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Illinois Association for Gifted Children
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.
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.
IAGC Quarterly Network Committee Meeting
Our Network Committee Vision is that there is an active grassroots movement focused on supporting the needs of gifted children that consists of parents, educators, educational organizations, university professionals, health care providers, business leaders, and community leaders with representation from each region within Illinois.
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.
Legislation, Acceleration, and Accountability: What Administrators Need to Know
Administrator Academy #3011
This academy is being offered at no charge as a part of the Annual Conference. To receive academy credit, full day attendance and completion of the Application Dissemination is required.
To be admitted, please register on this page. Registration is also required for the Friday of the Conference.
This Administrators Academy is targeted to district superintendents and district level administrators. It also presents useful information for school principals.
This course will increase awareness and knowledge about acceleration, an evidence-based intervention for meeting the needs of high-ability learners. The course reviews 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 also gain resources and knowledge to implement, review, and improve policies to meet the needs of high-ability learners.
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.
Academic Acceleration 101:
The Integrated Acceleration System
Susan Assouline, Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, and Randy Lange
Who needs to be accelerated? What form of acceleration is needed? When it is best to accelerate? Presenters provide an objective process, supported by the online Integrated Acceleration System, that facilitates decisions about who, what form, and when. In this interactive session, participants will consider the major forms of acceleration and learn about the research underlying this underused intervention. The session will include practical tips for the process of making acceleration decisions and for the transition period after acceleration has occurred
This half-day session is being offered at no charge as a part of the Annual Conference. Registration is required for Friday of the conference. To reserve your space, please register on this page.
Registration for the Friday Conference is also required.
A full morning of lectures and discussions with experts in the field of gifted children.
The Illinois Association for Gifted Children is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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