Welcome to the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association


US_Capitol_from_NWA great time for gifted education!  Thank you, Senator Grassley!  Thank you, Rep. Young!

For the first time ever, gifted education is in federal education law! President Obama’s signature on December 10 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the K-12 education law that replaces No Child Left Behind, includes several provisions that support gifted and talented students.  See the NAGC ESSA page for information on how the bill language will impact gifted education. 

The gifted education provisions in ESSA came from the TALENT Act.  Senator Chuck Grassley was the Republican sponsor of the TALENT Act in the U.S. Senate, in addition to being a longtime, dedicated champion for gifted students.  Thank you, Senator Grassley! If you wish to thank Senator Grassley, you can submit a comment through his website.

Representative David Young (Iowa’s 3rd district) was the Republican sponsor of the TALENT Act in the U.S. House.  Thank you, Rep. Young! If you live in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional district, you can submit a thank you message through Rep. Young’s website.

logo NAGC webinar on ESSA, Thursday, December 17, 12:00 PM central

Join NAGC Director of Public Education Jane Clarenbach and NAGC Executive Director M. René Islas for a conversation and Q&A about the gifted education provisions in ESSA.  Here is the link to the YouTube page where the live streaming will appear on Thursday, December 17, @ 1:00 PM EST (12:00 PM Iowa time).

If you are unable to join the webinar live,  know that the webinar will be archived for viewing at another time.

2016 ITAG Conference LogoMake plans now to join us on Monday and Tuesday, October 17 & 18, for the 2016 Annual Conference: Nurturing the Development of the Whole Gifted Child at the Holiday Inn Des Moines-Airport Conference Center. Now Calling for Breakout Session Presenters! Click here for more information and the proposal form.


youngscholarsconfwebSAVE THE DATE! 

2016 ITAG Young Scholars Conference, April 14, 2016, at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Details will be posted soon.


conference picThank you for making the 2015 ITAG Annual Conference a success!

ITAG hosted the inaugural Iowa Legacy Interview at the 2015 conference.  Watch the interview with our honoree Arlene DeVries.



ITAG Newsletter

Visit the newsletter page to download the fall issue of the ITAG newsletter. This issue features a lead article on rural students who are gifted, by Dr. Tamra Stambaugh, keynote speaker at the 2015 ITAG conference; all the conference information you’ll need; and, an article to help parents know what questions to ask of schools.