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2024 IAGC annual Conference

NOVEMBER 1 & 2,  2024

NIU  NAPERVILLE IL



REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 28, 2024



FULL TWO-DAY EVENT

PARENT SATURDAY

Talent Scouts and Opportunity Bridges




CONFERENCE TICKET PRICING

TICKET   TICKET PRICE
 Member 1-day  $285
 Member 2-day  $495
 Non-Member 1 day  $335
 Non-Member 2 day  $595
 Virtual (Friday only)  $250


Join fellow educators, parents, and education professionals from across Illinois for the 29th  IAGC Annual Conference on November 1st & 2nd, 2024 at the Northern Illinois University Conference Center in Naperville.  Sharpen your skills and fill your resource tool bag with best practices, recent updates, and inspiring student experiences that support learning opportunities for gifted and advanced students in Illinois.

WHEN:      Friday November 1 and Saturday November 22024

TIME:         8:30 am - 3:30 pm

WHERE:    NIU Naperville Conference Center,  1120 E. Diehl Road, Naperville IL  60563

WHO:   

Friday   Keynote Presenter:  Dr. Emily Mofield   Talent Scout

Saturday    Keynote Presenter:  Dr. Matt Zakreski  Opportunity Bridge 

WHAT:      5 hrs PD credit per day (requires sign-in/ sign out each day and registration on PD+)


New this year:

      • The two-day conference is being held on Friday and Saturday, allowing better flexibility for schools who are struggling with filling requests for subs.    Check to see if your school compensates teachers for PD held outside of contract hours in lieu of sub pay.
      • one-day virtual ticket includes 5 pre-selected sessions (including the Keynote presentation) on Friday only for those who are unable to travel to Naperville.  Attendees will be required to sign in / sign out of each session in order to receive 5 PD credits. (limited availability)
      • gourmet box-lunch option, provided by NIU catering, is available to purchase when you register.  In addition, we are scheduling two lunch sessions into each day.  We hope this will allow for less crowding and a more comfortable lunchtime experience for everyone.
      • An Exhibitor Adventure Map with longer exhibitor visiting times to allow our attendees to benefit from the many resources and experts who support gifted children and their families and teachers. 
      • Friday Social Hour in the NIU Ballroom immediately following the IAGC membership meeting, including refreshments, raffle prizes, meet and greet with our Keynote Presenters and our Sponsors, and fun / challenging games!
      • Parent Saturday to support and connect the families of gifted and advanced children. 
      • Saturday Student Talent Showcase to inspire and entertain guests!


REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 28, 2024


Keynote Speakers:

EMILY MOFIELD, ED. D

Reimagining Possibilities: Transforming Potential into Realized Talent

Dr. Emily Mofield is an Associate Professor at Lipscomb University, serving as co-director of the Gifted and Advanced Academics Graduate Program and faculty for the PhD and EdD Programs in Leadership. With over 20 years of experience in gifted education as a teacher, district leader, and researcher, Emily is passionate about developing high-quality resources to equip teachers to identify, serve, and support gifted and high-potential students. Her work focuses on curriculum, differentiation, social emotional learning, and collaborative teaching practices in gifted education. Emily is an award winning educator and author, with numerous publications including articles, book chapters, and 13 books in the field of gifted education. Her newest books include Vertical Differentiation for Gifted, Advanced, and High-Potential Students: 25 Strategies to Stretch Student Thinking and Coaching in Gifted Education (with Vicki Phelps).



Friday November 1, 2024

Keynote Presenter


Saturday November 2, 2024

Keynote Presenter

DR. MATTHEW ZAKRESKI

The Children Shall Lead Us: A Guide to Interest-Based Learning

Matthew “Dr. Matt” Zakreski, PsyD is a high energy, creative clinical psychologist and professional speaker who utilizes an eclectic approach to meet the specific needs of his neurodivergent clients. He is proud to serve the Gifted community as a consultant, a professor, an author, and a researcher. He has spoken over 400 times all over the world about supporting neurodivergent kids. He is the co-founder of The Neurodiversity Collective.

Visit The Neurodiversity Collective          

>> View the Tentative Conference Presenter Line Up <<


REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 28, 2024

Please review the schedule offerings and additional add-ons as they become available to plan your attendance. 

Membership Registrations may not be combined with Conference Registrations. 

BECOME A MEMBER HERE

TICKET   TICKET PRICE
 Member 1-day  $285
 Member 2-day  $495
 Non-Member 1 day  $335
 Non-Member 2 day  $595
 Virtual (Friday only)  $250


Conference strands include: 

  • Evidence-Based Curriculum and Instruction
  • Effective Program Leadership
  • Addressing Opportunity Gaps
  • Acceleration and Identification
  • Social-Emotional Learning and Support
  • Effective Use of Technology
  • Parent Focus
  • Spanish-Language Parent (Scholarship-based only)

5 hrs PD Credit available per day (with sign in/ sign out).

PLEASE PLAN AHEAD

Registration CLOSES October 21, 2024.

No refunds will be issued after September 10, 2024.  Tickets may be transferred, with approval from IAGC office. 

All tickets purchased after October 1 must be paid for via credit card at time of registration. 

Unpaid registrations will be cancelled and removed from the attendee list by October 22 unless previous arrangements have been made (office@iagcgifted.org).

Purchase Orders:

  • are only accepted for ticket orders over $1000
  • are not accepted after October 1, 2024  
  • must be paid within 60 days of registration  
  • Contact office@iagcgifted.org to arrange for purchase order or group registrations. 



Meet our Exhibitors




Contact Us:

Illinois Association for Gifted Children

1500 Sullivan Road
Aurora, IL 60506

Ph: 630-907-5047
Fax: 630-907-5976


email us:  

Director@IAGCgifted.org

The Illinois Association for Gifted Children is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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