Advocacy - Susan Rhodes
1. Form a grass roots gifted education advocacy network.
2. Communicate needs of gifted children at ISBE and State budget hearings.
3. Provide support for teachers and parents at local level as they advocate for gifted children.
- Every Illinois state legislator understands the need to support gifted education.
- Illinois has a large, readily accessible and effective network of gifted education supporters and advocates from different constituencies (parents, students, educators, schools, businesses, lawyers).
Awards and Scholarships - Lori Swan, Susan Corwith
- Increase awareness of scholarship opportunities among all stakeholders.
- Review all awards and recognition to eliminate ambiguity and clarity purposes.
- Actively solicit funds for the continuation of each award.
- Significantly increase the number of qualified applicants for each scholarship.
- Recognize excellence, leadership, and potential.
- Stabilize funding for scholarship opportunities.
Communications - Sally Thomson and Joan Smutny / Consultant: Terry Mohaupt
- Disseminate information via live, print and social media.
- Streamline the Courier to increase outreach and maximize efficiency.
- Streamline the Journal for increased outreach and maximum efficiency.
- Promote increased organizational visibility through use of marketing materials.
Convention - Julie Luck Jensen, Susan Rhodes
- Continue offering a statewide convention at the Chicago Marriott Naperville, February 2-4, 2017.
- Evaluate the new and continued offerings for Convention 22 after the convention is over to determine future program modifications.
- Follow Convention Timeline as devised.
- Continue to support the Standards component in the Call for Proposal.
- Continue in our role as support of the corporation goals by espousing their values and beliefs, being responsive to our members' needs in our offerings, and modeling the Association's dedication to the gifted learner.
- Negotiate with the Chicago marriott Naperville for future conventions.
- Continue to provide needed income to the Association.
- Expand our parent offerings.
Diverse Gifted Populations - April Wells
1. Work on a plan of action to accomplish our goals for 2017 as it relates to vision above.
2. Start laying groundwork for implementing our goals for 2017.
3. Recruit gifted professionals for their perspective, developing message and focus.
- Bring professional development in the area of diverse gifted populations directly to schools.
- Connect and provide sservices and/or topical support to parents through presentations or meetings.
Education - Andrea Zietlow, Laura Beltchenko, Lori Swan, Dianne (Mini) Woodard, Judy Minor
1. To develop guidelines to assist educators in interpreting and utilizing assessment data to identify gifted and talented children in order to adapt curriculum to meet their needs.
2. To provide resources and strategies to enable educators to adapt the Common Core State Standards to the needs of gifted and talented children.
3. To develop a list of best practices for gifted education to guide educators in meeting the needs of gifted and talented students.
We will have a completed framework accessible to educators on the IAGC website so they can best address the needs of their gifted and talented students.
Executive - Julie Luck Jensen, Bonnie Park, Sally Thomson, Rosina Gallagher, Susan Rhodes; Ad hoc: Lori Swan, Sally Walker
- Provide leadership for the organization.
- Support implementation of the Illinois state gifted endorsement.
- Support fundraising opportunities to sustain and grow the organization.
- Suppot implementation of 2015 board and president's committee goals.
- Gifted education training opportunities will support the Illinois state gifted endorsement direction.
- Gifted education opportunities for educators and families of gifted children will be increased as board and president's goals are fulfilled.
Finance - Lori Swan, Executive Committee
- Prepare a fiscally responsible budget.
- Generate income to replenish reserves.
- Review financials to ensure proper accounting procedures and laws have been followed.
- Review investments and expenditures to ensure financial stewardship.
- Stabilize the financial aspects of the IAGC so that it can continue to be a self-sustaining organization.
- Ensure that all laws and regulations continue to be observed in our financial reporting.
- Report to the IAGC Board quarterly regarding the IAGC finances.
Independent/Private Schools –
1. Make sure that all private schools with a gifted ed mission are members of IAGC
2. Recruit parochial schools to IAGC
3. Encourage private school attendance at the convention
Help private/independent schools understand the "value added" benefits of an IAGC membership.
Regional Offices of Education -
1. Encourage ROEs, ISCs, and CPS to send out information to their constituents about IAGC Membership.
2. Solicit support of Regional Superintendents, Assistant
Regional Superintendents and District Gifted Coordinators to notify their constituents about the grandfathering of gifted endorsement.
3. Send all electronic PD to ISBE/ROEs/ISCs/CPS.
Regional Offices of Education in Illinois are regularly and systematically connected to IAGC, see IAGC as the prominent resource for information about gifted services and gifted education, and work collaboratively with IAGC to improve teacher training in gifted education.
Universities - Paula Olszewski-Kubilius
1. Investigate best person (e.g. associate dean, dean, dean of students) to contact with IAGC information on PD, conference, etc. Develop an email or snail mail list to use. Keep updated.
2. Work with the professional development committee and education committee to evaluate offering workshops and developing resources (e.g. self-study module on gifted education) for use with pre-service teachers.
Institutions of higher education in Illinois are regularly and systematically connected to IAG, see IAGC as the prominent resource for information about gifted services and gifted education, and work collaboratively with IAGC to improve teacher training in gifted education.
Membership - Sally Thomson, Terry Mohaupt
- Recruit memberships in all categories.
- Retain current members.
- Recognize accomplishments of members.
- IAGC will have members in every Illinois county.
- IAGC will have more than 1000 members.
Parent Affiliates - Terry Mohaupt
- Every Current Parent Affiliate will have a representative at the convention.
- Solicit input from parent group leaders.
All current Parent Affiliates will be retained; all lapsed groups will rejoin; and all potential parent groups will join and communicate with the chair and each other.
Past Presidents - Michele Kane, Rosina Gallagher
1. Foster and develop knowledge and skills in applicants new to the field
2. Prepare and publish marketing materials online
- Expand the mentoring program to include IAGC board members and committee chairs/members.
- Prepare and publish marketing materials online.
- Continue to support the organization's strategic priorities.
Policy - Julie Luck Jensen, Rosina Gallagher, Bonnie Park, Sally Walker
- Provide updates to the policy manual as needed.
- Review designated sections of the policy manual before each board meeting.
- The policy manual will be posted on our website for viewing by the board and committee chairs.
Professional Development - Robin Linn-Cohen, Sally Walker
1. To expand professional development opportunities and income for IAGC.
2. To find someone to assist with professional development event planning and implementation.
- Continue to provide statewide professional development opportunities.
- With gifted endorsement in place, offer needed classes through select universities.
- Offer access to NAGC and SENG webinars as a membership benefit.
Social and Emotional Committee - Michele Kane, Linda Lanphier, Jeanine Buishas
The Social and Emotional Committee will continue to provide parents and educators with information related to a child's social and emotional needs.
- Provide opportunities for parents and educators to learn about the social and emotional needs of gifted children through presenting the GES counseling module and Parent Academy.
- Present GES Counseling module at Convention and for any interested parties.
Technology - Jason Major
Connect with leaders in out-of-school STEM programs
The Technology committee will be directly responsible for placing 500 new gifted students into STEM programs