2019 ITAG Conference
October 13-15, 2019
Registration is open for ITAG’s Fall 2019 Conference!
Visit the 2019 Fall Conference page for more information!
With keynote presenters Lisa Van Gemert (Monday, October 14) and Deb Douglas (Tuesday, October 15).
Sunday pre-conference on early identification with Dr. Sally Beisser- more information and registration here
Parent Day, Sunday October 13, 1:00PM-5:00PM, with keynote presenter Dr. Brandi Klepper, breakout session speakers including Arlene DeVries and Dr. Sally Beisser, exhibitors, and a resource fair. Registration coming soon for Parent Day! Registration is now open for tables at the Parent Day Resource Fair.
Other professional learning opportunities
We are looking for exhibitors and sponsors for the conference! Get your name in front of hundreds of teachers and register today!
2019 Award Nominations
Recognize excellence in gifted education by submitting a 2019 ITAG award nomination. Submit nominations to ITAG at email@example.com by the August 15, 2019 deadline. Awards will be presented at ITAG’s Fall Conference in October.
ITAG at IASB Fiscal Management Conference
On Wednesday, July 17, ITAG will present at the Iowa Association of School Boards Fiscal Management Conference with Rosanne Malek, Consultant for Gifted and Talented and the Iowa Department of Education.
Here are links to the handouts we’ll be sharing for our presentation In the Service of Gifted Students: Developing and Maintaining Quality Gifted Programming with State Funding:
Additional helpful information from the Iowa DE Gifted and Talented page:
Carryforward amount for FY18. Look in Column G for gifted carryfoward.
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 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.
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