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    • 10/14/2021
    • 8:00 AM
    • 10/15/2021
    • 4:00 PM
    • Online


    IAGC 26th Annual Conference

    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.

    • 11/02/2021
    • 4:00 PM
    • 12/14/2021
    • 6:00 PM
    • online
    • 26

    Modules in Gifted Education:

    Foundations for Teaching Advanced Learners

    in Today's Classrooms

    Fall Session - Tuesdays 4-6 PM 

    Six 2- hour Virtual Classes:

    November 2, 2021

    November 9, 2021

    November 16, 2021

    November 30, 2021

    December 7, 2021

    December 14, 2021

    *no class Thanksgiving Week (Nov. 23 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.


    Module 1: Understanding Advanced Learners (4 hours in-class time + 5 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 + 5 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 + 5 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

      Books are also available from Amazon/other book sellers.

      All classroom sessions must be attended and readings/assignments completed for module credit. 9 hours of professional development credit is available for each module after satisfactorily completing all of the requirements/assignments for that module.  


    Contact Us:

    Illinois Association for Gifted Children

    1500 Sullivan Road
    Aurora, IL 60506

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

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