Welcome to the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association
ITAG’s 2018 Annual Fall Conference
October 14-16, Airport Holiday Inn, Des Moines
Teaming for Gifted: School-Home-Community
Pre-conference session on the MTSS Guide for Advanced Learners! Join us for a special pre-conference session on Sunday, October 14, 1:00 PM–5:30 PM on the MTSS Guide to Advanced Learners. This session intended for teams from your district (curriculum coordinators, administrators, classroom teachers, counselors, and teachers of the gifted and talented) to learn how to implement MTSS for advanced learners. Credit available through the University of Iowa. Register here for the MTSS pre-conference session!
It’s conference time! Monday, October 15–Tuesday 16! with Dr. Scott Peters speaking on excellence gaps, identification, and district plans; Dr. Kristofor Wiley on student boredom, engaging the whole learner, defensible programs, and rigorous curriculum; and sessions with expert educators from throughout the state! Stay tuned for more details on game night, a book club, and getting your superpowers on! Register here for the conference!
Parent Night! Monday evening, October 15 with Dr. Kristofor Wiley, Boredom and Creativity in the Gifted Child, with opportunities for parent networking.
Be an exhibitor at the conference! Registration is open for vendors and exhibitors. New vendor location this year: all booths will be in the conference center!
Sponsorship opportunities! Get your business name in front of the conference attendees. Contact Maureen Marron, firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss how you can support Iowa’s gifted teachers.
Check out the latest ITAG news in the Spring Newsletter. This issue include an article on developing priorities and a budget for a gifted program, perspectives on teacher 2e learners, updates on the work on ITAG’s committees, nomination forms for awards, and more!
Advocacy is more important than ever! Here are some tips
Advocacy is vital to strong and successful gifted education programs and services. Every voice has an impact. If you want to advocate but aren’t sure how to get started, ITAG now has some tips for advocacy at local, state, and federal levels in this new resource: ITAG Advocacy Tips. You can use this resource as a stand-alone guide or in conjunction with NAGC’s new resource on advocacy at the federal level: Intro to Gifted Advocacy.
ITAG Mentoring Program
The ITAG mentoring program matches experienced gifted teachers with teachers getting started in the field. Mentoring support is provided on an “as needed” basis by email or through school visits. Past participants have appreciated learning about gifted and the law, budgets, curriculum, best practices, etc. Evaluations have indicated both mentors and mentees benefit from this partnership.
We are also looking for mentors! If you would like to guide a person new to gifted, please send your name and email address to Carol Boyce, ITAG board member, at email@example.com. You are needed!
ITAG’s recommended books
Looking for some books to bring some new ideas to your TAG programming and services? to learn more about MTSS (RtI) and gifted? twice-exceptional learners? Check out our list of ITAG recommended books 2017
Consider purchasing these books through smile.amazon.com. When you select Iowa Talented and Gifted Association as your nonprofit of choice or use ITAG’s unique charity link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/42-1127989, ITAG receives some money in return.
Shop at AmazonSmile, share with ITAG!
ITAG is now registered with AmazonSmile, a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.
When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you can select Iowa Talented and Gifted Association as your nonprofit of choice. Or, you can use ITAG’s unique charity link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/
ITAG membership is included with conference registration for the following January-December. If you attended the 2017 ITAG conference, your membership is current for 2018. Has your ITAG membership lapsed? Please renew at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/itag-annual-membership-registration-5634017498