ITAG February 2021 Conference

Tuesday, February 09 2021 8:00 AM - Wednesday, February 10 2021 4:00 PM [CST]

6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa , 50321, United States

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Preservice teacher (undergraduate)- On-Demand Access Only Partial Approval - $35.00

ITAG is offering a special rate of $35.00 for undergrads to access the recorded sessions in the ITAG conference library. Documentation of full-time undergraduate status is REQUIRED and can be sent to info@iowatag.org. Valid documentation can be letter from a professor or academic advisor who can verify your status as a full-time undergraduate student. Before you register, check with info@iowatag.org about sponsorships that may cover the cost of the registration.

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Licensure Renewal Credit - 1 credit option Partial Approval - $50.00

Sign up coming soon for this new option through ITAG. You must register through the Heartland AEA for the course (and pay Heartland AEA fee of $35), AND register for the ITAG conference (in person or on demand), AND register for the Licensure Renewal Credit.- 1 credit option All required coursework must be turned in by May 1, 2021. If you are interested in receiving graduate credit through Drake, Morningside, or the University of Iowa, contact those schools directly. You can find more information at https://www.iowatag.org/february-2021-conference/.

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Licensure Renewal Credit - 2 credit option Partial Approval - $100.00

Sign up coming soon for this new option through ITAG. You must register through the Heartland AEA for the course (and pay Heartland AEA fee of $35), AND register for the ITAG conference (in person or on demand), AND register for the Licensure Renewal Credit- 2 credit option. All required coursework must be turned in by May 1, 2021. If you are interested in receiving graduate credit through Drake, Morningside, or the University of Iowa, contact those schools directly. You can find more information at https://www.iowatag.org/february-2021-conference/.

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Early Bird for On-Demand Access Partial Approval - $175.00

Early bird registration through December 28 for those who will access the conference session recordings in lieu of attending the conference in person. Access to the recordings begins on February 9, 2021, and continues for 90 days with registration. Registration includes membership in ITAG for January-December 2021.

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On-Demand Access Partial Approval - $200.00

Registration through February 10 for those who will access the conference session recordings on demand. Access to the recordings begins on February 9, 2021, and continues for 90 days with registration. Registration includes membership in ITAG for January-December 2021.

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Gifted and Talented Program Self-Audit and Reflection Webinar (2 2-hour webinars) Partial Approval - $75.00

Kyra Wilcox-Conley from the Heartland AEA will provide online professional development to reflect on and evaluate your gifted program. The workshop will take place on February 2 from 4-6 pm *and* February 16 from 4-6 pm, for 4 hours total. The sessions will be recorded and available for viewing for 90 days after the event. The webinar will be held via Zoom and a link will be shared at registration. Read more at https://www.iowatag.org/events-education/webinar-self-audit-and-reflection-on-your-gifted-program/.

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2020 has been a tough year financially for many non-profit organizations, and that includes ITAG. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to ITAG to help make up for lost revenue in 2020. Your support will mean that ITAG can continue to offer advocacy, education, and networking opportunities for stronger gifted education in Iowa. Donations made by December 31, 2020 are tax deductible for this year.

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Tuesday, February 09 2021 8:00 AM - Wednesday, February 10 2021 4:00 PM [CST]

Airport Holiday Inn, 6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa , 50321, United States.

 ITAG February 2021 Conference

The State of Gifted: Changing Minds, Policies, and Practices

 Make plans now to take part in ITAG's February 2021 Conference. Choose the attendance option that works better for you:

  • In person*- attend the conference at the Airport Holiday Inn, Des Moines, February 9-10, 2021. In-person attendees will have access to all recorded sessions.
  • On demand- if you cannot attend the ITAG conference in person, sign up for on-demand access, which allows you 90 days of access to all recorded sessions (beginning on February 9). Registrants will receive an access code for the videos closer to the conference date.

 

*Masking and social distancing will be practiced for the duration of the in-person event. Hand sanitizer stations will be provided throughout the conference area. Boxed meals will be provided. ITAG will continue to monitor COVID and flu conditions, as well as regulations about gathering sizes. If it becomes necessary for ITAG to cancel the in-person component of the conference, attendees will be refunded the $100 difference between in-person conference attendance and on-demand registration.


Safety Precautions for In-Person Attendees

Your safety during the conference is our top priority. Our planning is responsive and flexible to changing government regulations and recommendations, local regulations and recommendations, and personal preferences for attending in-person events. We will continue to update our planning as conditions change. We encourage you to follow the safety and health protocols you have in place at your school or place of employment. Please avoid in-person attendance if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 or the seasonal flu.

Social distancing

All in-person events will be socially distanced with attendees seated 6 feet apart. Because of social distancing, the number of in-person attendees is limited this year. If you want to attend in person, be sure to register early to save your spot.

Masks

All ITAG staff and board members will wear masks for the entirety of the event. We ask that all attendees wear a mask at all times. ITAG will have masks available for those who forgot theirs.

Hand sanitizers

The Airport Holiday Inn will have hand sanitizer stations placed around the conference area.

Meals

As in past years, the in-person conference will include breakfast, lunch, and snacks on both days of the conference. The Airport Holiday Inn will provide all meals in boxes for grab-and-go. Hotel staff will wear masks while handing out meal boxes. Coffee and water stations will be available. We encourage you to bring your own water bottle and travel coffee mug. 


Hotel arrangements

The Airport Holiday Inn has a block of rooms reserved for the ITAG conference. The deadline for making reservations at the conference rate is January 25, 2021. Call the hotel directly at 515-287-2400 to make reservations at the conference rate of $102 + taxes per night.

Staff at the Airport Holiday wear masks for safety. Unless requested by the guest, sleeping rooms are not entered by hotel staff (such as for cleaning). Only you will be entering and exiting your sleeping room, unless you have made other arrangements with the hotel.


 Vendors

Vendors will be invited to have a booth at the conference and to submit a video for on-demand viewing. If you are attending in person, be sure to bring a PO for purchases. 

Though each school district seems to have its own protocols for spending, one of the practices that most have in common is the use of the PO, or Purchase Order.  If you aren’t sure of the process, check with your building administrator or Gifted Coordinator for your district’s procedures. Generally, PO’s are secured in advance, and the form is brought to the conference and shared with the vendor from whom you are purchasing your items. Materials can be purchased on site with the P.O., and your school is billed later for those items.

Cancellation policy

Full cancellation of on -emand access will be given through Feb. 7, 2021. On-demand fees will not be refunded after Feb. 7, 2021.

For those registering for in-person attendance, cancellation of in-person attendance or requests to transfer in-person attendance to on-demand attendance will be accepted through Feb. 1, 2021.

Iowa Talented and Gifted Association

http://www.iowatag.org

The Iowa Talented and Gifted Association recognizes, supports, and respects the unique and diverse needs of 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.

Contact the Organizer

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. Dr. Olenchak is the author of They Say My Kid’s Gifted: Now What? and a co-author of Social-Emotional Curriculum with Gifted and Talented Students (Critical Issues in Gifted Education) and Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders.

https://www.education.purdue.edu/faculty-profiles/name/f-richard-olenchak/

About F. Richard Olenchak

Professor
Rosanne Malek
Consultant for Gifted and Talented, Iowa Department of Education

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.

https://educateiowa.gov/pk-12/advanced-learning-opportunities/gifted-talented

About Rosanne Malek

Consultant for Gifted and Talented, Iowa Department of Education