President's Message: Why Would I Want an Endorsement for Gifted on My License?
by Dr. Sally Thomson
It is with great honor and pleasure that I write my first President's Message to you all as the 12th president of IAGC. I hope to be able to fulfill my two-year term in the excellent tradition of my predecessors. I realize I have some very large shoes to fill, and at a time when gifted education in Illinois is at a critical period.
The coming of spring this year seemed to be a hard-fought battle. In order to herald the long-awaited arrival of the favorite season for so many, we metaphorically sat in darkness awaiting the dawn. We yearned to hear birdsong and feel sunshine on our faces. The smell of thawing earth was welcomed by our nostrils, and the appearance of those tiny green buds pressing up through the ground was an even more welcome sight this year than usual.
Illinois educators should feel much the same way about the long-awaited Gifted Endorsement. Its arrival, long proclaimed by IAGC and the State Board of Education, is now a reality. The proficiency exam is being created as I write, and we have a target date of fall of 2014 for its release. So, what does this mean to you? Why should you care?