Welcome to the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2018 ITAG Annual Conference as a presenter or attendee!
Save these 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
October is Gifted Education Awareness Month! Thanks to Governor Kim Reynolds for the proclamation! Celebrate all that is wonderful about teaching, parenting, and being a gifted student in Iowa with ITAG’s Gifted Awareness Month suggested activities. Share your activities on social media and tag us in the fun! Be sure to attend the annual conference (details below) as part of the October celebration.
Advocacy tips and handouts from ITAG
ITAG had a chance to visit with administrators about gifted education at the August 2018 School Administrators of Iowa Conference. We’re sharing the handouts we had at the booth so that you, too, can share these handouts with your administrators, school board members, and other gifted stakeholders.
Prioritize Gifted Programming Funding Handout with note from ITAG (a reprint from the Spring 2018 ITAG Newsletter)
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.
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