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Please plan to join fellow educators, parents, and counseling professionals from across Illinois for the 25th  IAGC Annual Conference on February 6 - 8, 2020, at the Chicago Marriott Hotel in Naperville.  

Varied sessions are scheduled to support both veteran and novice educators in all roles and across all grade levels, in addition to school psychologists and social workers and, of course, parents. Conference strands include: Acceleration, Effective Program Leadership, Evidence-based Curriculum and Instruction, Social-Emotional, and Underserved. 

Special sessions include: Administrator Academy #3011: Academic Acceleration and the Iowa Acceleration Scale Seminar

Featured Speakers:

Del Siegle, PhD, is the associate dean for research and faculty affairs in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut and past-president of the National Association for Gifted Children. He serves as director of the National Center for Research on Gifted Education and is a professor in gifted and talented education. He was a founding co-editor of the Journal of Advanced Academics and recently finished a term as co-editor of Gifted Child Quarterly. Dr. Siegle is co-author of the 6th and 7th editions of Education of the Gifted and Talented. He is also author of The Underachieving Gifted Child: Recognizing, Understanding, & Reversing Underachievement. He was a recipient of the 2018 NAGC Distinguished Scholar Award and the 2011 NAGC Distinguished Service Award.

Emily Mofield, Ed.D., is an assistant professor in the College of Education at Lipscomb University. Her background includes 15 years experience teaching gifted students and leading gifted services. Emily currently serves as the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Chair for Curriculum Studies. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in language arts and has been recognized as the Tennessee Association for Gifted Children Teacher of the YearShe has been recognized with numerous NAGC curriculum awards for coauthored units with Tamra Stambaugh (Space, Structure, and Story [2017], I, Me, You, We: Individuality Versus Conformity [2016], Perspectives of Power [2015], and In the Mind’s Eye: Truth Versus Perception [2012]).

Todd Kettler, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the School of Education at Baylor University. He teaches courses in gifted education and talent development, creativity, and the history and systems of psychology with educational applications. Dr. Kettler conducts research on access to advanced academic learning opportunities in schools, including access to gifted education. He studies the features of learning designs that support outcomes of exceptional performance including the development of critical thinking and creative capacity. His book, Modern Curriculum for Gifted and Advanced Academic Students (Prufrock Press, 2016) won the Legacy Award for the best scholarly book in the field of gifted education in the United States in 2016.

Dr. Shelagh Gallagher works with teachers, schools, and policymakers worldwide to advance gifted education.  For 13 years she directed gifted education programs at UNC Charlotte, teaching and leading federal grants which produced award-winning curriculum for underserved gifted students.  Shelagh has won the NAGC Curriculum Award 8 times for her curriculum units.  She was Director of Research at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Project Manager at William and Mary’s Center for Gifted Education, and research associate at NCSSM and TIP.  Shelagh received the Distinguished Service Award and the James J. Gallagher Advocacy Award from NCAGT, the Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence from UNC Charlotte, and Article of the Year from Gifted Child Quarterly. Shelagh is in her third term on the board of the National Association for Gifted Children and is a US delegate to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children; she served four terms the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented. She is a fellow at the Institute for Educational Advancement and co-authored their report America Agrees.  Shelagh mentors in a fourth-grade reading club and works with gifted youth each summer at Camp Yunasa.

Registration Fees:

Early Bird Rate - Register and pay on or before December 1, 2019: $270 for one day, $490 for two days.

Register After December 1, 2019: $310 for one day, $530 for two days.


Contact Us:

Illinois Association for Gifted Children

1500 Sullivan Road
Aurora, IL 60506

Ph: 630-907-5047
Fax: 630-907-5976

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