Thanks to all those who participated in the ITAG Workshop on Twice Exceptionality!

Training educators to meet the academic and affective needs of twice exceptional students is a critical need in Iowa. ITAG’s spring workshop for gifted and special needs educators and administrators will assist district teams in developing plans to address these challenges and to learn instructional approaches that emphasize rigor. Teachers and all educational personnel can benefit from professional development on the characteristics and performance of twice exceptional students, which will increase the probability that these students will be identified and appropriately served with both gifted and special education services. Each team attending will leave with a district plan draft for serving twice exceptional students as well as strategies designed to provide appropriate classroom instruction.

The University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education is offering a credit option in conjunction with the workshop. Find out more: Belin-Blank Center credit option for 2e workshop and Belin-Blank Center registration form for Spring 2018 PSQF 5194 0WKA

Hear from keynote presenters Megan Foley-Nicpon from the University of Iowa and Rebecca Lopez and Julie MacKissock from Cherry Creek School District, Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Participate in breakout sessions! See our so far and read about sessions on district planning for 2e, working in a PLC to raise awareness, lesson accommodations for 2e, and more! More session options will be added.

Each team attending will leave with a district plan draft for serving twice exceptional students as well as strategies designed to provide appropriate classroom instruction. Register four people from your district and ITAG will waive the registration fee for one administrator from your district! Contact for more information.

Registration is limited to 200 attendees.

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at Best Western Plus, 1614 Technology Parkway, 319-277-2400, and at the AmericInn, 5818 Nordic Dr., 319-277-6166. The conference rate is $91 plus 12% tax per night. Call the hotel directly for reservations by March 12, 2018. The Best Western Plus is across the street from the Central Rivers AEA. Individuals need to cancel 48 hours in advance to avoid charges.

All workshop sessions will be held at the Central Rivers AEA, 1521 Technology Pkwy, Cedar Falls, IA 50613.


About the keynote presenters

Megan Foley-Nicpon, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology and Associate Director for Research and Clinic at the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, both at the University of Iowa. Dr. Foley-Nicpon’s research and clinical interests include assessment and intervention with twice-exceptional students, particularly gifted students with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and emotional/learning difficulties, and the social and emotional development of talented and diverse students. She has written one edited book and over 50 referred articles and book chapters in the areas of gifted, counseling psychology, and twice-exceptionality, and given over 100 presentations at international, national, and state professional meetings. Dr. Foley-Nicpon provides clinical and research supervision to doctoral students in Counseling Psychology, many of whom focus on twice-exceptionality and talent development. Awards include the NAGC Early Scholar Award, AERA Research on Giftedness, Creativity and Talent Path Breaker Award, AERA Division E Outstanding Research Award in Human Development, and, twice, the MENSA Research Award, MENSA Education & Research Foundation.

Rebecca López, M.A., Ed.S., holds a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Eastern Washington University, a Masters of Arts in Special Education with emphasis in Gifted Education from the University of New Mexico, and an Education Doctoral Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. She is licensed both as a Principal and as a teacher, and she holds endorsements in Secondary Language Arts, Special Education, and Gifted Education with fourteen years of education experience. Currently she holds the position of District Coordinator of Advanced Academic Services for Cherry Creek School District, a large suburban school district, in Denver, Colorado. She is responsible for the alignment and development of gifted and 2e identification and programming district-wide as well as facilitating on-going staff development for 65 teachers of the gifted. She speaks nationally on 2e topics and was inducted into The Colorado Academy of Educators for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative in January of 2017.

Julie MacKissock has been a teacher since 2006. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Buffalo in 2001 and a dual Master’s degree in Special and Elementary education in 2005 from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. Ms. MacKissock taught at Aurora Quest K-8, a gifted and talented Magnet school in Aurora, CO for 7 years. In 2013, she began teaching in Cherry Creek and in 2014 was a part of the first 2E cohort in the district. Ms. MacKissock has spent her entire teaching career working with gifted students and has focused much of time on learning as much as possible about the 2E community. Ms. MacKissock is currently enrolled in the Mile High MFA program at Regis University with an expected graduation date of Spring 2019.