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    Illinois Association for Gifted Children

Over the past two years, educators, students, and families have been navigating new currents in our school system brought on by the pandemic and remote learning, and we continue to adjust our sails and find new ways to move forward.

Several challenges and opportunities for advanced learners appear on the horizon as we continue to discover new routes to develop talent, support children with advanced learning needs, and empower students to chart their own, successful courses for the future...

We invite you to join us at the IAGC's 27th Annual Conference: Voyage 2022! This reinvigorating, two-day journey features a dynamic program with varied sessions for both veteran and novice educators in all roles and across all grade levels. During our Tuesday and Wednesday sessions, we will hear from both national experts and educational leaders in the field of gifted education throughout the state. Attendees will include school administrators, curriculum directors, gifted coordinators, differentiation specialists, advocates, and classroom teachers in all roles and across all grade levels. Although the sessions are geared to educators, parents are welcome to attend during the day on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Conference strands include Evidence-Based Curriculum and Instruction (content and strategies); Effective Program Leadership; Addressing the Excellence Gap Through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Acceleration; and Social-Emotional Support.

Our three-day, Tuesday - Thursday Parent Forum Series will take place from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning. This special series for parents will feature thematic programs focused on strategies to support advanced learners social-emotionally, academically, and through positive advocacy. Conference and Forum presentations are recorded for attendee viewing for up to three months following the Conference.

Registration fee (includes Tuesday, Wednesday Sessions + Parent Forum):

Early Bird (on or before Sept. 1, 2022) - $249.00

Regular Rate (after September 1, 2022) - $299.00

Special Group Rate: For every 4 registrants from your school/district, add 1 free registration!

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Presentation Proposal Window is Open! - Deadline April 22, 2022

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE - Coming in Spring/Summer 2022

Scroll Down to See Our Featured Speakers!


PARENT FORUM-program/registration available Summer 2022 

Parent Forum - all days: $15.00/members; $35.00 non-members

"Single Course" (nonmembers): $15.00  - (Tuesday night, Wednesday night, or Thursday Morning)

*Registration for Full Conference includes an annual membership with IAGC.

**Prior to September 1, 2022 cancellations will receive a refund minus a $25.00 processing fee.

There are no refunds for cancellations made after September 1, 2022. Changes in attendees can be made without charge.

***5 hours of PD Credit is available for participants for each day of the conference. (Full-day attendance is required for PD Credit on either day.)

****Sessions will be recorded and available for 3 months following the conference. 

Thank you to our Sponsors and Exhibitors!


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Featured Presenters: (Full Event Schedule Not Yet Available- expected by June 2022)

    Brian Housand    

Brian Housand, Ph.D., is the coordinator of the Academically or Intellectually Gifted program at University of North Carolina Wilmington and creator of Dr. Housand earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of Connecticut with an emphasis in both gifted education and instructional technology. He served two terms on the National Association for Gifted Children’s Board of Directors as a Member-At-Large. Along with his wife Dr. Angela Housand and Dr. Joe Renzulli, he co-authored Using the Schoolwide Enrichment Model with Technology. He is also the author of Fighting Fake News! Teaching Critical Thinking and Media Literacy in a Digital Age. Brian has worked in education as a classroom teacher, a teacher of the gifted, and a university professor for over twenty years. As a speaker and consultant, he has presented in 40 states, Canada, Australia, South Korea, Kuwait, and Chilé. Brian is a lover of technology, Star Wars, all things Disney, video games, and fonts. He proudly identifies himself as a geek. You can learn more on his website at and by following him on Twitter @brianhousand.

KEYNOTE (Tuesday, October 25, 2022)

  • VOYAGE 2022: Navigating New Horizons for Gifted Education

Other Topics/Titles: 

  • Classroom Strategies to Engage Thinking and Feeling in Your Students and You
  • Curiouser & Curiouser: Technology Adventures in Wonderland

Marcia Gentry, Ph.D., UCONN 1996, Professor of Educational Studies, directs the Gifted Education Resource Institute at Purdue University. She has received multiple grants worth several million dollars in support of her work with programming practices and underrepresented populations in gifted education. Dr. Gentry’s research interests include student attitudes toward school and the connection of these attitudes toward learning and motivation; the use of talent development strategies meet the needs of students with gifts, creativity, and talents while helping all students achieve at high levels; the use of non-traditional settings for talent development; the development and recognition of talent among underserved populations including students with diverse cultural backgrounds including Native American youth, students who are learning the English language, students with neurodiversity, and children who live in poverty. She actively participates in NAGC and AERA; frequently contributes to the gifted education literature, and regularly serves as a speaker and consultant. She has collaborative projects across the country and around the world. She spent 12 years as a teacher and administrator in K-12 settings. Her recent work, Access Denied/System Failure, in which she and colleagues examine access, equity, and missingness in gifted education across the U.S., is available together with report cards for each state from

She strives to help make her field equitable and more socially just, and in doing so, a more relevant part of education in general. One of her greatest joys is working with her doctoral students, having recently graduated her 25th advisee.

KEYNOTE (Tuesday, October 25, 2022): 

  • Access, Equity, and Missingness in Gifted Education: We Must do Better

Other Topics/Titles:

  • Cluster Grouping: What Works and What Doesn’t Work

  • Conversations about Access, Equity, and Missingness

                     Marcia Gentry

                   Jean Peterson

Jean Peterson, Ph.D., professor emerita and former director of school-counselor preparation at Purdue, was a classroom teacher and state teacher of the year prior to her midlife doctorate in counselor education. Informed by her research and extensive clinical experience with gifted children and teens, she has presented keynotes and workshops internationally on their development and her proactive small-group model. She has authored more than 140 books, articles, and invited chapters during her second career, has received 10 national awards for cross-disciplinary scholarship (high ability, counseling, development), and 12 awards at Purdue for research, teaching, or service. She served two terms on the NAGC Board of Directors and received the NAGC Distinguished Scholar Award in 2020. Her 8 longitudinal studies, 4 to 15 years in duration, were focused on high-risk gifted adolescents, trauma, underachievement, negative life events, and social-emotional curriculum. Among her 13 books are Gifted at Risk; Counseling Gifted Students: A Guide for School Counselors; Bright, Complex Kids: Supporting their Social and Emotional Development, and Get Gifted Students Talking.

KEYNOTE (Wednesday, October 26, 2022): 

  • Why Bright Kids Benefit from Social and Emotional Learning


  • Listening — Really Listening
  • (Parent Forum - Tues. Evening, October 25) Change Means Loss Means Sadness: Helping Our Children Cope with Today's Challenges 

Catherine A. Little, Ph.D., is a Professor in Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. Catherine completed her graduate work at William and Mary, where she also served as Curriculum Coordinator for the Center for Gifted Education. Her research interests include professional learning, differentiation of curriculum and instruction for advanced learners, and classroom questioning practices. She co-edited the text Content-Based Curriculum for High-Ability Learners with Joyce VanTassel-Baska. Recently, she has been the Project Director for Project SPARK and Project LIFT, two Javits-funded initiatives focused on working with schools and teachers to recognize and respond to advanced academic potential in the early grades, particularly in students from underserved populations.


  • Teaching with Concepts for Meaning, Depth, and Rigor
  • Questions and Answers and More Questions – Supporting Rich Discussion in the Classroom
  • Savoring Struggle: Giving Students (and Teachers!) Tools for Meeting Challenges

                    Catherine Little

Javetta Jones Roberson

Javetta Jones Roberson, Ed.D., serves as the District Coordinator of Secondary Advanced Academics & Gifted and Talented in McKinney ISD. She also serves as an adjunct professor in the Teacher Education and Administration department at the University of North Texas. Her research interests include diverse gifted and AP populations, equity in gifted, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (teaching, leadership, and curriculum), and professional learning of teachers (special education and gifted). Previously, she has served as a high school dean of instruction, high school Advanced Academics Coordinator, elementary Gifted Campus Coordinator/Liaison, District professional development facilitator for Advanced Academics and Gifted dual language teacher. Javetta serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of Exceptional Children-Association for the Gifted and is an immediate past board member of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. She also serves on the Diversity, Equity & Access committee, Engage Online committee, Conference Program Committee, Special Populations Network as Program Co-Chair & G-RACE Sig Co-Chair with the National Association of Gifted Children. Javetta is the recipient of the 2021 Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) Educator of the year award. She continues to author articles, book chapters, and offers professional learning on helping gifted student populations from various backgrounds thrive.


  • Keys to being a Culturally Responsive Gifted Educator
  • Blended Learning for Gifted English Learners

Full Conference Agenda


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Illinois Association for Gifted Children

1500 Sullivan Road
Aurora, IL 60506

Ph: 630-907-5047
Fax: 630-907-5976

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