Illinois Association for Gifted Children

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  • 01/11/2022
  • 03/15/2022
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  • 01/11/2022, 4:00 PM 6:00 PM (CST)
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Modules in Gifted Education:

Foundations for Teaching Advanced Learners

in Today's Classrooms

Winter Session - Tuesdays 4-6 PM 

Six 2- hour Virtual Classes:

January 11, 2022

January 25, 2022

February 8, 2022

February 22, 2022

March 1, 2022

March 15, 2022

Designed for classroom teachers and enrichment teachers who serve advanced learners in grades K-8, each module provides practical knowledge and evidence-based strategies to meet the needs of students who achieve and/or have the potential to achieve at high levels. Attendees will gain an understanding of current, equitable and inclusive approaches in the field of gifted education and explore programming/instructional models, classroom structures, and collaborations to support advanced learners. Projects and readings are designed with an eye to applicability/relevance to classroom practice. Classroom teachers, new enrichment/advanced programming teachers, and educators seeking to update their foundational skills and knowledge for developing talents of advanced learners are encouraged to participate.

Each virtual module includes 4 hours of synchronous and 6 hours of independent learning. A Certificate of Course Completion from IAGC and 30 PD hours will be provided upon completion of all three modules. Instead of Professional Development hours, participants can opt to earn two SH hours from Lindenwood University upon completing module requirements.

Note: Assignments will be provided and submitted on the Google Classroom platform. All participants are required to have a Google Account and email to participate in this course.


Module 1: Understanding Advanced Learners (4 hours in-class time + 6 hours independent learning)

Part 1 - Conceptions of Giftedness (2 hour class + readings and assignments)

Part 2 - Recognizing and Developing Gifts and Talents (2 hour class + readings and assignments)

    Module 2: Programming, Collaborations and Classroom Structures to Support Growth of Advanced Learners (4 hours in-class time + 6 hours independent learning)

    Part 1 -  Supporting Growth of Advanced Learners Through the MTSS Framework, Assessment, and Professional Learning Communities (2-hour virtual class + readings and assignments)

    Part 2 -  Classroom, Community, and Family Collaborations to Support Advanced Learners (2-hour  virtual class + readings and assignments)

    Module 3: Differentiation and Instructional Strategies for Advanced Learners (4 hours in-class time + 6 hours independent learning)

    Part 1 -  Key Components of Differentiated Instruction for Advanced Learners (2-hour virtual class + readings and assignments)

    Part 2 - Student-Centered Differentiation for Advanced Learners (2-hour  virtual class + readings and assignments)

    Required Text: Heacox, D. and Cash, R., Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics (revised and updated edition). Free Spirit Publishing, 2020 (ISBN: 978-1-63198-432-7) 
    *Participants are responsible for obtaining the text as it is not included in the module registration fee.
    Books are available from Free Spirt Publishing for a 25% discount plus shipping (book cost - $27.94, shipping - $6.95). If ordering on the Free Spirit website, be sure to indicate "IAGC" in the comments section. Although the discount will not be reflected on the order form that you submit, a corrected invoice will be send to the email address provided on the form. If you would like to use a PO or order directly, you may also call Free Spirt at 800-735-7323 and place the order over the phone or email

    Books are also available from Amazon/other book sellers.

    All classroom sessions must be attended and readings/assignments completed for module credit. 10 hours of professional development credit is available for each module after satisfactorily completing all of the requirements/assignments for that module.  

    **Course will run subject to sufficient number of registrations received by 12/20/21

    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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