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    • 06/02/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Online
    • 94
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    Parent Book Study - Spring Morning Session

    Facilitated by Rhoda Rosen

    Topic: The Importance of Play in Learning

    Readings:

    The Lego Foundation. Learning Through Play: A Review of the Evidence(November 2017)

    Free Download


       




    • 06/03/2022
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Virtual
    • 25


    Legislation, Acceleration, and Accountability: What Administrators Need to Know 

    Administrator Academy #3011 

    This Administrators Academy is targeted to district superintendents and district level administrators. It also presents useful information for school principals and assistant principals.

    This course will increase awareness and  knowledge about acceleration, an evidence-based intervention for meeting the needs of high-ability learners. Participants will also gain resources and knowledge to implement, review, and improve policies to support equity, inclusion and access and to meet the  needs of high-ability learners.

    The course reviews current policy and legislation pertaining to acceleration.  Participants will align their district acceleration policies with the Illinois Accelerated Placement Act that requires districts to have a policy that allows for early entrance to kindergarten and first grade, whole-grade acceleration, and subject acceleration.  Participants will be able to:

    (1) understand the legal, equity, and policy implications with respect to meeting the needs of high-ability learners; 

    (2) understand the Accelerated Placement Act and its purpose; 

    (3) understand the components of model acceleration policies and identify supporting resources; 

    (4) evaluate district/school acceleration policy in accordance with the Accelerated Placement Act and equitable, evidence-based practices; and 

    (5) synthesize information and develop or improve the district plan to align district policy with the Accelerated Placement Act and effectively meet the needs of high-ability learners, including those from special needs and underserved populations.

    Reporting requirements for IL School Report Card data and ESSA related to high ability learners will also be addressed.

    Academy Credit is available upon completion of application dissemination assignment.

    Alternatively, 5.25 PD hours are available with required attendance documentation and evaluation form.

    AA #3011 will require at least 5 registrants by May 15, 2022 to run.


    • 06/06/2022
    • 06/22/2022
    • 6 sessions
    • online
    • 11
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    Modules in Gifted Education:

    Foundations for Teaching Advanced Learners

    in Today's Classrooms

    June 2022 Session - Mon. & Wed. 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM 

    Six 2- hour Virtual Classes:

    June 6, 2022

    June 8, 2022

    June 13, 2022

    June 15, 2022

    June 20, 2022

    June 22, 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.

    Overview:

    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 help4kids@freespirit.com.

      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 5/25/22. No refunds will be issued after May 15, 2022. However, registrations are transferable.


      • 06/16/2022
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Virtual
      Register

      IAGC Quarterly Education Committee Meeting

      Our Education Committee vision is to help educators and parents understand how to identify and support the academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted and talented children through professional development. 

      All IAGC members and others interested in furthering the needs of gifted education in Illinois are encouraged to attend.  

      Please register so we can anticipate your attendance.  

      • 06/21/2022
      • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • Online
      • 100
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      PD on the Patio - Summer 2022

      Session 1:  Inquiry-Based Learning: Strategies for Creating Authentic Student-Driven Learning Experiences - In this discussion-based session, teachers will explore strategies for using inquiry-based learning methods to support student engagement and ownership. (Tuesday, June 30, 2PM - 3PM )   Note: This session is a repeat session  that IAGC presented in Spring 2022. 

      Facilitator: Kenyatta Revelle. Kenyatta is the Principal of Iles School (Gifted Magnet School Grades 1-8 and International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program Grades 1-5) in Springfield Public Schools District#186. She has 19 years of experience working as an educator and administrator of gifted children. As principal, she worked collaboratively to develop and implement the International Baccalaureate (IB) primary years concept-driven program of in-depth inquiry focused on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.


      • 06/21/2022
      • 08/09/2022
      • 3 sessions
      • Online
      • 98
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      PD on the Patio Series - All 3 Sessions



      • 06/23/2022
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Virtual
      Register

      IAGC Quarterly Policy & Advocacy Committee Meeting

      The overarching goal of the Policy & Advocacy Committee is to educate decision makers and stakeholders about the importance of implementing policies and best practices that provide appropriate educational opportunities for all gifted children in Illinois and to advocate for a better gifted education policy framework in Illinois.

      All IAGC members and others interested in furthering the needs of gifted education in Illinois are encouraged to attend.  

      Please register so we can anticipate your attendance.  

      • 06/25/2022
      • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Virtual
      Register

      IAGC Board of Directors Meeting 

      The IAGC board meets quarterly to discuss organizational business. All IAGC members are always welcome.  Please register so we can anticipate your attendance. 

      • 07/18/2022
      • 08/03/2022
      • 6 sessions
      • online
      • 28


      Modules in Gifted Education:

      Foundations for Teaching Advanced Learners

      in Today's Classrooms

      July/August 2022 Session - Mon. & Wed. 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM 

      Six 2- hour Virtual Classes:

      July 18, 2022

      July 20, 2022

      July 25, 2022

      July 27, 2022

      August 1, 2022

      August 3, 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.

      Overview:

      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 help4kids@freespirit.com.

        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 5/25/22. No refunds will be issue after June 15, 2021; however, registrations are transferable.


        • 07/19/2022
        • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
        • Online
        • 99
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        PD on the Patio - Summer 2022

        Session 2: Differentiated Instruction in Science - (Tuesday, July 21, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) 

        Facilitator: David Hernandez. David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in physics and economics from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Aurora University. He taught bilingual mathematics and physics for 15 years and has been writing hands-on, cutting edge, innovating k-12 curriculum for the past 5 years impacting numerous educators statewide. David’s specialty is to create real world models in order for a student to understand and assimilate specific concepts. Additionally, he is creating a STEM curriculum in Spanish.


        • 08/09/2022
        • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
        • Online
        • 100
        Register


        PD on the Patio - Summer 2022


        Session 3: Kick-start Your Year with Math Differentiation - Are you looking for strategies to differentiate for advanced learners through mathematics discussion this year? Join this session to explore four impactful strategies to increase rigor by engaging students in math conversations. Session will include strategies to support EL learners in the classroom. (Tuesday, August 9, 2PM - 3PM)  

        Facilitator: Denise Kuchta. Denise is the Coordinator for Gifted, as well as the Mathematics Instructional Coach at Queen Bee School District 16, where she re-established the gifted program in 2015-2016. Throughout her career, she has worked closely with students in grades 3-8, specializing in mathematics, gifted education and acceleration for math and English/Language Arts, and special education and interventions.

        Denise has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Mathematics, History, Language arts, and Middle school Teaching from Western Illinois University. She has a Master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership (Type 75) and an endorsement in Gifted Education from Aurora.



        • 09/01/2022
        • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
        • Virtual
        Register

        IAGC Quarterly Education Committee Meeting

        Our Education Committee vision is to help educators and parents understand how to identify and support the academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted and talented children through professional development. 

        All IAGC members and others interested in furthering the needs of gifted education in Illinois are encouraged to attend.  

        Please register so we can anticipate your attendance.  

        • 09/10/2022
        • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
        • Virtual
        Register

        IAGC Quarterly Policy & Advocacy Committee Meeting

        The overarching goal of the Policy & Advocacy Committee is to educate decision makers and stakeholders about the importance of implementing policies and best practices that provide appropriate educational opportunities for all gifted children in Illinois and to advocate for a better gifted education policy framework in Illinois.

        All IAGC members and others interested in furthering the needs of gifted education in Illinois are encouraged to attend.  

        Please register so we can anticipate your attendance.  

        • 09/17/2022
        • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
        • Virtual
        Register

        IAGC Board of Directors Meeting 

        The IAGC board meets quarterly to discuss organizational business. All IAGC members are always welcome.  Please register so we can anticipate your attendance. 

        • 10/25/2022
        • 8:00 AM
        • 10/26/2022
        • 3:30 PM
        • Online
        Register


        Register before September 2, 2022 for discounted early bird rate! 

        For every 4 registrants, add one free guest registration!


        *Registration for Full Conference includes an annual membership with IAGC.

        *To inquire about large group discounts, contact Patricia Steinmeyer at director@iagcgifted.org.

        *Prior to September 1, 2022 cancellations will receive a refund minus a $25.00 processing fee. There are no refunds for cancellations made after September 1, 2022. Changes in attendees can be made without charge.

        *By registering, participants acknowledge and accept that the presentation sessions will be recorded and available for 3 months following the conference. 




        • 10/25/2022
        • 10/27/2022
        • 3 sessions
        • Online
        • 100
        Register

         

        27th Annual Conference - Parent Forum

        Admission to All Three Programs

        IAGC's Parent Forum Series will feature two evenings and one morning of thematic programs focused on strategies to support advanced learners social-emotionally, academically, and through positive advocacy. Forum presentations are recorded for attendee viewing for up to three months following the Conference.

        Evening Programs:

        Social Emotional Support for Advanced Learners: Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

        Academic Enrichment for Advanced Learners: Wednesday, October 26, 6:30 pm. until 8:30 p.m.

        Morning Program:

        Advocating for Gifted/Advanced Learners: Thursday, October 27, 2022, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

        *Registration for Full Conference includes an annual membership with IAGC.

        **Prior to September 1, 2022 cancellations will receive a refund minus a $25.00 processing fee.

        There are no refunds for cancellations made after September 1, 2022. Changes in attendees can be made without charge.

        ***By registering, participants acknowledge and accept that presentation sessions will be recorded and available for 3 months following the conference.  



       

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      Fax: 630-907-5976


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