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Sunday, 9 October 2022 1:00 PM - Monday, 10 October 2022 5:00 PM CDT
1250 Jordan Creek Parkway,
West Des Moines,
Hurry! This sale ends Sept 19. Arrive Sunday, October 9th for a casual afternoon of interactions with select conference presenters, dinner on your own, and an opportunity for networking and collaboration. Monday, October 10th will be a day packed with learning and workshopping new ideas. Breakfast and lunch on Monday are included in your registration fee. Dietary needs? Please submit those at the time of registration by completing this form (copy/paste into your browser):
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JRVHXVT. ITAG will do our best to honor all requests. All dietary requests must be submitted by Friday, September 30 to be honored. ITAG ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP is included in the registration fee. Please know that the cut off for in-person conference registration is Friday, September 30th to plan sufficiently for meals. Also Note! Access to all recordings ITAG procures is a gift to you for 90 days at no additional fee with this registration. Access approximately one week following event.
Hurry! Access to all recordings ITAG procures are available to you for 90 days with this registration. Access will begin approximately one week following the conference. ITAG ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP is included in the registration fee. Any questions, reach out to ITAG at email@example.com.
Arrive Sunday, October 9th for a casual afternoon of interactions with select conference presenters, dinner on your own, and an opportunity for networking and collaboration. Monday, October 10th will be a day packed with learning and workshopping new ideas. Breakfast and lunch on Monday are included in your registration fee. Dietary needs? Please submit those at the time of registration by completing this form (copy/paste into your browser):
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JRVHXVT. ITAG will do our best to honor all requests. All dietary requests must be submitted by Friday, September 30 to be honored. ITAG ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP is included in the registration fee. Please know that the cut off for in-person conference registration is Friday, September 30th to plan sufficiently for meals. Also Note! Access to all recordings ITAG procures is a gift to you for 90 days at no additional fee with this registration. Access will begin approximately one week following the conference. Any questions
Access to all recordings ITAG procures are available to you for 90 days with this registration. Access will begin approximately one week following the conference. ITAG ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP is included in the registration fee. Any questions, reach out to ITAG at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for presenting at ITAG's 2022 Annual Conference! This ticket option is for approved presenters/proposals only please. Your proposal/presentation is approved if you have received confirmation with ITAG. Arrive Sunday, October 9th for a casual afternoon of interactions with select conference presenters, dinner on your own, and an opportunity for networking and collaboration. Monday, October 10th will be a day packed with learning and workshopping new ideas. Breakfast and lunch on Monday are included in your registration fee. ITAG ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP is included in the registration fee. Please know that the cut off for conference registration is Friday, September 30th to plan sufficiently for meals. If you have dietary needs, please complete this form no later than September 30: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JRVHXVT Also Note! Access to all recordings ITAG procures is a gift to you for 90 days at no additional fee with this registration. Access approx. 1 week following event
This registration option includes the entire conference and is designed for undergraduate college students who are studying to be educators. The student needs to provide ITAG with evidence that s/he is a current, full-time college student. There may be a scholarship to cover the $65 cost. Registrants are encouraged to request a scholarship by emailing ITAG at email@example.com BEFORE registration here. Otherwise, if the registrant is covering your own fees, then feel free to register anytime before September 30 (cut-off for in-person meals.) Dietary needs? Indicate those here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JRVHXVT
Robust gifted education in Iowa depends on each successive generation of educators learning about the educational approaches for and learning needs of gifted and talented students. In past years, ITAG has welcomed preservice educators (ie, undergraduate education students) to the annual conference to get a foothold in gifted education from the experts. You can Sponsor a Pre-Service Student through this registration option.
Sunday, 9 October 2022 1:00 PM - Monday, 10 October 2022 5:00 PM CDT
West Des Moines Marriott, 1250 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, IA, 50266, United States.
The Iowa Talented and Gifted Association recognizes, supports, and respects the unique and diverse needs of all talented and gifted learners through advocacy, education, and networking.
ITAG promotes advocacy at the national, state and local levels, pre-service and in-service training in gifted education, and parent/community awareness, education and involvement. ITAG is comprised of parents, educators, other professionals, and community leaders who share an interest in the growth and development of gifted and talented individuals in Iowa.
ITAG is a 501(c)3 organization which was organized more than 40 years ago with a vision that gifted and talented children in the State of Iowa should receive an education commensurate with their abilities and needs. ITAG is an affiliate of the National Association for Gifted Children.
April Wells is an educational consultant, conference presenter, and author. She is the Gifted Coordinator in Illinois School District U-46, where she facilitated the redesign of the District’s gifted program. April serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Association for Gifted Children. Her work has served as inspiration for other organizations highlighting universal screening, talent development and the use of local norms for gifted programming. She has presented extensively at conferences. She is a national consultant and professional development trainer whose message centers around the equity imperative. Her interests focus on equity pedagogy, underrepresented learners, developing gifted continuum of services and providing instructional supports that allow students to maximize their pursuits. She received one of the 2018 Gifted Coordinator Awards from the National Association for Gifted Children. Her first book, Achieving Equity in Gifted Programming: Dismantling Barriers and Tapping Potential was published in January 2020.
Deb Douglas, founder of GT Carpe Diem Consulting, advocates for gifted learners around the world. She is a frequent presenter at state, national, and international conferences and over 700 teens have recently attended her self-advocacy workshops. Her original research on empowering gifted students to self- advocate has been published in The Roeper Review and Parenting for High Potential. Previously, she coordinated gifted education for the Manitowoc (WI) Public School District, was president of the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted, and served on the NAGC Parent Advisory Board. Her books include: The Power of Self-Advocacy for Gifted Learners and Empowering Underrepresented Gifted Students: Voices from the Field, co-edited with Dr. Joy Lawson Davis. Her guilty pleasures include murder mysteries, red Twizzlers, NYT crosswords, and fluffy little dogs. For more info: www.gtcarpediem.com
Megan is the Myron and Jacqueline Blank Endowed Chair and Director of the University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, as well as a licensed psychologist and professor in Counseling Psychology. Her research and clinical interests include assessment and intervention with high ability students with disabilities, and the social and emotional development of talented and diverse students. She regularly writes and presents about high ability, counseling psychology, and twice-exceptionality.
Rosanne is the Education Program Consultant for K-12 Gifted Programming at the Iowa Department of Education. Her formal education includes a PhD in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Iowa, Administration Certification in Educational Leadership from the University of Colorado/Colorado Springs, a Master of Music Education degree from Johns Hopkins University/Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. Rosanne has been in the profession of education for over 35 years as an educator, administrator, and performer.
Kristine serves as the Gifted/Talented Coordinator/Program Lead for West Des Moines Community Schools. She facilitates professional learning to K-12 audiences locally and nationally, teaches graduate courses for the University of Iowa and Drake University, and serves as an editor and GT consultant. Kristine strives to partner with teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community members to advocate for and empower advanced and gifted learners. She also remains active in statewide literacy efforts, currently serving on the steering committee of the Iowa Statewide Literacy Leadership Team. Kristine strives to maintain a balanced life–singing with her church choir, traveling, gardening, and finding joy daily.
Ron is an Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Northern Iowa in the Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations, and Leadership Studies. He is a former science teacher and TAG teacher. His research focuses on helping students develop better cognitive tools for reasoning about complex problems. With funding from the NASA Iowa Space Grant Consortium, he developed the program “Mission to Mars” where students engage with a variety of challenges and opportunities afforded by a cognitively rich educational environment as they create their plan for getting to Mars. This work was recently published as “Mission Cognition: Fifth Grade Students Undertake a Mission to Mars” in the National Science Teacher Association’s journal Science and Children in 2021. Ron’s work with helping students develop better reasoning skills has been presented at numerous conferences including the American Educational Research Association, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, and ITAG.
Dr. Alena Treat has been an active advocate, researcher, and author on Gifted LGBTQ+ issues for over thirty years. She has been a Director of Gifted or Intellectually Gifted Programs as well as a Gifted Coordinator, Specialist, and Teacher. She directed two Javits grants, one of which she wrote, SOL Net (Speakers of Other Languages NETwork), that began gifted programs for those whose first language was not English in Dallas and for Navajo and Ute on the Navajo Reservation in Utah. As past chair of the NAGC Diversity and Equity Committee, she co-authored the NAGC Diversity Toolbox: Gifted LGBTQ Students. Alena served on the NAGC GLBT Task Force and the NAGC Workgroup on Sexually Diverse Populations. Dr. Treat was a member of a U.S. Department of Education Regional Advisory Committee representing gifted education and LGBTQ+ (See Report on Addressing Educational Needs).
Susan has worked with students of all ages in a variety of classroom settings and in districts both large and small. During her time as a gifted educator, she taught and facilitated gifted and talented programming at both the elementary and secondary levels and served as district ELP Coordinator. Susan has planned and implemented gifted education professional learning opportunities for K-12 staff and for GT parent groups and has facilitated SENG Model Parent Groups. She has presented at ITAG’s annual fall conference, National Association for Gifted Children conference, and World Council for Gifted and Talented Children conference, and has taught TAG Endorsement courses for Drake University as an adjunct instructor.
Ed is a popular presenter at math, homeschool and gifted education conferences around the country and has approached gifted education as a parent, teacher, and school board member. His students will testify to his ability to make math fun and challenging for them as well as his unique sense of humor which comes through in his classes and workshops. Ed has taught students of all ages and abilities since graduating from Oberlin College in 1974. He has a Masters degree in Gifted Education from the University of Northern Iowa. Ed’s work is currently being used around the world and has been translated into several languages including Chinese and Korean.
Beisser Lumber: Platinum sponsor
Beisser Lumber is a full service lumberyard providing Iowa builders and contractors with quality building products and services for over 60 years. Established in Fort Dodge Iowa, we have expanded to include operations in Grimes (Des Moines Area) and Coralville/Iowa City. We emphasize complete customer service, continuously striving to meet and exceed customer expectations.
ACT Gold sponsor at $500
Gold sponsor at $500
Iowa State Education Association
Gold sponsor: $500
Buena Vista University
Bronze level sponsor at $100
Casey's General Store: Here for Good
CBI Bank and Trust
Bronze sponsor at $100
Bronze Sponsor at $100
Starter level: $50
Please RSVP if attending (see survey in pre-conference attendee email).
Participants will have space and time to network/collaborate with others.
Vendor Video: University of Iowa Belin Blank Center
Vendor Video: Kendall Hunt
Vendor Video: Upper Iowa University
Vendor Video: Buena Vista University
Vendor Video: Drake University
Vendor Video: Beisser Lumber
Breakfast will be served in the foyer near the vendors from 7-8 a.m. Announcements and introduction of the keynote speaker will begin at 7:45 a.m.
Interested in earning graduate level credit for attending today's conference? Drake University is offering an opportunity to earn one graduate level credit for $180 or two graduate credits for $360. Stop by this session or the Drake University vendor booth to learn more!
Interested in earning graduate level credit for attending today's conference? The University of Iowa is offering an opportunity to earn graduate level credit. Stop by this session to learn more!
Throughout this keynote, an emphasis on achieving equity in gifted will be the central theme. This work positions us in a way to address barriers that have precluded groups of students from accessing opportunities that match their potential and achievement. As educators, we will recognize how we can use our capital to change policies, interrogate beliefs and patterns that lead to outcomes in gifted education that are situated along lines of race and socioeconomics. Educators will gain insight on dismantling barriers and opening doors for students from marginalized groups.
Gifted Education Consultant, Author, NAGC Board Member
Illinois School District U-46
The path to equity in gifted education is not in dismantling programs, but in identifying traditionally underrepresented learners. Finding these students is not enough, however. For them to succeed we must equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to self-advocate. This session will help allies support underserved gifted students as they learn to speak up for themselves. Link to handouts: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/18sOSyr5qFlM-9ek96wbVN9RxmBG2UsTb?usp=sharing
Author, Gifted Education Consultant
GT Carpe Diem Consulting
This session will review gifted policy and provide discussion for the implementation of gifted programming for educators new to gifted education in Iowa. The gifted program mandates in your school district. Participants will be guided through Chapter 49, Chapter 12, and Chapter 98 to better understand the expectations for Iowa school districts. The areas of gifted programming discussed will include 1) identification for gifted programming, 2) goals and measurements for gifted programming, 3) a qualitatively differentiated program to meet the students' cognitive and affective needs, 4) staffing qualifications and staffing provisions, 5) professional development, 7) program evaluation, and 8) funding.
Gifted and Talented Consultant, ITAG Board of Directors Liaison
Iowa Department of Education
A failure to find mathematics challenging, interesting, or relevant are significant factors when children lose interest in mathematics. All children, but especially those who are talented in mathematics, must be exposed to material that lights a fire and nurtures their gift. This session will give teachers information that will help them not only develop mathematical thinking in their students, but also a love of math!
"The most basic skill that can be taught in today's schools is problem solving, especially skills in solving future problems." Dr. E. Paul Torrance, creativity pioneer and developer of the Future Problem Solving Program, spoke these words in support of encouraging both creative and critical thinking. Learn about the FPS process and how it can be applied to scientific issues, social issues, and real life. Details of the FPS Program and evaluation of student work will be covered in this interactive session.
Iowa Future Problem Solving Program
Skilled teachers in gifted education realize their task is primarily that of a “cultural broker”. In accomplishing goals of equitable access, educators may implement culturally responsive pedagogy to address the demands of the multicultural classroom. Given the wealth of diversity in our classrooms, instructional practices have experienced a shift toward a pedagogy that emphasizes culturally aware and academically enriching environment for students of all ethnicities, races and languages. Participants will gain exposure to principles and components of culturally responsive pedagogy. This exposure will serve as a platform for reflection and implementation to ensure all learning environments bridge the gap between teacher and student by helping teachers understand the cultural nuances in education.
During this session, you will learn about the Iowa STEM Council and its programs. One of the many programs offered each year are the STEM Scale-Up programs that help bring STEM activities to the classroom and professional development to the teacher. Another program that will be talked about is STEM Best where schools and local businesses team up to bring authentic learning to the classroom. At the end of the session, there will be time for a Q&A!
North Central Regional STEM Manager
Iowa STEM Council
Across Iowa, TAG teachers face many tasks each year, from identifying gifted/talented learners, to ensuring these learners receive appropriate services, to supporting their colleagues in nurturing both talent and potential in advanced learners, to various duties as assigned. Additionally, TAG teachers and coordinators are asked to design and support a comprehensive, K-12, programming for gifted/talented learners within their schools/districts. So how do TAG teachers balance these tasks? How can TAG teachers leverage available resources in their buildings? How can TAG teachers build capacity in their systems? We will discuss strategies and planning tools to support a comprehensive K-12 TAG program. Handouts: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PyL9tmtctj5NpjO0sacdPDEvHnUYBHgv/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AOwY1jxdVU8Yog_Tdt5HHOgQKILi7DiW/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yo8Jp6g8z-hcV_clQLEmEXma5g46bZNv/view?usp=sharing
Gifted/Talented Coordinator/Lead, ITAG Board of Directors, Consultant
West Des Moines Community Schools
This session will review basic information about resources for TAG programs from the state and how you can best advocate for maximizing the effectiveness of those resources within your buildings and districts.
Government Relations Specialist
Iowa State Education Association
What is joy? What really makes us happy? How do people move beyond fear, disappointment, regret, or grief toward lighter moments of joy? How can we “self-advocate” in order to better serve gifted students? Join this session to: 1) Learn about the Nature of Joy; 2) Confront Obstacles to Joy; 3) Receive the Eight Pillars of Joy; 4) Apply Joy Practices
Levitt Distinguished Professor of Education
QUEST is a professional learning template that encourages educators to consider a variety of specific categories to organize their research, implement new curricular or programming ideas, and advocate for best practices. One educator will share her QUEST, developed during the Summer 2022 Belin-Blank Fellowship program. Faculty from the Belin-Blank Center will discuss the Fellowship program, as well as provide supportive background for the QUEST itself. Participants will leave the session with a useful template as well as content important to standards-based gifted programs and advanced learners.
Associate Director for Professional Development
University of Iowa Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development
The best outcomes for children happen when educators and parents work together to embrace opportunities and address challenges for meeting advanced learning needs (Steinmeyer, 2020). How can you, as your child’s parent, work with schools to advocate for your child and how can you, as a child’s educator advocate and empower parents in this partnership? In this session, presenters will share foundational information and considerations for starting and sustaining parent groups as well as practical strategies for parents and educators who serve a child’s academic and social/emotional needs. Handout: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1speZcwesXLheJzAv8d9hR82QMgsoivhk/view?usp=sharing
ITAG Past-Board President
Buffet lunch (served in foyer near the vendors). Announcements and Awards at 12 noon.
Attendees will discover an innovative course that developed gifted diversity empowerment curricula to be published on an open source platform. We will describe the project, display samples, and show how to access gifted units (3 lessons each) designed to empower marginalized populations due to the focus on (1) famous adults in those populations and (2) youth in those populations who have made a difference. Each unit, constructed in either the Enrichment Triad model or Autonomous Learner models, is focused on one of these populations: AAPIAfrican American/Black, ELL, Hispanic, Immigrants, Indigenous/Indian, LGBTQ+, Twice Exceptional, Diversity (multiple marginalized populations). Handout: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rUtkWDjB654Jltka4pGfm6U-uLr66AXh/view?usp=sharing
University of Iowa and Upper Iowa University
Gifted students often wait and wait while educators struggle with an unending parade of initiatives in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. This session will provide the necessary information, insights, and tools our brightest learners need in order to craft their own paths through school, finding more of what they want and need. Link ti handouts: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/18sOSyr5qFlM-9ek96wbVN9RxmBG2UsTb?usp=sharing
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is a federally-funded, no cost Career Information System that is recognized by the Iowa Department of Education. Students are empowered to discover their strengths and interests by taking a testing battery and a “Find Your Interest” inventory. The ASVAB CEP gives students the tools and confidence to map out post-secondary plans that work. Students can explore many possibilities to make them Option Ready for the future.
Research shows that all learners need a foundation in Social-Emotional Learning to grow as individuals and students. We also know that gifted learners pose a unique challenge when it comes to SEL, both in and out of the classroom. This session will give a foundation of research on the "Why" behind SEL, give specifics on SEL for gifted learners, and last, give strategies and resources for educators and parents.
Director of Therapeutic Programs
Please Pass the Love
Education is about removing obstacles to learning. For some students this takes the form of additional academic and social support; for others this could mean entering college early. The Belin-Blank Center now offers two student-centered Academies for gifted learners who are ready for college...on their terms.
Assistant Director, Student Services
Belin-Blank Center/University of Iowa
The historic landing, and on-going mission, for the Perseverance Rover mission presents an excellent opportunity for teachers of TAG students to empower students to develop reasoning and executive function skills in a STEM rich environment. Session participants will take part in activities that promote conceptual understanding through facing scientific and engineering challenges. A shorter version of this session was offered in 2021. This year we will offer an extended session to dive deeper into the instructional design choices that drive the learning environment and more time for the hands-on activities, including activities not featured in the previous session.
Assistant Professor of Education
University of Northern Iowa
In this interactive session, participants will gain insight into what it was like to be a first year PK-12 GT teacher in a rural school district; the unknown hurdles of a small rural school and how to overcome them. Shared will be what resources were found to be the most useful, the steps to implement changes to update and diversify the program and how to advocate for yourself, your program and your students in order to build a foundation for a Talented and Gifted Program that will empower students.
PK-12 Talented and Gifted Teacher
Hinton Community School
Policies for twice-exceptional students exist in very few states across the country; while special education services are federally mandated, gifted education services are not. In this presentation, I will discuss best practices in identification, such as using universal screening methods tied to curriculum interventions, and intervention, such as creating Gifted Individual Education Plans in conjunction with IEPs. These approaches outline not only service provision for disabilities, but also specify methods for discovering and developing talent domains among twice-exceptional youth.
Professor and Director of the Belin-Blank Center
Investigate the many tools designed to help educators and families make informed decisions about acceleration. Experts at the Belin- Blank Center have developed the Acceleration Institute website, which houses many of these tools and points you to others. Important resources include the research described in A Nation Empowered, the time-tested Iowa Acceleration Scale, the guide Developing Academic Acceleration Policies, and the new Integrated Acceleration System online tool for making decisions about whole-grade acceleration, early entrance to kindergarten or college, and subject acceleration. Empower yourself to make informed decisions about your students and have your questions about acceleration answered.
Coordinator for Professional Development and Curriculum
Join us for this interactive and informative session exploring well-written children’s literature with characters who display gifted behaviors and reflect a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds. We will share appropriately challenging literature that allows children to find their place in the world and see reflections of themselves in the texts they are reading. Participants will receive a 100- book annotated bibliography developed by the presenters for use with your culturally, economically, and linguistically diverse gifted kids. Handout: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hIlD04MgZtH6_mCh0RCDyMeXuP8rW8OH/view?usp=sharing
Gifted Education Consultant
Des Moines Public Schools
Attendees will discover how to support and empower gifted LGBTQ+ learners. Dr. Treat will describe the following: 1) Research to support rationale for developing curricula and strategies to support the advocacy for and empowerment of gifted LGBTQ+ learners; 2) INVISIBLE: Barriers that hinder support and empowerment of gifted LGBTQ+ students (Each barrier starts with a different letter in INVISIBLE); 3) VISIBLE: Solutions to overcome those barrier (Each solution starts with a different letter in VISIBLE); 4) Participants will be provided with gifted LGBTQ+ curriculum exemplars and suggestions for developing their own resources. Handout link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Bu0RMmghcoTY5utQnH6dOVnJBCP7hEss/view?usp=sharing
The historic landing, and on-going mission, for the Perseverance Rover mission presents an excellent opportunity for teachers of TAG students to empower students to develop reasoning and executive function skills in a STEM rich environment. Session participants will take part in activities that promote conceptual understanding through facing scientific and engineering challenges. A shorter version of this session was offered in 2021. This year we will offer an extended session to dive deeper into the instructional design choices that drive the learning environment and more time for the hands on activities, including activities not featured in the previous session.
Because problem solving can be difficult - even for gifted students - it is important for each student to have a "tool-belt" of problem solving strategies. Many of the strategies presented in this session will force students to change their normal thinking patterns and approach each problem differently. You will leave this session with many unique problem-solving techniques that will help all students be more successful in math contests and on tests - including SAT and ACT tests. Each participant will leave the session with 10 problems to take back and implement immediately in their classroom that will interest and challenge their gifted students.
Bring your FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) attitude to this session. CogAT excels at helping schools assess students’ thinking and reasoning skills providing valuable information for Talented and Gifted program identification. But don’t Miss Out on the full impact of CogAT data for classroom planning activities: help guide instruction based on individual strengths and weaknesses, group students, compare Ability vs Achievement, and differentiate instruction for all students based on how they learn. Answers to common questions will be provided: How easy is online testing? What are benefits of 3 batteries? How is an A profile different from B Profiles? What is importance of National and Local norms? How can CogAT’s Ability Profile help guide instruction?
Sr Assessment Consultant
Coffee and dessert will be served in the foyer near the vendor tables.
Identification for gifted programming has been and is often limited to the use of quantitative data, most commonly standardized test scores that are known to be biased. In the name of equity and advocacy, this session will continue a conversation around the potential for changing the dynamics of an identification process to include qualitative data. The first year of a universal qualitative data collection program conducted in Des Moines Public Elementary School kindergarten and first grade classes will be shared. Our conversation will include lessons learned and plans for continuing the work.
Advanced Learning Supervisor
NAGC Pre-K-Grade 12 Gifted Programming Standards, Standard 5, defines programming as... a continuum of services that address the interests, strengths, and needs of students with gifts and talents in all settings. Developing sustainable programming requires the investment of time and ongoing modifications that are purposeful and responsive to students’ identified needs and ensure daily academic progress. This session will examine the alignment of gifted programming with Iowa Code, best practices for developing sustainable programming, the integration of gifted services into all aspects of the school/district, and empowering all stakeholder groups to be informed gifted education advocates.
Past President of ITAG, Retired GT teacher
Waterloo has worked hard to develop a robust talent development program to find and nurture students who show a talent. This may be in an academic area like reading or math, but we have also worked to incorporate drama and other leadership areas. We are trying to reach out to our underrepresented students to help prepare them for more rigorous academic classes or focus their strengths. (Since we know quite a few kids who are very strong leaders who happen to lead in the wrong direction) We have worked diligently to incorporate this model into our middle schools and want to share our success and challenges. Handout: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jFfvseV2NsrP_DhU4v5mWNjrxfYq0Zg_/view?usp=sharing
Waterloo Community School
During the first half of the session, hear about common ideas and practices that may be harming students' mental health. During the second half of the session, rehearse new practices, ideas, and language by engaging in case study role plays.
Ames Middle School
Does your child take forever to get dressed in the morning? Do chores that seem the most simple to you stress them out? Sometimes children who are normally high functioning can struggle with those tasks as well as organization and planning. Executive functioning develops at different rates and different times in children. It regulates and controls cognitive and social behaviors like paying attention, controlling impulses, planning and organizing time and materials, and responding appropriately to social situations. It’s possible to help them develop these skills with strategies for them to improve. In this session, we’ll cover possible ways to support the children. Handouts: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CQkScY-uvRNwWOITMjbFq1s-B8xpKUC7/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YQhWQpk_eGg2MNyrL2vzZLWXhtxOaUu3/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ch8CFhT0IjYC5oo7anNj8MWXaloh7l5B/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X0F4lD-dwxVJpDA7reDGAq-o8w3xL62C/view?usp=sharing
The Belin-Blank Center’s Iowa Online AP Academy (IOAPA) offers Iowa students free access to rigorous coursework, including above- level courses for middle school students and AP courses for high school students. IOAPA courses are taught online by accredited teachers, while teacher mentors in the student’s school support the student. The presenter will provide an overview of the program and discuss many of the frequently asked questions concerning effective IOAPA administration at the middle and high school levels. Middle and high school administrators and teachers interested in learning about IOAPA or mentoring IOAPA students should attend.
Administrative Services Coordinator
The top CEOs agree: a creative workforce is their biggest asset. But most people don’t have the tools to be creative, and many think they’re just simply not creative people. The good news is there are tools, proven to work over decades, that can help anyone think creatively! We’ll use the Creativity Formula to promote our students’ ability to think creatively, learn to use the Creative Problem-Solving Process to solve our biggest problems, and learn from our failures – Activating our Genius Mode!
Extended Learning Program
Conjunction Media / Ames CSD
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