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    • 06/15/2020
    • 12:00 AM (CDT)
    • 08/14/2020
    • 11:30 PM (CDT)
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    IAGC-Gifted Education Seminar (GES)

    This training was developed specifically for classroom teachers who do not have background in how to serve gifted students. Because the copyright ends December 2020, this is the final year IAGC will offer GES.  This interactive, comprehensive, multi-module course, developed in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education, helps teachers, administrators, gifted coordinators, and all who serve gifted children to deepen their understanding of how to teach and reach gifted and talented students. Topics included are theories and perspectives on giftedness, knowing the “whole child,” curriculum models, differentiation, and social-emotional needs. Start date is June 15, 2020 and the course completes on August 14, 2020. 

    To complete this course, you must purchase two books.  There are Achieving Excellence: Educating the Gifted and Talented by Frances A. Karnes and Kristen R. Stephens and Differentiation:  Simplified, Realistic, and Effective by Bertie Kingore.  These books are available either new or used online.

    This course consists of 45 hours of independent study and you will receive 45 PDHs. 

    Trainers have experience as teachers and/or administrators in gifted programs in Illinois. Presenters are all GES-certified trainers and have taught the GES prior to this class. 

    • 06/17/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CDT)
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    Illinois Association for Gifted Children "PD on the Patio" series 

    Getting to Know Advanced Learners: Attributes and Needs

    This session is the first of a series of virtual "PD on the Patio" series focusing on important topics related to meeting the needs of advanced learners. 

    Who are the advanced learners in your classroom? Gifted and talented learners are found in all racial, ethnic, income levels, and exceptionality groups.  This session provides an introduction to common characteristics of advanced learners and considerations for application to targeted curriculum and instruction. 

    The session is facilitated by Jeanine Buishas, IAGC President and educational consultant. Shis currently the Coordinator of Gifted Services for the DuPage Regional Office of Education, and has over 30 years of experience in gifted education.   

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

    Participants may register for one or more of this 6-session series. While spaces last in all sessions, a special "bundle rate" is available for those who register for all 6 sessions. For information about the "bundle" rate, email director@iagcgifted.org. In the event of insufficient registrations, class may be cancelled with a refund to registrants for the cost of the session.

    • 06/24/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CDT)
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    Illinois Association for Gifted Children "PD on the Patio" series 

    Getting to Know Advanced Learners: Attributes and Needs

    This session is the second of the series of virtual "PD on the Patio" series focusing on important topics related to meeting the needs of advanced learners. 

    How can educators help to build and strengthen parent partnerships to support the needs of advanced learners? This session explores ways educators can proactively work with parents to create a trusting, mutually supportive relationship, while keeping the focus on student needs. You’ll walk away with proven communications strategies, tools, and templates to foster strong relationships, channel parent advocacy, and ensure support of your gifted program’s mission.

    Kathleen Nilles, the facilitator for this session, is the Parent Services & Communications Manager and editor of Parenting for High Potential magazine for the National Association of Gifted Children. She has spent the past 15 years immersed in understanding for the needs of the gifted, and is well-versed on issues at the national, state, and local levels. Kathleen is the co-editor of the new book Success Strategies for Parenting Gifted Kids: Expert Advice from the National Association for Gifted Children (Prufrock, 2019). 

    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.

    Bundle Rate Available: Participants may register for one or more sessions in this 6-session series. While spaces last in all sessions, a special "bundle rate" is available for those who register for all 6 sessions. For information about the "bundle" rate, email director@iagcgifted.org. In the event of insufficient registrations, class may be cancelled with a refund to registrants for the cost of the session.

    • 07/08/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CDT)
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    Illinois Association for Gifted Children "PD on the Patio" series 

    Session 3: Techniques for Supporting Advanced Learners' Social-Emotional Needs in the Classroom

    This session is the third of the series of virtual "PD on the Patio" series focusing on important topics related to meeting the needs of advanced learners. 

    This session, facilitated by Kevin Kusy, IAGC Board Member and counselor at Illinois Math and Science Academy, explores techniques for supporting advanced learners social-emotionally in the classroom. Topics will include addressing challenges related to anxiety, perfectionism, as well as building teacher awareness of potential trauma. This session is geared to middle school and high school, but elementary level teachers are also welcome.

    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.

    Bundle Rate Available: Participants may register for one or more sessions in this 6-session series. While spaces last in all sessions, a special "bundle rate" is available for those who register for all 6 sessions. For information about the "bundle" rate, email director@iagcgifted.org. In the event of insufficient registrations, class may be cancelled with a refund to registrants for the cost of the session.

    • 07/22/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CDT)
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    Illinois Association for Gifted Children "PD on the Patio" series 

    Session 4: The Talent Development Approach to Gifted Education

    This session is the fourth of the series of virtual "PD on the Patio" series focusing on important topics related to meeting the needs of advanced learners. 

    How can teachers help all the advanced learners in their classrooms maximize their potential? This session provides an overview of the Talent Development Approach to gifted education, which emphasizes developing potential and a continuum of services for maximizing each child's potential. Strategies for identifying talent in students from culturally, linguistically, and/or economically diverse backgrounds will be explored.

    This session will be facilitated by IAGC Past-President Dr. Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Director of the Center for Talent Development and professor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Over the past 32 years, she has created programs for diverse groups of gifted learners and written extensively on issues of talent development, particularly on programming for under-represented gifted students and outside-of-school and accelerative models of gifted education.

    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.

    Bundle Rate Available: Participants may register for one or more sessions in this 6-session series. While spaces last in all sessions, a special "bundle rate" is available for those who register for all 6 sessions. For information about the "bundle" rate, email director@iagcgifted.org. In the event of insufficient registrations, class may be cancelled with a refund to registrants for the cost of the session.

    • 08/05/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CDT)
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    Illinois Association for Gifted Children "PD on the Patio" series 

    Session 5: Supporting Advanced Learners from Culturally, Linguistically, and/or Economically Diverse Backgrounds


    Looking for ways to maximize the potential and support high level learning for all of the students in your classroom? This session provides techniques and strategies for developing talent and providing equity and access to advanced programming for students from culturally, linguistically, and/or economically diverse backgrounds.

    This session will be faciltated by Denise Kuchta and Dr. Adrienne Coleman.

    Dr. Coleman, a Diversity & Inclusion speaker/researcher, serves as the Multicultural Education Specialist at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA).  In this role, she is responsible for promoting a culture that appreciates, affirms, and includes students, faculty, and staff from a multiplicity of cultural backgrounds, who have high talent and interest in mathematics and science.

    Denise Kuchta  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.

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

    Bundle Rate Available: Participants may register for one or more sessions in this 6-session series. While spaces last in all sessions, a special "bundle rate" is available for those who register for all 6 sessions. For information about the "bundle" rate, email director@iagcgifted.org. In the event of insufficient registrations, class may be cancelled with a refund to registrants for the cost of the session.

    • 08/12/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CDT)
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    Illinois Association for Gifted Children "PD on the Patio" series 

    Session 6: Brainstorming and Creative Thinking Strategies to Support Advanced Learners


    This session is the sixth of the series of virtual "PD on the Patio" series focusing on important topics related to meeting the needs of advanced learners. 

    Looking for new brainstorming and creative thinking strategies to challenge, inspire, and engage advanced learners in your classroom? This session, facilitated by IAGC  Board Member and District 102 Talent Development Coordinator, Dr. Randy Lange, provides a wealth of ideas to get your school year off to a productive and generative start for advanced learners in your classroom!

    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.

    Bundle Rate Available: Participants may register for one or more sessions in this 6-session series. While spaces last in all sessions, a special "bundle rate" is available for those who register for all 6 sessions. For information about the "bundle" rate, email director@iagcgifted.org. In the event of insufficient registrations, class may be cancelled with a refund to registrants for the cost of the session.

 

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

The Illinois Association for Gifted Children is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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