2019 ITAG Conference

October 13-15, 2019
Airport Holiday Inn, Des Moines

Registration is open for ITAG’s Fall 2019 Conference!

Visit the 2019 Fall Conference page for more information!

With keynote presenters Lisa Van Gemert (Monday, October 14) and Deb Douglas (Tuesday, October 15).

  • Sunday pre-conference on early identification with Dr. Sally Beisser- more information and registration here

  • Parent Day, Sunday October 13, 1:00PM-5:00PM, with keynote presenter Dr. Brandi Klepper, breakout session speakers including Arlene DeVries and Dr. Sally Beisser, exhibitors, and a resource fair. Registration coming soon for Parent Day! Registration is now open for tables at the Parent Day Resource Fair.

  • Other professional learning opportunities

We are looking for exhibitors and sponsors for the conference! Get your name in front of hundreds of teachers and register today!

2019 Award Nominations

Recognize excellence in gifted education by submitting a 2019 ITAG award nomination. Submit nominations to ITAG at info@iowatag.org by the August 15, 2019 deadline. Awards will be presented at ITAG’s Fall Conference in October.

ITAG Distinguished Service Award 2019

Outstanding Community Member Award ITAG 2019

Outstanding Classroom Teacher Award ITAG 2019

ITAG Administrator of the Year Award 2019

Outstanding Parent Award ITAG 2019

ITAG at IASB Fiscal Management Conference

On Wednesday, July 17, ITAG will present at the Iowa Association of School Boards Fiscal Management Conference with Rosanne Malek, Consultant for Gifted and Talented and the Iowa Department of Education.

Here are links to the handouts we’ll be sharing for our presentation In the Service of Gifted Students: Developing and Maintaining Quality Gifted Programming with State Funding:

Developing a Gifted Budget for handouts

Prioritize Gifted Programming Funding Handout

Multi-Tiered System of Support Guide for Advance Learner 10-2018pdf

How school boards can impact gifted and talented

Ten Things All Administrators Should Know About Gifted Children


Additional helpful information from the Iowa DE Gifted and Talented page:

Carryforward amount for FY18. Look in Column G for gifted carryfoward.

Allocated funds for 2019-2020

Gifted and Talented FAQs

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 revised resource: gifted advocacy 2019. You can use this resource as a stand-alone guide or in conjunction with NAGC’s 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





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