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2023  IAGC/ SENG

regional Parent Conference

Saturday October 21, 2023   8:30am - 3:30pm





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Meet our Presenters

Keynote Speaker:

Jen Merrill

Jen Merrill is an Illinois-based writer, musician, marketing project  manager, and gifted family advocate. The mom of two, she  homeschooled one twice-exceptional son through high school while  happily sending his younger brother off to school every morning. Those  days now in the past, she is settling into the somewhat quieter life of an  empty-nester. She is a music educator by trade, with degrees in music  education and flute performance. Long before she picked up a flute as a  child, however, Jen wanted to be a writer, something that didn’t happen  until she opened a Blogger account in 2006 and never looked back. Her  writing focused mostly on gifted families and advocacy until the  pandemic hit and instead of writing she took up staring into space. Her  book, “If This is a Gift, Can I Send It Back?”, struck a nerve with families  who suspected Jen was living in their closet. Her second book, on the  needs of gifted parents and self-care, is in progress; it is taking  significantly longer than anticipated because of the aforementioned  staring into space, complicated by living as the gooey center of the  sandwich generation. In addition to writing on her long-time blog,  Laughing at Chaos, she is the creative editor of the GHF Learners  Journey newsletter and has published articles in the Understanding Our  Gifted Journal, the 2e Newsletter, the Huffington Post.  

Jen has presented at the National Association for Gifted Children  conference (2013, 2022), the World Council for Gifted and Talented  Children conference (2013), the Supporting Emotional Needs of the  Gifted conference (2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2022), and the Illinois  Association for Gifted Children Parents’ Day (2017, 2018). She was  also the keynote speaker for the Twice-Exceptional Children's Advocacy  conference (2016) and the SENG conference (2019).  

Jen brings both her acquired wisdom and her experience as a teacher  and mentor to her work in the service of parents, teaching them  techniques and mentoring them into their own versions of success. Her goal is to support parents of gifted and twice-exceptional kids, because  they are the ones doing the heavy lifting and are too often ignored,  patronized, and discredited. It is her hope that her sons never have to  deal with these issues when they raise their own likely gifted children.

Jen will be signing copies of her book during the conference.

You can get your copy HERE.

Innovative Transformations

for Families of Gifted Students 

Join fellow parents and professionals from across Illinois for the IAGC / SENG Regional Parent Conference on Saturday October 21, 2023, at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn IL.

Various sessions are scheduled to support advanced learner students, parents of gifted and talented kids, and the SEL and 2E needs of gifted students.

Download the Parent Conference Flyer to share with your school, PTA, or parent group. 


Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted


Illinois Association for Gifted Children

Registration Prices  (Online registration closes October 15)

Early Bird  (save 60% on registrations prior to September 15)

Member $100

Non-Member       $125

Regular (September 15 - October 15)

Member $175

Non-Member $200


Note:  All registrations  must be PAID IN FULL prior to October 20, 2023.No refunds after September 15, 2023.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Illinois Association for Gifted Children

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Aurora, IL 60506

Ph: 630-907-5047
Fax: 630-907-5976

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