Welcome to the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association

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2019 ITAG Annual Conference

Sunday-Tuesday, October 13-15, 2019

Airport Holiday Inn, Des Moines, Iowa


Call for Breakout Session Proposals is Now Open!

Share your practices, recommendations, and ideas with colleagues! Submit your breakout session proposal through this link or use the QR code to access the form. The deadline for submitting proposals is May 31, 2019.

Join 2019 keynote presenters Lisa Van Gemert (Monday, October 14) and Deb Douglas (Tuesday, October, 15).

Watch for more details

  • Sunday pre-conference on early identification with Dr. Sally Beisser

  • Parent Day with keynote presenter Dr. Brandi Klepper

  • Other professional learning opportunities

Learn more about our confirmed presenters at the 2019 Fall Conference page.

Legislative Updates, 2019 Session

ITAG’s lobbyists Paula Feltner and Mike Heller provide ITAG with a weekly report during the session. Those reports will be posted here. Contact ITAG if you have questions about a bill.

Although the 2019  session is coming to a close, legislators are still holding forums. Continue making visit to these forums and visiting with your legislator about gifted education.

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

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 revised resource: gifted advocacy 2019. You can use this resource as a stand-alone guide or in conjunction with NAGC’s resource on advocacy at the federal level: Intro to Gifted Advocacy.

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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