Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Mary Ann Paradise and Jane Gorman
IAGC Convention Co-chairs

The 19th Annual Illinois State Convention for Gifted Children will be three days of networking, learning, renewing and reflection. Diversity, disadvantaged children, program development, STEM, and Common Core, will be interwoven themes among the multiple offerings that are scheduled.

Sunday, February 9, will be a full day of offerings. Educators will have opportunities to interact with Jim Curry, Kimberley Chandler, and Linda Sheffield. A Parent Workshop will feature Michael Clay Thompson, Vinnie Vrotny and networking opportunities. Administrator Academy, GES Workshops for Gifted Coordinators and Counseling the Gifted are scheduled, too. A special highlight of the day will be the debut of an evening Presidents' Reception with Deborah Delisle, the Assistant U.S. Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education under Arne Duncan, as our invited guest. Over appetizers and a cash bar, we will have the opportunity to network with our IAGC members and hear the unique national perspective on education from Deb Delisle.

Monday and Tuesday, February 10 and 11, will also have a full schedule of state and national experts presenting topics of interest to beginning as well as experienced teachers. Monday we will host over a dozen Round Table Discussions of various topics. Tuesday, a panel of experts will discuss "Low-Income, High Ability Learners: Can Their Talent Emerge?"

Come join us at the Chicago Marriott Naperville, renew old friendships, meet new individuals vested in the gifted learner, and enjoy yourself.

Check the IAGC convention web page for further information and download the registration flyer. We look forward to sharing this event with you!