Welcome to the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association
Save the Date: Workshop on Twice Exceptionality
Central Rivers AEA, Cedar Falls
Friday, April 13–Saturday April 14
Training educators to meet the academic and affective needs of twice exceptional students is a critical need in Iowa. ITAG’s spring workshop for gifted and special needs educators and administrators will assist district teams in developing plans to address these challenges and to learn instructional approaches that emphasize rigor. Teachers and all educational personnel can benefit from professional development on the characteristics and performance of twice exceptional students, which will increase the probability that these students will be identified and appropriately served with both gifted and special education services. Each team attending will leave with a district plan draft for serving twice exceptional students as well as strategies designed to provide appropriate classroom instruction.
Presenters include Megan Foley-Nicpon from the University of Iowa, Rebecca Lopez and Julie MacKissock from Cherry Creek School District, Greenwood Village, Colorado, and local presenters in breakout sessions.
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.
What can your district do with carryover funds? Here are some possibilities: hire additional TAG staff, provide in-house gifted PD, allow travel to gifted conferences and workshops, and/or purchase materials for the gifted program. The Iowa Department of Education has a useful FAQ on gifted funding and its uses: https://www.educateiowa.gov/documents/gifted-and-talented/2016/07/gifted-and-talented-faqs.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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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? Please renew at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/itag-annual-membership-registration-5634017498