October is Gifted Education Awareness Month in Iowa! See the Gifted Education Awareness Month Proclamation signed by Governor Kim Reynolds.  ITAG has prepared a list of 2019 Gifted Awareness Month Suggested Activities in line with our mission objectives of recognizing, supporting, and respecting the unique and diverse needs of talented and gifted learners through advocacy, education, and networking.

What are you doing to celebrate? Share your ideas and activities with ITAG!


2019 ITAG Conference


October 13-15, 2019
Airport Holiday Inn, Des Moines

We’re excited to see you for ITAG 2019! Plan your sessions and view the ITAG 2019 schedule on Sched

Late registration is now open for ITAG’s Fall 2019 Conference

Visit the 2019 Fall Conference page for more conference and pre-conference information!

There’s still time to register for Parent Day 2019: Parent Day registration. View the schedule.


Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities Through ITAG

SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator Training
Become a facilitator for SENG Model Parent Support Groups and support the social-emotional needs of gifted students and their families.
Friday, Nov 15, 2019, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM, and a two-hour online meeting in the week following training. Register by Nov. 1.
Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Johnston, IA
Cost: $400.00 per person
More information and registration at https://sengtraining.eventbrite.com

ITAG Spring 2020 Workshop
Equity and Culturally Sensitive Pedagogies in Gifted Education with Dr. Joy Lawson Davis and Dr. Erinn Fears Floyd
Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Cost: $160.00 per person
More information at http://www.iowatag.org/conferences/spring-2020-workshop/. Registration at https://spring2020equityworkshop.eventbrite.com


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.)


Ways to Support ITAG

Support ITAG through your membership, as a Friend of ITAG, and through online shopping with AmazonSmile and Giving Assistant.

ITAG membership is included with conference registration for the following January-December. If you are registered for the 2019 ITAG conference, you are an ITAG for 2020.  If you are not attending the 2019 conference, please continue to support ITAG and renew your membership for 2020 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/itag-annual-membership-registration-5634017498