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