Welcome to the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association

Identifying and Serving Underrepresented Students in Gifted Programs

ITAG’s Spring Workshop, April 17, 2019

Registration is open for ITAG’s Spring 2019 workshop Identifying and Serving Underrepresented Students in Gifted Programs, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 8AM–4PM, at the Central Rivers AEA in Cedar Falls.

Join guest presenter Tamra Stambaugh from Vanderbilt University for a day of professional learning on identification and curriculum for low-income and potentially gifted learners. Presenters in afternoon breakout sessions will focus on gifted rural students and other underrepresented groups.

You can find more information here.

Legislative Updates for the 88th General Assembly, 2019 Session

Iowa lawmakers returned to the state Capitol on Monday, January 14, 2019  for the start of a new session. Paula Feltner and Mike Heller, ITAG’s lobbyists, again will represent ITAG’s interests in Des Moines. Each week during the session, Paula and Mike provide ITAG with a weekly report. Those reports will be posted here and shared with gifted advocates. Contact ITAG if you have questions about a bill.

Local advocacy is critical for protecting gifted education.  Start your gifted advocacy by connecting with your state senator and state representative. You can FIND YOUR LEGISLATOR at https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/find. Subscribe to your legislators’ newsletter to learn when forums will be held and to stay updated on their policy positions. Find out if your legislators serve on the House or Senate Education Committee or Education Appropriations Subcommittee here.

Save the Date for the 2019 ITAG Annual Conference

ITAG’s annual fall conference is Sunday-Tuesday, October 13-15, 2019, at the Airport Holiday Inn, Des Moines. Keynote presenters for this year’s conference are Lisa Van Gemert and Deb Douglas. Watch for more details about a Sunday pre-conference, Parent Day, and other professional learning opportunities.

Developing a Gifted Budget

In the spring 2018 ITAG Newsletter, ITAG shared an article from Rosanne Malek, Gifted and Talented Consultant at the Iowa Department of Education, titled Prioritize Gifted Programming Funding Handout to give districts a suggested process for assessing gifted programming and then developing a budget (using categorical gifted and talented funding) to support the district’s priorities. A complementary resource that districts and TAG teachers can use is the slide deck from Ms. Malek’s presentation at the 2018 ITAG conference titled Developing a Gifted Budget is a Super Power. (Both documents are posted with permission.)

Advocacy tips and handouts from ITAG

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.

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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 (and you’re not attending the 2018 conference)? Please renew at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/itag-annual-membership-registration-5634017498