Tuesday, September 27, 2011

IAGC 17th Annual gifted convention, Feb. 5-7, 2012

17th Annual IAGC ConventionMark your calendars for 
February 5-7, 2012!

Chicago Marriott Downtown

Classroom teachers, gifted coordinators, administrators, and parents will be 
attending the Seventeenth Annual IAGC Convention to experience presentations in the areas of program development, specific subject areas, social and emotional issues, parents, and diverse gifted populations.

See some of what we have planned for you:

Bruce-Mau-photo-2The convention attendees will participate in a luncheon/special presentation on Monday. During this General Session for Everyone, 
Bruce Mau, Co-Founder of Massive Change Network, will speak on the topic of “Sustaining the Gift of Education”. He is an award-winning author, educator and design innovator. 
Bruce Mau
 is the embodiment of the 21st Century Skills that we must foster in our gifted learners as we prepare them to face future global issues. In addition, screening of David Österberg’s documentary film ‘The Plan’ will be held both Monday and Tuesday. This thought provoking film highlights individuals who are making a difference in the world and underscores Bruce Mau’s message.

Photo courtesy of Dave Gillespie

Sunday Parent Workshop 
We have a stimulating afternoon planned for parents of gifted children. Our featured presentation will be “Understanding, Assessing and Supporting Your Gifted and Talented Child's Potential: A conversation with Andy Mahoney M.S., L.C.P.C.” Andy Mahoney, a counselor and one of the pioneers in the field of counseling the gifted, will present and discuss how parents can create a better “fit” to activate and support their child’s gifted identity potential.  The focus of his presentation will include issues related to achievement, learning, language processing, executive function, assessment challenges, and forming an identity that “fits” when a child is gifted and talented. In addition, we'll have Paula Kosin, who is Marketing Manager and Career Consultant of Career Vision of Glen Ellyn. Her topic will be "Start Early-Start Smart: Why Early College Major & Career Planning is Essential for Gifted Students." Finally, we'll have our traditional breakout discussion groups on topics pertinent to your interests and needs, led by experienced facilitators. Come, share the afternoon and learn with your friends. Please plan to join us!

Sunday Educator Workshop
Title:  Curriculum Models that Meet the Needs of All Gifted and Talented Students 
Presenter: Tamra Stambaugh 
Time:   1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
What are the characteristics of quality curriculum for gifted and talented students?  What criteria should be used to choose curricular materials for gifted and talented students, including disadvantaged learners? Participants will be given examples of effective curriculum models for working with gifted students, and will also focus on the design specifications for rich, complex, and challenging curriculum. This session is designed for teachers who are interested in learning how to provide rigorous, content-based curriculum to all types of gifted and talented learners.

: We would like to invite you to join our 17th Annual Illinois Association for Gifted Children Convention where movers and shakers across the state come together to share and look for new ideas that affect the lives of these children.
  • Download Cover Letter here.
  • Download Details and Application here.
  • Deadline is December 1, 2011.

For the registration brochure, click here
The Early Bird registration discount deadline is November 18, 2011

Plan your visit to Chicago. Go here.

See you there!
Mary Ann Paradise and Jane Seidel, Convention Co-chairs

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