Welcome to the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association
Developing a Gifted Budget
In the spring 2018 ITAG Newsletter, ITAG shared an article from Rosanne Malek, Gifted and Talented Consultant at the Iowa Department of Education, titled Prioritize Gifted Programming Funding Handout to give districts a suggested process for assessing gifted programming and then developing a budget (using categorical gifted and talented funding) to support the district’s priorities. A complementary resource that districts and TAG teachers can use is the slide deck from Ms. Malek’s presentation at the 2018 ITAG conference titled Developing a Gifted Budget is a Super Power. (Both documents are posted with permission.)
Advocacy tips and handouts from ITAG
Acceleration Guidelines short (from http://www.accelerationinstitute.org/Resources/Policy_Guidelines/)
Gifted and Talented FAQ (from the Iowa DE Gifted and Talented page: https://educateiowa.gov/pk-12/advanced-learning-opportunities/gifted-talented)
Anyone interested in how their district is budgeting for the gifted and talented program can find the information on gifted carryforward amounts (from 16-17) and current year (18-19) budget allocations on the Iowa DE website.
Advocacy is vital to strong and successful gifted education programs and services. 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.
Save these professional development dates for 2019
Workshop on underrepresented students with Tamra Stambaugh, April 17, 2019, Central Rivers AEA, Cedar Falls
2019 ITAG Annual Conference, October 13-15, Airport Holiday Inn, Des Moines
We loved celebrating Gifted Education Awareness Month in October! You can keep celebrating all that is wonderful about teaching, parenting, and being a gifted student in Iowa with ITAG’s Gifted Awareness Month suggested activities.
Ways to Support ITAG
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 (and you’re not attending the 2018 conference)? Please renew at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/itag-annual-membership-registration-5634017498