2014 ITAG Conference Information

The 2014 ITAG Annual Conference will be held October 13-14, 2014 at the Airport Holiday Inn. Additional details and materials will be posted as we receive them. Deadline for registration is 12:00 pm on 9/30/2014.


2014 Registration Information

Register for conference - https://itag2014annualconference.eventbrite.com (Now open)
Register as a Exhibitor/Sponsor - https://2014conferenceexhibitorsponsor.eventbrite.com (Now Open)

2014 Conference Materials

2014 Call for Presenters information
2014 Conference Schedule
2014 Parent Night Flyer

2014 Keynote Speakers

TAG is pleased to welcome Dr. Richard Cash to Des Moines on Monday, October 13, 2014. Dr. Cash is a nationwide expert on differentiation and his presentations will likely include:

*Teaching Strategies for Advanced Learners
*Articulating, Aligning and Accounting (AAA) Secondary Courses for Advanced Learners
*Motivating the Gifted but Reluctant Learner
*Implementing Social and Emotional Support that Enhance Advanced Learners’ School Experiences

ITAG is also pleased to welcome Mr. Rick Wormeli to Des Moines on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Mr. Wormeli will be presenting keynote and breakout sessions all day at the newly renovated Airport Holiday Inn as part of our annual conference. Presentations will likely include:

*Differentiated Grading: Fair Isn’t Always Equal
*Differentiated Instruction in a World of Standards and Accountability
*What We Can Do When We Are Brave Together
*Sure Footing in a Shaky World: Best Practices in Today’s Classroom that Stand the Test of Time.

Follow the link above to register for Monday with Dr. Richard Cash, Tuesday with Rick Wormeli, or for our full 2-day conference. Lunch will be served on both Monday and Tuesday.

2014 Parent Night

Our featured speaker Kathy Paul will be presenting on Motivation and Underachievement: How they affect your High Ability Student. What is the relationship between motivation and underachievement? What strategies are available to address the needs of gifted students who are not performing to potential?  How can parents partner with schools to determine appropriate actions to address these issues?  Types of underachievers and how they are influenced by family dynamics, as well as strategies to increase motivation in underachieving gifted children will be shared. Please click here for the Flyer. This is a free event. RSVP is required online. Registration information is available at https://itag2014annualconference.eventbrite.com.

About Featured Speaker Kathy Paul

Kathy Paul is the Coordinator of Extended Learning Programs for gifted students at Johnston Community Schools and has been in gifted education for thirty years. She is an adjunct professor at Drake University, teaching courses for teachers in gifted education and a frequent presenter at local, state, and national conferences.

Graduate Credit Information


University of Iowa – Belin-Blank Center

2014 Lodging Information

Lodging is offered at the Holiday Inn for $89 plus taxes per night.  Please call the hotel directly at 1-515-287-2400 or 1-800-248-4013 to make reservations. Deadline for Room block is September 29, 2014. Please let the hotel know that the room block is under the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association.

2014 Presentations and Handouts

We will post the link to obtain the presentation and handouts for the 2014 conference when it is available.