March 18 update: In response to the coronavirus pandemic, ITAG will be cancelling the April 15, 2020 Spring Workshop, Changing the Face of Gifted Education: Increasing Access & Equity in Gifted Education/Advanced Learner Programs, with Dr. Joy Lawson Davis and Dr. Erinn Fears Floyd. Registration has been refunded in full for those who paid by credit card. ITAG will work to bring Dr. Davis and Dr. Floyd to Iowa in 2021. For more information, contact Thank you for your patience as we work through the details in this time of uncertainty and rapidly changing plans.

If you made a hotel reservation at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, please call the hotel directly at 319-277-2400 to confirm cancellation of your room reservation.

Save the Date for the 2020 Fall Conference!

Make plans now to attend the 2020 ITAG Fall Conference, October 18-20, 2020 in Des Moines. This year’s theme is The State of Gifted: Changing Minds, Policies, Practices.

Sunday, October 18 is Family Day! with keynote presenter Dr. Deb Mishak, breakout sessions, and activities for kids.

Sunday, October 18- Pre-conference session for educators. Kyra Wilcox-Conley, gifted consultant at the Heartland AEA, will lead a hands-on, in-depth afternoon session on using the Self-Audit and Reflection Tool.

The State of Gifted: Changing Minds, Policies, Practices will be the focus as we welcome keynote presenters Dr. F. Richard Olenchak from Purdue University and Rosanne Malek from the Iowa Department of Education.

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.)

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