Seeking Input from Parents of Gifted Students
ITAG would like to increase networking and education efforts with Iowa parents looking for information on their gifted learners.
Parents, please complete the survey below. Administrators, GT teachers and coordinators, and anyone else in contact with parents, please share widely. Thank you in advance for your participation and free sharing of information! The survey also can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ParentNeedsSurvey.
Register Now for the ITAG Spring 2020 Workshop
Changing the Face of Gifted Education: Increasing Access & Equity in Gifted Education/Advanced Learner Programs
Dr. Joy Lawson Davis and Dr. Erinn Fears Floyd
Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM, Central Rivers AEA, Cedar Falls
Cost: $160.00 per person
More information at https://www.iowatag.org/conferences/spring-2020-workshop/. Registration at https://spring2020equityworkshop.eventbrite.com
This day-long session will provide participants an overview of current trends in research and evidence-based best practices that have potential to permanently change gifted education programs. Currently, gifted education programs nationwide are under scrutiny to become more equitable and accessible for students across populations. With equity and access as underpinnings, all session discussions, materials, and small group interactions will be designed to help educators create enhanced gifted education programs. Identification protocols, critical professional learning activities, rigorous culturally responsive curriculum, and parent/family engagement models. Each of these sub-components of programming will be ‘unpacked’ and solutions discussed. Deliverables include effective strategies that all participants can utilize in their respective school districts.
A suggested process for determining how to use state allocated gifted and talented categorical funding
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.)
Ways to Support ITAG
ITAG membership is included with conference registration for the following January-December. If you are registered for the 2019 ITAG conference, you are an ITAG member for 2020. If you are not attending the 2019 conference, please continue to support ITAG and renew your membership for 2020 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/itag-annual-membership-registration-5634017498