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IAGC Professional Interactive Learning Event
C3: Coordinators Connect and Collaborate
(Virtual meetings via Zoom on the 1st Thursday of each month)
November 5, 2020
12PM - 1PM
Coordinators and Lead Teachers of advanced academic programs are invited to join our monthly conversations focused on advanced learners.
November Focus Topic: Alternate Identification Practices During Remote Learning
Facilitators: Randy Lange (IAGC Board Member, Gifted Coordinator, La Grange District 102, Jeanine Buishas, IAGC President)
The monthly schedule will include both specific focus topics and open forums. Share your input for upcoming meetings HERE
IAGC Quarterly Education Committee Meeting
November 7, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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. A link will be sent a few days before the virtual meeting.
IAGC Quarterly Advocacy Committee Meeting
Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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 and send a link to participants a few days before the Committee Meeting.
IAGC Fall Quarterly Board Meeting
Saturday, November 7, 2020: 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
The IAGC board meets quarterly to discuss organizational business. All IAGC members are always welcome. Please register so we can anticipate your attendance and send you a link to join the meeting.
December 3, 2020
December Focus Topic: Open Forum
Selecting and reading a book has many facets of consideration, especially for advanced readers. Finding appropriate texts is important, but supporting and nurturing thoughtful readers involves much more...
The "what and why" of literary applications will be the main topics of this book rich conversation. How students take in and synthesize what they read will be discussed with a lens on what is appropriate for their reading propensity as well as that is a relevant fit and match for their maturational development.
Our conversation will discuss picture books, novels and other literary selections for curious readers. Parents and educators will leave with a list of rich texts to explore, as well as a wealth of new ideas to add depth, meaning, and enjoyment to a child's reading experience.
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. Now in her “encore career”, Laura is committed to the professional development of teachers supporting the implementation of best practice literacy instruction. Laura believes in the use of high-quality children’s literature as a vehicle to support both the cognitive and affective development of all ages of students. Her personal children’s literature collection is vast and weaves an appreciation of quality authors and illustrators. She is an active member of the Center for Teaching Through Children’s Books and long-time member of the Reading Leadership Institute both with roots at National Louis University. (To read more about Laura Beltchenko, please visit the IAGC website.)
Register for the Illinois Association for Gifted Children virtual “Equity & Inclusion in Action Summit” on February 5-6, 2021! At this summit, educators, school and district administrators and gifted specialists from Illinois and throughout the Midwest are invited to network and hear presentations by state and national experts sharing practical strategies to identify and meet the needs of advanced learners from diverse racial, cultural, linguistic and socio-economic backgrounds.
Dr. Frank Worrell, Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California
April Wells, Gifted Coordinator U-46 and Author
Scott Peters, PhD, Professor of Assessment and Research Methodology, University of Wisconsin
Colin Seale, CEO/Founder of ThinkLaw, Author
Patricia Valente, Bilingual Coordinator and Instructional Coach at Rantoul City Schools
Join us and be a "part of the action" to make diversity, equity, & inclusion in gifted and advanced programming happen in our schools.
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