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 2015 ITAG Annual Conference- The Core Challenge: Building Options and Breaking Barriers, October 18-20

conference pic Join us for the 2015 ITAG Annual Conference, October 18-20, 2015, at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines.  Conference registration is open. Keynote presenters are Dr. Jonathan Plucker (Monday, October 19) and Dr. Tamra Stambaugh (Tuesday, October 20).

Parent Night presentation. Parents and the public are invited to attend the free Monday Parent Night presentation with Dr. Debra Mishak.  Registration requested.

Pre-conference best-practice sessions.  ITAG is presenting two special Sunday evening pre-conference sessions on best practices.  Register to attend the 90-minute in-depth presentations on MTSS…It Works for Gifted, Right? (with Mary Schmidt, Dr. Sally Beisser, and Dr. Deb Mishak) or Developing K-12 Scope and Sequence Using NAGC Standards (with the Muscatine Community School District administration and staff).

Lodging.  Book your hotel room by October 5, 2015, at the Airport Holiday Inn at the special rate of $92 plus taxes per night. Ask the hotel staff for the ITAG room rate.

Governor Branstad Declares Gifted Education Week in Iowa, October 18-24

Governor Branstad has issued a proclamation declaring that October 18-24, 2015, is Gifted Education Week in Iowa. We will celebrate the Gifted Education Week when we gather in Des Moines for the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association Annual Conference on October 19-20, 2015. The proclamation reads:


Gifted Ed Week proclamation 2015P R O C L A M A T I O N

WHEREAS,    Iowa’s talented and gifted learners have unique and diverse needs that deserve to be recognized, supported, and respected; and

WHEREAS,    informed educational professionals, parents, policy makers, and all other stakeholders can advocate appropriately for the benefit of talented and gifted learners; and

WHEREAS,    through education, we can strengthen and encourage the recognition and implementation of practices that support identification of talented and gifted learners and accommodation of the social, emotional, and intellectual levels; and

WHEREAS,    students ultimately benefit from increased opportunities for collaboration and cooperation among all stakeholders with the goal of advancing the abilities and developing the potential of talented and gifted learners; and

WHEREAS,    the 43rd Iowa Talented and Gifted Association Annual Conference will be held October 19-20, 2015:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terry E. Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim October 18-24, 2015, as


throughout the state of Iowa.

 ITAG Newsletter

Visit the newsletter page to download the fall issue of the ITAG newsletter. This issue features a lead article on rural students who are gifted, by Dr. Tamra Stambaugh, the keynote speaker on Tuesday at the 2015 ITAG conference; all the conference information you’ll need; and, an article to help parents know what questions to ask of schools.