The October 2020 ITAG annual conference is being rescheduled for February 9-10, 2021! Read about the changes and new virtual learning opportunities for Fall 2020!

Out of deep concern about the health and safety of educators and families and the many uncertainties surrounding the process and procedures for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, ITAG is rescheduling its 2020 annual conference from October 18-20, 2020 to February 9-10, 2021.

We are grateful that the keynote presenters we had invited for October 2020– Dr. Richard Olenchak and Rosanne Malek– are able to be with us in February 2021. The February 2021 conference will be at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines.

We will continue to provide details and planning details. Contact with questions.

Change to the 2020 pre-conference session: The 2020 pre-conference session with Kyra Wilcox-Conley on Gifted & Talented Self-Audit & Reflection Tool will be held as a stand-alone webinar on Sunday, October 18. Look for a webinar registration later this summer.



All conference events will be held at the Airport Holiday Inn, 6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa.

About the conference presenters

Rosanne Malek is the Education Program Consultant for K-12 Gifted/Talented Programming at the Iowa Department of Education. Rosanne’s duties at the Iowa Department of Education include supervising K-12 gifted and talented programming, administrating federal grants, and providing professional development opportunities for educators. Rosanne has presented numerous times at the Iowa Talented and Gifted State Conference and the National Association for Gifted Children National Conference. She participates as an advisory board member to the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association and she represents the Iowa Department of Education on the national Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted.  Rosanne served as president and as an executive board member of the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted from 2006-2012. Rosanne has Administration Certification in Educational Leadership from Colorado University, a Master of Music Education degree from Johns Hopkins University/Peabody Conservatory of Music, and Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wyoming. Prior to working in administration, Rosanne taught performing arts at the middle school and high school levels in Iowa, Wyoming, Maryland, and Colorado, the longest tenure at the Air Force Academy School District in Colorado Springs, CO. Her most recent international piano performance was in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2009. Rosanne is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Iowa.

F. Richard Olenchak has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut where he studied at the National Research Center on Gifted and Talented. He is currently Professor of Educational Psychology & Research Methodology as well as Professor of Gifted/Creative/Talented Studies at Purdue University. He taught grades 2 through 11, has served as a K-12 Director of Gifted Education, has been a principal at both elementary and middle school levels, has been a research associate at a state department of education, and has operated a private psychological consulting practice focusing on the developmental needs of gifted and talented children. His focus is on gifted students’ affective development and psychological uniqueness. Of particular interest are appropriate identification processes and accommodations for children and adolescents who have the potential for gifted behavior but who are not easily identified and seldom served educationally. Currently, he is working with teachers, counselors, other educators at schools in Los Angeles and Houston focusing on twice-exceptional students and ways educators can best serve such students. He was awarded the National Association for Gifted Children Distinguished Service Award in 2019.