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IAGC 23rd Annual Convention

Parent Saturday

Chicago Marriott - Naperville
Saturday, February 3, 2018
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

In conjunction with the 23rd annual IAGC Convention, we have once again organized a Saturday morning of presentations specifically for parents!  And at an affordable price!  $50 for members and $60 for non-members.

A flyer suitable for distribution can be found here. 

For those of you who have not attended the IAGC convention on a weekday, one of the great benefits is the exhibitor's showcase!  Schools for the gifted, colleges, book publishers, enrichment program providers and more set up booths to highlight their wares and answer questions. New this year, we will have one of the weekday exhibitors say over for Saturday morning: Discovery Toys will exhibit in the hallway outside our plenary room.  They will also be showering our participants with $250 worth of door prizes!  As a Parent Saturday participant you are welcome to visit all of the exhibitors on Thursday or Friday, just check in at the registration desk!  

The Marriott Hotel has a special room rate available for those who wish to spend Friday night at the Marriott.  

Here is the line up for the morning:  

9 a.m.   If You're So Smart, Then How Come...

Location:  Naper1

Have you found yourself saying this session’s title? Giftedness can come with some confounding behaviors. “Analytical Thinking” becomes “The Paralysis of Analysis” (and sometimes shares characteristics with an anxiety disorder). “Attention to Detail” becomes “Unhealthy Perfectionism” or “Procrastination” (and sometimes shares characteristics with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). “Curiosity” becomes the annoying student who asks the questions you don’t know the answers to… (and sometimes leads to Existential Depression, i.e. a mid-life crisis at age 12). “Asynchronous Development” becomes the roller coaster of the 7-yr-old who is reading a chapter book one minute and having a meltdown the next because he can’t tie his shoes. Come learn about and share in a discussion of the double-edged sword of giftedness – including strategies for managing both the downside and the upside.

Presented by Tamara Fisher, writer of the popular Unwrapping the Gifted column in Education Week and author of Intelligent Life in the Classroom:  Smart Kids and Their Teachers.


Handout 1 - Possible problems

Handout 2 - I don't want to be smart anymore

Handout 3 - On the upside

Handout 4 - Characteristics of Intellectually Gifted Students

9:50 a.m. Breakout Sessions I 

  • Homeschooling Gifted: exploring resources and communities of learning 
  • The Organized Child: Building Executive Function
  • Self-Advocacy: The Power of a Child's Voice 
  • To Test Or Not To Test: The “When,” “What,” “How,” and “Who” of Testing Your Gifted Child 

10:35 a.m. Breakout Sessions II 

  • Asynchrony, Intensity, Overexcitability, Oh My!  
  • Fostering Creativity in Your Gifted Child 
  • Lessons From the Practice Room: Problem Solving Your Own Self-Care
  • Parenting For Achievement
  • What It Takes to Raise Psychologically Healthy Kids

Learn more about these break-out sessions  

11:20 a.m.  Gifted In Illinois: What's New?

Location:  Naper1

While Illinois trails many other states in creating an educational policy framework that supports high-ability students, there have been positive developments recently. This session will provide an overview of the legislative landscape in Illinois as it relates to gifted education, including the history of state funding and the impact of its elimination. New requirements and opportunities to better support gifted students, created by the Every Student Succeeds Act and state laws dealing with acceleration policies, visibility of data on IL State Report Card, and the growth of high-ability students, will also be highlighted.

Presented by IAGC Advocacy Co-Chairs Carolyn Welch and Eric Calvert


Full length presentation from Thursday

11:45 a.m.  A Guide for Parents as We Help Our Children Become “Beyonders”  

Location:  Naper1

E. Paul Torrance, known as “The Creativity Man” and the “Father of Creativity Research,” produced over 1800 publications and presentations on creativity during his remarkable career. This morning we will examine one of the most powerful, his “Manifesto for Children.” Together we will explore how parents might use these guidelines to help their children expand and enjoy their natural creativity, while also developing what Torrance called “Beyonder” characteristics.

Presented by Sally Krisel, ‎Director of Innovative & Advanced Programs at Hall County Board of Education, Hall County, Georgia and also the president of the National Association for Gifted Children.  


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