Welcome to the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association

ITAG’s 2018 Annual Fall Conference

Teaming for Gifted: School-Home-Community

October 14-16, Airport Holiday Inn, Des Moines

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.

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.


Spring Newsletter

Check out the latest ITAG news in the Spring Newsletter. This issue include an article on developing priorities and a budget for a gifted program, perspectives on teacher 2e learners, updates on the work on ITAG’s committees, nomination forms for awards, and more!




ITAG Mentoring Program

The ITAG mentoring program matches experienced gifted teachers with teachers getting started in the field. Mentoring support is provided on an “as needed” basis by email or through school visits. Past participants have appreciated learning about gifted and the law, budgets, curriculum, best practices, etc. Evaluations have indicated both mentors and mentees benefit from this partnership.

We are also looking for mentors! If you would like to guide a person new to gifted, please send your name and email address to Carol Boyce, ITAG board member, at carolwoodboyce@gmail.com. You are needed!

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ITAG is now registered with AmazonSmile, a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you can select Iowa Talented and Gifted Association as your nonprofit of choice. Or, you can use ITAG’s unique charity link:  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/42-1127989

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? Please renew at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/itag-annual-membership-registration-5634017498