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Illinois Association for Gifted Children
C-3 Coordinators Connect and Collaborate
February 4, 2021
12PM - 1PM
This month's topic: Talent Development
Facilitators: Randy Lange, Talent Development Services Coordinator and IAGC Board Member and Jeanine Buishas, IAGC President
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1ST THURSDAYS OF EACH MONTH
4:15 PM - 5:00PM
February 4th, 2021 Topic: TBD
These sessions are targeted to teachers with 5 or less years of experience or who are in new positions working with advanced learners. Veteran educators are welcomed to join the conversation to share insights and strategies.
Facilitated by: Randy Lange (IAGC Board Member and Talent Development Coordinator in LaGrange 102 School District and Jeanine Buishas (IAGC President)
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. (Although the summit is geared to educators, interested parents are welcome!)
More information can be found on the IAGC website.
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.
February 8th Topic: "Boundaries: Back to Basics"
This month's Round Table will be facilitated by IAGC Board Members Denise Kuchta & Pamela Shaw with special guest, Jessica Broom-McBride
A link to the meeting will be emailed with your registration.
Increasing Rigor Strategies (Grades K-4)
For Educators of Students At or Above Grade Level
As we continue to embark on distance learning or hybrid or face to face, we want to continue to advance students’ thinking at a higher level. Rigor is a balance of conceptual, procedural and application knowledge. How can we structure our math curriculum to balance all three? We will look at some facilitative strategies for building rigor and how to promote higher order thinking skills. A few topics that will be covered during our time together will be; standard investigation, rich tasks, open-ended questioning, Bloom’s Taxonomy, facilitating learning through good questioning and providing feedback to support and scaffold student learning. We will investigate the standards to make sure we are teaching with the depth and rigor required. All level learners need to continue to show growth, specific strategies will be shared in order to challenge our students who are functioning at or above grade level. Having a facilitative approach will increase the rigor of any subject.
Increasing Rigor Strategies (Grades 5-8)
For Educators of Students at or Above Grade Level
March 4, 2021
General Topic: Talent Development
Specific Focus TBD
March 4th, 2021 Topic: TBD
March 8 Topic: "Supporting Twice-Exceptional Children".
This month's Round Table will be facilitated by IAGC Board Members Denise Kuchta & Pamela Shaw.
Topics are subject to change depending upon current events.
How to Foster Creativity in Young Writers- 10 Tips and Tricks
Are you looking for new approaches to promote creative thinking and storytelling in your upper elementary/middle school classroom? A great way to inspire students, including advanced learners, is to explore strategies used and suggested by professional authors.
Author Sarah Hammond will discuss the structure of a fiction writing session and give ten tips and tricks to boost creativity in students. Topics covered will include: ways to spark imagination, how to deepen story craft techniques, and a discussion of writerly processes to improve conditions when working with the imagination. There will also be an opportunity for a Q&A. Attendees will leave with practical resources to help their pupils’ stories to soar!
About Sarah Hammond
Sarah is an international author for young people and has published for both teens and younger readers. Her debut novel, The Night Sky in my Head (Oxford University Press), was shortlisted for the Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year Award, the Leeds Book Award (14-16 category), the James Reckitt Hull Children's Book Award, and the Angus Book Award. Her first picture book, Mine!, was published by Parragon.
Sarah has spoken about story craft and the creative process to audiences large and small, visited schools, run classes and competitions, mentored students, spoken on the radio, at conferences and universities. To find out more about her and her workshops, see www.sarahhammond.org.
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.
April 1, 2021
This month's topic: Open Forum
What's on your mind? Bring questions, insights, and concerns to the table. Problem solve and share ideas with colleagues across the state during this collaborative session.
April 1st, 2021 Topic: TBD
April 12th Topic: "The "Gifted Identification Process" in Schools: What to Expect".
May 6, 2021
May 6th, 2021 Topic: TBD
May 10th Topic: "Ways to Keep Your Child Learning Over the Summer".
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