legs of the stool. She continues to write and advocate for both groups.
She advocated with state lawmakers:
“Charlotte is my most trusted advisor in the gifted child arena in education…”
Washington State Senator Ann Rivers
My Writing Blog
July, 2022 IntroductionIn 2001 a federal law commonly called No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was passed. It prioritized getting our lowest students to grade level benchmarks. Districts are evaluated by this. In some districts teachers are evaluated by this. Local...
By Charlotte A. Akin, M.Ed.October, 2021In 2009 Washington State included highly capable students as part of basic educations, saying that for these students “access to an accelerated pace and enhanced learning” was, in fact, basic education for these students....
August, 2020 For the past few years I have advocated with the Washington Coalition for Gifted Education on an equity bill for “highly capable” programs. The bill mandates universal screening in districts for gifted learners and strengthens teacher preparation....