Welcome to the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association
State Legislative Update- Iowa DE Gifted Consultant Position Restored to 1.0 FTE
ITAG is pleased to share the news that the gifted consultant position at the Iowa Department of Education has been restored to one full-time position! With Governor Branstad’s signature of House File 658 on July 2, Iowa Code Section 257.42 now reads that the Iowa Department of Education “shall employ one full-time qualified staff member or consultant for gifted and talented children programs.” Thank you ITAG members and friends for your advocacy! Thank you also to Paula Feltner and Mike Heller, ITAG’s lobbyists, for their tireless efforts all session on our behalf.
Federal Legislative Update- U.S. Rep. David Young co-sponsors TALENT Act
U. S. Rep. David Young, representing Iowa’s 3rd district, introduced the TALENT Act in the U.S. House of Representatives on July 7. Rep. Young is co-sponsor of the bill with Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat from Colorado. The bipartisan To Aid Gifted and High-Ability Learners by Empowering the Nation’s Teachers (TALENT) Act is aimed at identifying outstanding students and addressing the persistent challenges that impede school districts from providing appropriate services to talented students. Read the NAGC press release. The Senate version of the TALENT Act was introduced in February by Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Thank you Rep. Young and Sen. Grassley for your support of gifted education!
Seeking New Board Members
Do you want to be involved in gifted education? Consider nominating a colleague or yourself to ITAG’s board of directors. More details here.
2015 ITAG Annual Conference- The Core Challenge: Building Options and Breaking Barriers
Join us for the 2015 ITAG Annual Conference, October 19-20, 2015, at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines. Keynote presenters are Dr. Jonathan Plucker and Dr. Tamra Stambaugh. Dr. Plucker will address how gifted education fits in the Common Core State Standards and the Iowa Core. Dr. Stambaugh will present on rural gifted learners, and low-income gifted learners, and CCSS. Parents and the public are invited to attend the Parent Night presentation with Dr. Debra Mishak. Stay tuned for more details about a Sunday pre-conference event. Visit the Administrator page for nomination forms for the ITAG Distinguished Service Award, Administrator Award, and Research Award.
2015 SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator Training- Class is full!
Thank you for your interest in this year’s SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator Training at the Heartland AEA 11, August 13–August 14, 2015. Registration is closed – Class is full. Click here for the 2015 SENG training flier and here for additional information.
Visit the newsletter page to download the spring/summer issue of the ITAG newsletter featuring a lead article on gifted and CCSS by Dr. Jonathan Plucker, a keynote speaker at the 2015 ITAG conference.