Welcome to the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association

ITAG’s 2017 Annual Conference


Embracing Giftedness: See Me, Understand Me, Teach Me, Challenge Me
October 15-17, 2017
Airport Holiday Inn, Des Moines


There’s still time to register at https://itag2017_conference_registration.eventbrite.com

See http://www.iowatag.org/conference/2017-itag-conference/ for more details

The schedule of sessions is available this year through sched.com, a new app that ITAG is piloting. Use this link to access the conference schedule: itag2017conference.sched.com. Those who prefer a PDF schedule can find one at Schedule at a Glance (Sept_20). Note that the sched.com information will be updated more often than the PDF.

Additional links to help you plan your conference experience:

Pre-conference workshop on acceleration | Annual conference | Parent Night | Book discussion | Hotel | Cancellation & Refunds | Conference shirts | Vendors and Exhibitors

Links to registration pages

Pre-conference workshop on acceleration with Dr. Susan Assouline (more details in ITAG pre-conference session on acceleration). Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pre-conference-workshop-on-academic-acceleration-tickets-37100929880

Annual conferencehttps://itag2017_conference_registration.eventbrite.com

Parent Night with keynote presentation from Dr. Brian Housand (more details in 2017 ITAG Parent Meeting Invitation Flier). Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parent-night-2017-itag-conference-tickets-36814362750

Book discussion group of Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper– Information and registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-discussion-2017-itag-conference-tickets-36835618326

Fall newsletter

ITAG’s fall newsletter is out! Get your copy here: Fall 17 ITAG newsletter.

Advocacy is more important than ever! Here are some tips

Advocacy is vital to strong and successful gifted education programs and services. Every voice has an impact. 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.

Funding for gifted education in the 2017-2018 school year

There were a number of changes to education funding in the 2017 legislative session. ITAG is sharing this handout to help answer questions about gifted funding. For more information, including links to 2017-2018 gifted and talented allocations and carryover gifted and talented funds, see Legislative update: Funding for gifted education in the 2017-2018 school year.


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!

ITAG’s recommended books

Looking for some books to bring some new ideas to your TAG programming and services? to learn more about MTSS (RtI) and gifted? twice-exceptional learners? Check out our list of ITAG recommended books 2017

Consider purchasing these books through smile.amazon.com. When you select Iowa Talented and Gifted Association as your nonprofit of choice or use ITAG’s unique charity link:  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/42-1127989, ITAG receives some money in return.

Shop at AmazonSmile, share with ITAG!

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 2016 ITAG conference, your membership is current for 2017.  Has your ITAG membership lapsed? Please renew at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/itag-annual-membership-registration-5634017498