Welcome to the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association

2016 ITAG Conference

Nurturing the Development of the Whole Gifted Child

October 17-18, 2016

Holiday Inn Airport and Conference Center, Des Moines


Registration is open for the 2016 ITAG conference!

With 2016 ITAG Conference Logokeynote presenters Dr. Jim Delisle and Dr. Patricia Gatto Walden, breakout sessions from educators, and an exhibit hall.  Special guests on Monday, October 17:  Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. David Young, who will be recognized for their support for gifted education in federal education law.

Register at https://itag2016annualconference.eventbrite.com/

Register by September 30 to avoid paying a $25.00 late fee.

Reserve your hotel room at the Airport Holiday Inn (6111 Fleur Dr., Des Moines, IA 50321) at the conference rate of $95 + tax per night.  Indicate that you are with the ITAG conference for the rate.  Reserve your room by October 2, 2016 to receive the conference rate.

Parent Night with Jim Delisle– Monday, October 17, 7:00 PM.  This event is free and open to the public but please register and select RSVP FREE – Monday night Parent Night so we know to expect you. Dr. Delisle will hold a book signing following his presentation. Feel free to print and share copies of the Parent Night presentation flyer:  ITAG Parent Night with Jim Delisle

Get an early start on your conference with a Sunday evening session!  Pre-conference talk with Ian Byrd of Byrdseed, LLC– Sunday, October 16, 7:00 PM, at the Airport Holiday Inn. Ian will speak on how we can help gifted students with the struggles they face.  This event is free but please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/xbEe054wK2dfTYLT2 so we know to expect you.  Feel free to print and share copies of the pre-conference flyer: Byrd 2016 Pre-conference

For more information: http://www.iowatag.org/events/itag-conference/.

For a draft schedule of the conference: itag2016conferencebookletdraft

If you are interested in an exhibit booth, contact ITAG directly at info@iowatag.org.

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-11-57-19-amRead the Fall 2016 issue of the ITAG Newsletter

Highlights include:

~ Information about the ITAG 2016 conference, including an article from Dr. Jim Delisle, keynote speakers

~ Links for voting for new members of ITAG’s Board of Directors

~ An article on differentiation


US_Capitol_from_NWCurious about what ESSA means for gifted education in your district and in Iowa?

The gifted community has been celebrating the inclusion of gifted education in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal education bill that replaces No Child Left Behind. Now, along with the celebrating, it’s time to begin the advocacy work.  What do you need to know about ESSA and gifted education? What can you do as an advocate in your district or in Iowa? NAGC has two documents that will get you started:

– Review the NAGC action planning suggestions.