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Mark your calendars now for the ITAG 2017 conference

Embracing Giftedness: See Me, Understand Me, Teach Me, Challenge Me

October 15-17, 2017

Holiday Inn Des Moines-Airport Conference Center

The National Association for Gifted Children’s new public awareness campaign– Giftedness Knows No Boundaries– builds understanding, forms positive attitudes, and inspires action in support of gifted and talented children. ITAG’s 2017 conference adopts the themes of this campaign: Embracing Giftedness: See Me, Understand Me, Teach Me, Challenge Me.

Proposals for breakout sessions will be available soon, along with details about featured and keynote speakers.  Plan to join us on Sunday for two events: a day-long workshop on academic acceleration and evening activities. More to come…

Gifted education advocates: Give your input on the first draft of Iowa’s ESSA plan

The Iowa Department of Education released its first draft for the state’s ESSA plan on Friday, January 6. The draft is available at https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/every-student-succeeds-act.

It is vital that gifted education advocates give input on aspects of how well the state plan does or does not meet the learning needs of gifted students and the professional development needs of teachers and administrators.

The DE is holding public forums to gather input on the draft plan at different locations around the state between January 9 and January 19. The locations are listed at https://www.educateiowa.gov/documents/pk-12/2017/01/draft-state-plan-essa. All meetings begin at 5 PM. Each listening post has a video conference option for those who cannot attend in person.

Advocates can give input by attending the sessions in person or by video conference, completing an online survey, by submitting email at ESSA@iowa.gov, or by sending mail to Iowa Department of Education, Attn: Deputy Director David Tilly/ESSA Feedback, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., Des Moines, IA 50319-0146.  The DE says that comments will be considered in a revised draft of Iowa’s ESSA plan, which is expected in May.

Curious about TAG funding in your district?

Read “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Gifted and Talented Funding and Uses” from the Iowa Department of Education. TAG budgets are public information. Those who wish to request their district’s budget can ask the person with the title of “board secretary.” This person is the legal custodian of all records of the district.  Usually, this person is also the School Business Official.

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-11-57-19-amRead the Fall 2016 issue of the ITAG Newsletter

Highlights include:

~ Information about the ITAG 2016 conference, including an article from Dr. Jim Delisle, keynote speaker

~ An article on differentiation