2018 ITAG Annual Conference

Teaming for Gifted: School-Home-Community

October 14-16, 2018

Airport Holiday Inn Des Moines-Airport Conference Center


Start making your conference plans with the ITAG 2018 CONFERENCE BOOKLET (DRAFT). We will have print copies at the conference and soon will have all details on Sched.

Upcoming deadlines:

  • To receive the conference rate ($99/night + taxes) at the Airport Holiday Inn, rooms must be reserved by September 30. Call the hotel directly to book your room.

  • Orders for conference shirts must be placed by noon on September 28. Shop your options here and get your order in!

Quick links to help you plan your conference experience

Pre-conference workshop on MTSS & Advanced Learners | Annual conferenceConference shirtsParent Night | Game Night|Book discussion | Hotel | Cancellation & Refunds | Vendors and Exhibitors

Pre-conference workshop: MTSS Guide for Advanced Learners

Registration for the MTSS Advanced Learner Pre-conference Workshop is at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pre-conference-workshop-mtss-guide-to-advanced-learners-tickets-47145118318

Sunday, October 14, 1:00-5:30 PM, Airport Holiday Inn, Des Moines, Iowa

Presented by the Iowa DE’s MTSS Advanced Learner team

What? The Advanced Learner Multi-tiered System of Support Guide was created to assist classroom teachers, ensuring all students are appropriately challenged. The Advanced Learner MTSS Guide is written content neutral and can be used across disciplines for K-12 grade learners.

Who should attend? Districts are encouraged to bring teams to this opportunity comprised of general education elementary classroom teachers, secondary educators, a counselor, teacher leaders, a building administrator, the g/t coordinator, and g/t teachers. This professional development is offered at no cost to the participants.

Cost: $30 per person

Credit option: For information on a credit option associated with your participation in this course, contact Dr. Laurie Croft, Associate Director for Professional Development, Belin-Blank Center, University of Iowa, laurie-croft@uiowa.edu, 319-335-6148.

Share the information with colleagues at your school- MTSS Guide for Advanced Learners!

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2018 Annual Conference: Monday & Tuesday, October 15-16

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/itag-2018-annual-conference-registration-tickets-47138771334. Register by Oct. 3, 2018 to avoid a late registration charge.


With speakers Dr. Scott Peters, Dr. Kristofor Wiley, and breakout sessions from expert educators throughout the state!
Share the information with colleagues at your school-ITAG 2018 conference flyer!
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Special events on Monday evening, October 15

Parent Night, 6:30-8:30 PM, Boredom and Creativity in the Gifted Child with Dr. Kristofor Wiley, followed by networking opportunity for parents. The event is free and open to the public. Register at https://parentnight_itag2018.eventbrite.com. Download the 2018 ITAG Parent Night Flyer  and share with parents.

Game Night– Meet in the Atrium (by the pool) for an evening of fun! 6:30PM-9:00PM. Games provided, but feel free to bring your own. Stay for one round for the entire evening. Just plan on joining us for some fun! See ITAG Game Night flyer.

Book Club! Discuss The Girl with the Silver Eyes, 2:10-3:10PM on Monday (during Breakout Session 4). Read the book ahead of time and bring your copy with you.

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Conference shirts

Celebrate your teaching superpower with the purchase of a gifted-themed shirt. Choose from one of two designs – or treat yourself by purchasing one of each! Order at the ITAG online store.

One design is a t-shirt or hoodie that reads “I teach gifted” on the front and “What’s your superpower?” on the back (click on an image to see the back). The second design is a shirt with the 2018 conference logo that reads “Teaming for Gifted: School-Home-Community.” With all the color options, you are sure to find one that matches your school colors. All sizes are unisex.
All profits from the sale of the shirts will support ITAG’s teacher mentoring program.
The online store will close and no orders will be accepted after noon on September 28, 2018. Currently, all orders must be picked up in person at the ITAG registration area at the ITAG Annual Conference, October 14-16, 2018 in Des Moines. ITAG is not able to deliver or ship any items at this time.





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Hotel accommodations- Contact the Holiday Inn directly for reservations and cancellations

ITAG has a block of rooms reserved at the Airport Holiday Inn, 6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA, 50321, 515-287-2400 for a conference rate of $99 + taxes per night.  The deadline for reserving rooms at the conference rate is September 18, 2018. Attendees are responsible for their own hotel accommodations
A global Holiday Inn policy states that the reservation cancellation policy will require all cancellations to be made “day prior to arrival” for all IHG brand hotels. Guests will have up until 4 pm or 6 pm (local time) one day prior to arrival to cancel their reservation without penalty.

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Conference cancellation/refund policy

Full refunds of conference registration expenses will be given up to October 1, 2018. Beginning October 2, 2018, refunds for half of the registration amount will be considered.

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Vendors and exhibitors

Want to reach an audience of teachers from throughout the state? Consider being an exhibitor or vendor at the annual conference. Reserve your booth and get details on set-up and booth hours at https://bit.ly/2nE5HFX.

Exhibitors are responsible for setting up, attending the booth, and removing all materials. Insurance is the responsibility of the exhibitor.
The exhibit area is moving! This year, exhibit booths will line the main hallway of the conference center so that your booth will be located with the conference attendees. Also new this year: Exhibitors have the option to exhibit during Parent Night on Monday, October 15.
Exhibitor information
Exhibitors are responsible for setting up, attending the booth, and removing all materials. Insurance is the responsibility of the exhibitor.
Cost (unchanged from last year):
    $410.00 for commercial exhibitors
    $310.00 for nonprofit exhibitors
    $210.00 for personal consultant exhibitors
Booth set up: Sunday, October 14, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Booth hours:
  • Monday, October 15, 2017, 7:00 AM-4:00 PM (the start of registration through the close of sessions)
  • Tuesday, October 16, 2017, 8:00 AM–2:00 PM (the start of registration through the close of sessions)
  • OPTIONAL: exhibitors have the option to be present at their booths during Parent Night, Monday, October 15
  • All exhibit materials must be removed by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, October 17
Booth details:
Each booth is an 6-foot deep x 10-foot long space with one skirted 8-foot table, two chairs, one wastebasket and one standard sign. Exhibitors are welcome to bring additional display structures and can request that no table be in the booth. However, all exhibit materials are limited to the assigned booth space.
Electricity and Internet access are provided to each booth at no additional cost.  Booth registration includes two representatives per booth. Up to one additional representative can register separately by purchasing an Additional Representative Ticket for $80.00 in Eventbrite registration. Booth representatives are provided with breakfast, lunch, and dessert on Monday and Tuesday. Meals not provided for at the conference are on your own.

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