Shakin’ It UP!

October 5-6, 2009
Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
Coralville, Iowa

Click here to view the highlights from 2008’s conference.

Presenters and Members!

We are Shakin’ It Up this year at ITAG…. Three keynotes and more in-depth focus on key topics in gifted education…. ITAG 2009 is charged to take theory back to the classroom. Nothing has been spared! Keynote speakers who will show us how the new Iowa Core Curriculum fits with TAG and more…. Plus various break-out sessions to meet the unique needs of our participants and extend the greatness of these speakers, talented in their own right…. ITAG 2009 is poised to be the best conference for anyone involved with gifted students. This is so new and innovative that we can only give you a glimpse of the itinerary!

Monday, October 5, 2009
Dr. Deborah Ruf — Levels of Giftedness and the Need for Early Educational Response
Dr. Shelagh Gallagher — Productive Questioning
Arlene DeVries — Living in the Gifted Family

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Dr. Shelagh Gallagher — Engaged, Educated Students through Problem-Based Learning.
Dr. Deborah Ruf — What Each Learner Needs: How Gender & Personality Type Interact with Level of Giftedness.

Did someone request book signing opportunities? There will be book signing opportunities for BOTH keynote speakers. Still available…. the opportunity to preview and purchase new materials for your classroom and students!

In fact, we are Shakin’ It Up so much in 2009 that we are asking you to tell everyone you know about this truly unique annual event. Tell your neighbors…. tell your friends…. and most importantly tell the parents of your students!

A call for presenters contract and registration form are available below.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Exhibit space is available on a first come-first served basis. Exhibit space is available at $250 per space for commercial vendors and $175 per space for nonprofit vendors. The exhibit space is an 8 ft x 10 ft floor space furnished with one skirted 8 ft table, two chairs, a wastebasket, and one standard sign. Electricity, Internet, and Phone are available. There is an additional charge for these services, payable to the hotel. A price schedule is available upon request. Exhibitors are responsible for setting up, attending the booth, and removing all materials. Insurance is the responsibility of the exhibitor.

Door prizes are welcomed, i.e., a gift certificate or a sample of your product. If you are unable to attend, please consider sending a door prize anyway.

An Exhibitor contract to reserve a booth space is available on this website – or you can request a hard copy by calling the ITAG Business Office,

An exhibitor opportunity letter and contract will be available soon!

General Information

The 2009 Conference will be held October 5-6, 2009 at the Corallville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Over 400 Iowa educators, parents, students and interested parties are expected to attend this highly respected conference.

Additional conference materials will be available this fall and summer! Please continue to check our website for further details.

Hotel Information

Deadline for room reservations at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center is September 18, 2009. When making your reservations please ask for the ITAG Conference room block. For assistance, contact (319) 688-4000 or visit the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center website at

2009 Keynote Speaker Information

Learn more about Dr. Deborah L. Ruf
Dr. Deborah Ruf – How Smart is My Child?
Learn more about Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher
Learn more about Arlene DeVries

2009 Graduate Credit Information

Click here for information for Drake University
Contact Sally Beisser at for more information.

Click here for Morningside College
Contact Joe Rosener at for more information.

Click here for the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center
Contact Laurie Croft at for more information.

2009 Conference Materials

Click here for the Exhibitor Opportunity Sheet

Click here for the Exhibitor Letter

Click here for the Exhibitor Contract

Click here for the Registration Brochure

Click here for the Registration Form

Arlene DeVries Flyer