Identifying and Serving Underrepresented Students

in Gifted Education

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Central Rivers AEA, Cedar Falls

Gifted students exist everywhere, in all populations. Do you and your colleagues know how to identify and serve gifted and talented from traditionally underrepresented populations? Join ITAG on April 17, 2019, as we present Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D., from Vanderbilt University, for a hands-on professional development on identifying and providing curriculum for low-income and potentially gifted learners. Afternoon breakout sessions with Dr. Stambaugh and experts from Iowa will focus on gifted students in rural settings and students who have a twice exceptionality.


Registration is $150.00 for each attendee. Register here. (Click on the “Tickets” button to register.)

Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, and conference materials.

Registration is limited to 200 attendees. A small block of hotel rooms has been reserved at Best Western Plus, 1614 Technology Parkway, 319-277-2400. The conference rate is $94 plus tax per night. Call the hotel directly for reservations. Room availability guaranteed through March 17, 2019. The Best Western Plus is across the street from the Central Rivers AEA. Individuals need to cancel 48 hours in advance to avoid charges. All workshop sessions will be held at the Central Rivers AEA, 1521 Technology Pkwy, Cedar Falls, IA 50613.

Tentative Schedule

8:00AM–8:45AM         Registration and continental breakfast

8:45AM–9:00AM         Welcome

9:00AM–12:00PM       Identifying and serving low-income and potentially gifted learners

12:00PM –12:30PM    Lunch provided on site

12:45PM–1:45PM        Breakout session 1

1:45PM–2:00PM         Break

2:00PM–3:00PM       Breakout session 2

3:10PM–4:00PM       Panel discussion with students (with Tamra Stambaugh, moderator)

About Tamra Stambaugh

Tamra Stambaugh is a research assistant professor of special education and director of Programs for Talented Youth at Vanderbilt University. She is the co-author of Comprehensive Curriculum for Gifted Learners and co-editor of Overlooked Gems: A National Perspective on Low-Income Promising Students, the Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program (both with Joyce VanTassel-Baska) and Leading Change in Gifted Education (with Bronwyn MacFarlane). Stambaugh has also authored or co-authored journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics focusing on curriculum, instruction and leadership. Her current research interests include the impact of accelerated curriculum on student achievement, teacher effectiveness and talent development factors – especially for students of poverty.

Stambaugh serves as a member of the National Association for Gifted Children professional standards committee, and the Higher Education workgroup. She is the recipient of several awards including the Margaret The Lady Thatcher Medallion for scholarship, service, and character from the College of William and Mary School of Education. Prior to her appointment at Vanderbilt, she was director of grants and special projects at the College of William and Mary, Center for Gifted Education where she also received her Ph.D. in educational planning, policy, and leadership with an emphasis in gifted education and supervision.


Confirmed breakout session presenters

Dr. Megan Foley-Nicpon, University of Iowa

Dr. Jolene Teske, Des Moines Public Schools

Sherice Ortman, Waterloo Public Schools