Welcome to the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association


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


  • Sunday, October 15– day-long workshop on academic acceleration with Dr. Susan Assouline, Director of the University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education
  • Monday, October 16–  keynote speaker Dr. Brian Housand, East Carolina University
  • Tuesday, October 17 – keynote speaker Dr. Clar Baldus from the University of Iowa.
  • Call for proposals for breakout sessions- available here and on page 9 of the newsletter


Nominations for 2017 ITAG Awards

Consider nominating a colleague or an administrator for a 2017 ITAG Awards.  Nomination forms are available for 2017 Administrator of the Year, 2017 Distinguished Service Award, and ITAG Research Award Grant.

Nominations are due by May 31.



The public comment period on the Iowa Department of Education’s first draft of the state ESSA plan will close on February 15

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.

Advocates can give input by 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.

Read the Winter 2017 issue of the ITAG Newsletter

Highlights include:

~ Call for Presenters for 2017 conference

~ Pictures from the 2016 conference

~ Welcome to new board members




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