State of the state of gifted in illinois 9:50 A.M. - 10:20 A.M.
Eric Calvert and Carolyn Welch IAGC Advocacy Co-chairs
Where does Illinois stand in ensuring that high-ability students, regardless of background, receive the challenge and support they need to develop their talents? How are advanced learners in Illinois doing in comparison to advanced learners across the nation and around the globe? How far have we come in the 21st Century, and what should our priorities be for action in the 2020s? Drawing from state data and national research, this session will provide a “progress report” for Illinois through the lenses of policy, ESSA implementation, funding, equity, and outcomes for high-ability learners.
Our plenary sessions will be followed by two sets of break-out sessions. Choose one in each group to attend.
Mindset is defined as a set of beliefs or a way of thinking that determines ones behavior, outlook, and mental attitude. In this session, parents will identify practices that fall into either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset category and will focus on ways to develop a Growth Mindset with their children. Specific strategies to help facilitate a Growth Mindset as well as ways to foster engagement and personalize experiences within the parent-child relationship to build Growth Mindset will be recommended. Parents will be encouraged to connect to real-life examples drawn from their own experiences interacting with their children.
Advances in digital technology have dramatically increased parental concerns regarding the negative impact on child and adolescent social/emotional well-being. Parents, who are often not “digital natives,” may struggle with understanding their child’s digital use and this becomes even more attenuated when the child is a high achiever, with extensive technological capacities. The impact of screens can leave parents flustered and parent-child relationships strained. The overarching goal of this presentation is to assist parents to develop strategies for promoting their child’s well-being in an increasingly digital age.
What does the Accelerated Placement Act mean for my child and local school district?
The Accelerated Placement Act, which went into effect on July 1, 2018, requires districts to adopt policies allowing early entrance to kindergarten and 1st grade, individual subject acceleration, and grade skipping.
The session will cover the required features of these policies and what steps a school should take when a student is recommended for accelerated placement. From the referral, to the evaluation criteria and decision makers, to the notification of the outcome, IAGC’s Policy & Advocacy Co-Chairs will highlight key aspects of the process and field your questions about how to best advocate on behalf of your high-ability child.
Parents of a gifted child are faced with challenges. Parents may see the strengths and interests of their child. However, to help the child best use those gifts, they need strategies to support the psycho-social skills that lead to and build resilience in their child.
We will explore both the vulnerabilities and the healthy aspects of self-esteem that allow gifted children to be both creative and well rounded. Understanding the stages a child goes through, and the role of social skills in development will enhance a parent’s ability to guide and nurture their child’s healthy development.
BreakOut Sessions II - 11:30 A.M. - 12:20 P.m.
My gifted child is ready for school! What should I look for in an early childhood program?
Beautiful buildings, bright classrooms with plenty of manipulatives, catch our eyes first; however, though aesthetics matter, these are not the only things that you should be looking for. Let’s talk about what an early childhood curriculum should look like in action. Take a look into an early childhood classroom and learn the questions you should be asking before you enroll your gifted child into an early childhood program.
Anxiety represents the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorder in children and has negative impacts on academic performance, social and emotional functioning, and participation in community activities. An indicator of anxiety, beyond impairment in the aforementioned areas, is perfectionism. Perfectionists strive for flawlessness, set unrealistically high standards, and are often preoccupied with critical evaluations from others and of themselves. With a high prevalence of perfectionism in gifted children, this presentation will explore ways to develop and promote healthy performance goals while also teaching parents tools to help children distinguish between excellence and perfection.
Home Recipes to Support Your Gifted Child’s Education
Parenting gifted children can bring a unique set of joys and challenges at school and at home. This presentation suggests some "key ingredients" to challenge, empower and nurture gifted children on their educational and personal journeys.
How You Can Make A Positive Impact on Your Child’s
Cognitive, Academic and Emotional Development