2016 ITAG Conference

Nurturing the Development

of the Whole Gifted Child

October 17-18, 2016

Holiday Inn Airport and Conference Center

Des Moines

Conference Information

Conference Registration

  • Register as an attendee or presenter online.

Meet the 2016 Conference Featured Speakers

Meet the Preconference Speaker – Ian Byrd, Byrdseed, LLC
IanByrdpreconIan Byrd has taught gifted students in Garden Grove, California where he grew up as a gifted kid himself. On his journey to become a teacher, he earned a degree in Computer Science, briefly played bass in an almost successful rock band, and married a fashion designer. Byrd writes about gifted education at Byrdseed.com to an audience of over 30,000 monthly visitors and develops videos at Byrdseed.TV. What is Byrdseed? Byrdseed is all about better understanding our gifted learners. Attend the pre-conference session, or stop by Byrd’s exhibitor booth at ITAG and you’ll learn how to differentiate lessons, teach across the content areas, and appreciate gifted kids’ unique social and emotional needs.

Meet the Monday Keynote Speaker – Dr. Patricia Gatto Walden
Dr. Patricia Gatto Walden
Dr. Patricia Gatto Walden is a nationally recognized licensed psychologist who has worked holistically with thousands of gifted and profoundly gifted children, adolescents, and adults for three decades. In her adjunct consulting practice, she has specialized in three areas: holistic health and well being, educational consulting for the gifted, and staff and program development seminars. Dr. Patty has helped parents, educators, and administrators understand and accept the multifaceted inner world, needs, and concerns of gifted individuals. It is her belief that home life, education, and counseling of the gifted must attend to the integration and enhancement of the mind, heart, body, spirit, and social self in order to attain contentment and balance in everyday life. Additionally, her career has included university instruction of doctoral level counseling trainees, counselor supervision, and educational administration. She has extensive experience guiding staff development, program development sessions, problem solving groups, and workshops. Dr. Patty has been a featured speaker at international and national gifted conferences and educational workshops and has served two terms as chair of the Global Awareness Network of the National Association of Gifted Children. She is a Senior Fellow for the Institute of Educational Advancement, which serves profoundly gifted youth through various programs including Yunasa, a holistic summer camp. After much urging from clients, educators, and colleagues in the gifted field, she is writing a book incorporating her insights and wisdom acquired through thirty years of counseling and consulting.

Meet the Parent Night Speaker and Tuesday Keynote Speaker – Dr. Jim Delisle
JimDelisleDr. Jim Delisle has taught gifted children and those who work on their behalf for more than 30 years. Jim retired from Kent State University recently after 25 years of service as a professor of special education. Throughout his career, Jim has taken time away from college teaching to return to his “classroom roots,” volunteering as a fourth-, fifth-, and eighth-grade teacher in 1991, 1997, and 2006. Jim also taught gifted middle school student day a week between 1998–2008 in the Twinsburg, OH, public schools.

The author of more than 250 articles and 16 books, Jim’s work has been translated into multiple languages and has been featured in both professional journals and in popular media such as The New York Times and The Oprah Winfrey Show. A frequent presenter throughout the U.S., Jim has also addressed audiences in nations as diverse as England, Greece, China, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.

Jim’s wife, Deb, served as Superintendent for Public Instruction for the State of Ohio and is currently an educational consultant for various agencies. Their son, Matt, is a special effects editor in California and the source of many of their stories about raising gifted children. In his “retirement,” Jim plans to write children’s picture books where the main characters are based on young people Jim has taught or counseled during his career.

Parent Night Information

Parenting precocious kids: Understanding the ups and downs of growing up gifted
Parents of gifted children and teens have many questions about how best to meet their intellectual and emotional needs. They want to know what giftedness is and the label’s impact on other family members. They want to know how to advocate for their gifted child in a school setting mired in “bringing up the bottom” rather than “raising the bar” at the top. They want to know how to set expectations that are appropriate and attainable. And they want to know how to juggle the wide range of emotional intensities that often “comes with the territory” in raising gifted kids.

*Book Signing with Jim Delisle following his Parent Night presentation.




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