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Leadership in Gifted Education: ITAG 2019 is a Course

Leadership in Gifted Education: ITAG 2019

Ended Oct 26, 2019
1 credit

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Full course description

Intended Audience:  Educators attending the Iowa Talented and Gifted (ITAG) Association conference in Des Moines; a pre-conference session about Academic Acceleration is available on October 14 but NOT required; the conference dates are October 14, and 15 (the Pre-Conference about Young Gifted Children is Sunday, October 13, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.; Parent Day is Sunday, October 13, 1:00 – 5:00); additional days are added to allow participants to submit an annotated list of sessions attended and a synthesis of the main theme(s).

Course Description:  This course has a professional leadership emphasis.  Experts in the field of gifted education, as well as experienced educators from across the state (and beyond), will present successful practices and significant issues and theories related to serving the varied needs of gifted and talented students.  Conference strands include cognitive and social/emotional needs of the gifted, creativity, ethnic, cultural, and gender issues, as well as curriculum and programming topics.

Course Objectives:  

·       Reflect on themes that emerge from the ITAG conference sessions, creating an annotated list of all sessions attended.  

·       Reflect on the actions that you anticipate taking on behalf of your gifted/talented students in order to better support their needs.

Course Requirements: (from the 2018 syllabus—dates and links have been updated)

·       Register for the Iowa Licensure Renewal Unit through

·       Register for the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association Conference (October 14 – 15, Des Moines, IA)

·       Attend at least 90% of all ITAG Conference sessions (the pre-conference about Identifying the Young Gifted Child is NOT required but may substitute for conference sessions the participant will have to miss; a separate credit option (PSQF:5194:0WKC) is available to those who do attend the pre-conference about complete all the requirements. Contact Dr. Laurie Croft ( for more information).  As well, participation in the Sunday, October 13, Parent Day is not required by may substitute for conference sessions the participant will have to miss.

·       Review the national standards in gifted education (the teacher preparation standards and the Pre-K – Grade 12 Programming standards.) Reflect on the standards that were addressed through the conference program. 

·       Create an annotated list of all sessions attended, including

  • Date of presentation
  • Presenter(s)
  • Title
  • Two or three lines about the main point(s)

·       Create a synthesis of your conference experience. Connect your learning with at least one national standard in gifted education.

·       Write a brief evaluation (another higher-level thinking opportunity) of how your conference experience will impact you in your role as educator, counselor, administrator, even parent.

·       ALL requirements must be emailed to Dr. Laurie Croft ( by October 24, 2018.

Course Materials:  N/A