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    • 12/01/2021
    • 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Virtual
    • 49
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    C3: Coordinators Connect and Collaborate

    Wednesday, December 1, 2021

    11:45 - 12:30

    Please join us for this month's conversations



    • 12/09/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online
    • 88
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    Program Preview:

    Using a wide variety of picture books, award-winning educational consultant, Laura Beltchenko, will share ways to pair picture books and create text sets that expand critical thinking as well as extend the joy many children have in reading books that have similar themes, concepts or on the same topic.

    Pairing text develops a metacognitive processes beckoning students to analyze and comprehend explicit as well as inferred meaning while finding and making the connections between the books. This session will present a wide variety of books and genres to help you develop your own text sets for young readers. A bibliography will be shared supporting literary analysis and inquiry based critical and creative thinking...and a bit of poetry will be added for good measure!

    Age group focus: Kindergarten - Grade 5

    Professional Development Hour: Participants who attend sessions and complete the required sign in, sign out, and evaluation sheets are eligible to receive 1 PD Hour Credit.

    About the Presenter:

    Laura Beltchenko is veteran educator with a passion for student motivation and engagement in all thing’s literacy.  Her career in public education includes classroom teacher, reading specialist, as well as teacher and coordinator of gifted programs. Her public education career culminated as an associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction for a K-12-unit school district.  (To read more about Laura Beltchenko, please visit the IAGC website.)

    Professional Development Hour: Participants who attend sessions and complete the required sign in, sign out, and evaluation sheets are eligible to receive 1 PD Hour Credit.




    • 01/05/2022
    • 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Virtual
    • 49
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    C3: Coordinators Connect and Collaborate

    Wednesday, January 5, 2022

    11:45 - 12:30

    Please join us for this month's conversations

    Topic TBD


    • 01/06/2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online
    • 100
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    Parent Book Study - Winter Evening Session

    Faciliated by Kimberly Freitag

    Topic: Promoting Growth Mindsets

    Reading: Chapter 21, "Promoting Optimal Mindsets Among Gifted Children" Del Seigle & DuLong Langley

    Maureen Neiihart, Steven I Pfeiffer and Tracy L. Cross, Editors. The Social & Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What Do We Know?, 2nd ed. NAGC (2016).

    Additional/Follow-Up Readings:

    Chapter 13 - "Teaching Your Child to Fail" and Chapter 2 - "Bend or Break: Your IQ is not Your Identity" from Kathleen Nilles, Jennifer L. Jolly, Tracy Ford Inman and Joan Franklin Smutney, Editors. Success Strategies for Parenting Gifted Kids. NAGC (2019).

    Books available at a 20% Discount from Routledge Press Taylor & Francis Group  (use Promo Code FLR40)

    Also Available on Amazon 



    • 01/08/2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 01/16/2022
    • 12:00 AM
    • Online
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    IAGC 26th Annual Conference

    Register to Access Recorded Sessions

    available through January 16, 2022

    October 14-16, 2021

    (PROGRAM SCHEDULE)

    The IAGC welcomes teachers, administrators, parents, social workers/school psychologists, educational specialists, and advocates for children with advanced learning needs to register for our 26th Annual Conference. Join national leaders in the field of gifted education and experts throughout Illinois to explore new ways to enhance professional practice, support equity and access, and collaborate to make advanced learning opportunities a reality for all children.

    Thursday and Friday will feature a dynamic program with varied sessions for both veteran and novice educators in all roles and across all grade levels. On Saturday, our Parent Forum will offer a variety of sessions focused on strategies for supporting children with advanced learning needs, building positive school-home partnerships, and advocating on the school, district, and state/federal levels. 

    Conference strands include Evidence-Based Curriculum and Instruction (content and strategies)Effective Program Leadership; Addressing the Excellence Gap Through Diversity, Equity, and InclusionAcceleration; and Social-Emotional Support.

    Please note the following: 

     *Those with paid registrations for the full conference will receive a one-year IAGC membership.

    **Prior to September 1, 2021 cancellations will receive a refund minus a $25 processing fee. There are no refunds for cancellations made after September 1, 2021. Changes in attendees can be made without charge.

    ***The IAGC will use the Whova app for this virtual conference. Please note that conference registrants are listed in the attendee list on Whova Apps to help foster pre-event networking. If a user does not want his/her name and profile to be listed and viewed by other attendees, he/she needs to explicitly opt themselves out by changing the visibility setting on the Setting menu to be “invisible.”

    ****5 Professional development hour per day are available to attendees on Thursday and Friday to attendees who complete attendance and documentation requirements (e.g. sign-in/sign-out/evaluation). Full-day, 5-hour attendance is required for professional development credit for Thursday and/or Friday.

    ******Sessions will be recorded and available for registrants on the event platform for approx. 3 months following the Conference.


    • 01/08/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual
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    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. 

    • 01/11/2022
    • 03/01/2022
    • 6 sessions
    • online
    • 29
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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, 2021

    February 8, 2021

    February 22, 2021

    March 1, 2021

    March 15, 2021


    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.

    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 35% 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.  



      • 01/21/2022
      • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
      • Virtual
      • 8
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      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, 6 PD hours are available with required attendance documentation and evaluation form.

      Facilitated by:

      Patricia Steinmeyer (IAGC Executive Director; Gifted/Advanced Education Consultant)

      Jeanine Buishas (IAGC Past-President; Gifted Education Consultant)


      • 02/02/2022
      • 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Virtual
      • 50
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      C3: Coordinators Connect and Collaborate

      Wednesday, February 2, 2022

      11:45 - 12:30

      Please join us for this month's conversations

      Topic TBD


      • 02/03/2022
      • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Online
      • 100
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      Parent Book Study - Winter Evening Session

      Faciliated by Kimberly Freitag

      Topic: Addressing Perfectionism

      Readings:

      Chapter 3, "Perfectionism in Gifted Students" Kristie Speirs Neumeister from Maureen Neiihart, Steven I Pfeiffer and Tracy L. Cross, Editors. The Social & Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What Do We Know?, 2nd ed. NAGC (2016).

      Chapter 17, "Helping Gifted Children Learn Healthy Strategies and Create Realistic Expectations." from Kathleen Nilles, Jennifer L. Jolly, Tracy Ford Inman and Joan Franklin Smutney, Editors. Success Strategies for Parenting Gifted Kids. NAGC (2019).

      Books available at a 20% Discount from Routledge Press Taylor & Francis Group  (use Promo Code FLR40)

      Also Available on Amazon 



      • 03/02/2022
      • 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Virtual
      • 50
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      C3: Coordinators Connect and Collaborate

      Wednesday, March 2, 2022

      11:45 - 12:30

      Please join us for this month's conversations

      Topic TBD


      • 03/03/2022
      • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Online
      • 100
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      Parent Book Study - Winter Evening Session

      Facilitated by Kimberly Freitag

      Topic: Acceleration

      Readings: Chapter 5: "Whole-Grade Acceleration: Grade-Skipping and Early Entrance to Kindergarten or First Grade" by Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Susan G. Assouline, and Nicholas Colangelo from A Nation Empowered (Volume II). Belin-Blank Center, College of Education, University of Iowa (2015).

      Free A Nation Empowered - Volume 2 Download



      • 04/06/2022
      • 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Virtual
      • 50
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      C3: Coordinators Connect and Collaborate

      Wednesday, April 6, 2022

      11:45 - 12:30

      Please join us for this month's conversations

      Topic TBD


      • 04/07/2022
      • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
      • Online
      • 100
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      Parent Book Study - Spring Morning Session

      Facilitated by Rhoda Rosen

      Topic: Psychosocial Factors that Support Academic Success

      Readings:

      Chapters 13, "Psychosocial Factors in Talent Development," by Maureen Neibert

      Chapter 16, "Optimal Parenting and Family Environments for Talent Development" buy Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

      from Maureen Neiihart, Steven I Pfeiffer and Tracy L. Cross, Editors. The Social & Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What Do We Know?, 2nd ed. NAGC (2016).


      Books available at a 20% Discount from Routledge Press Taylor & Francis Group  (use Promo Code FLR40)

      Also Available on Amazon       




      • 04/09/2022
      • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Virtual
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      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. 

      • 05/04/2022
      • 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Virtual
      • 50
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      C3: Coordinators Connect and Collaborate

      Wednesday, May 4, 2022

      11:45 - 12:30

      Please join us for this month's conversations

      Topic TBD


      • 05/05/2022
      • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
      • Online
      • 100
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      Parent Book Study - Spring Morning Session

      Facilitated by Rhoda Rosen

      Topic: Keeping your Gifted Student Motivated

      Readings:

      Chapter 4, Kenneth Kierwa, "Seven Ways Parents Help Children Unleash Their Talents"

      Chapter 15, Del Siegle & Betsy McCoach, "Do's and Don'ts for Motivating Your High Ability Child." 

      from 

      Kathleen Nilles, Jennifer L. Jolly, Tracy Ford Inman and Joan Franklin Smutney, Editors. Success Strategies for Parenting Gifted Kids. NAGC (2019).


      Books available at a 20% Discount from Routledge Press Taylor & Francis Group  (use Promo Code FLR40)

      Also Available on Amazon

         




      • 06/02/2022
      • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
      • Online
      • 100
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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


         




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

      • 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. 

     

    Contact Us:

    Illinois Association for Gifted Children

    1500 Sullivan Road
    Aurora, IL 60506

    Ph: 630-907-5047
    Fax: 630-907-5976


    email us:  

    Director@IAGCgifted.org

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