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2024 IAGC annual Conference


NOVEMBER 1 & 2,  2024


Talent Scouts and Opportunity Bridges






  • THURSDAY Pre-Conference Admin Academy
  • FRIDAY ONLY  Virtual mini-Conference
  • FRIDAY  Membership Meeting, Social Hour Reception
  • SATURDAY Student Talent Showcase
  • Optional Box Lunch
  • Choice of TWO Lunch Breaks
  • Earn 5 hours PD per day (additional registration with PD+ required)
  • SATURDAY Keynote with Dr. Matt Zakreski
  • Attend up to 5 Parent Focused Strands
  • Optional Box Lunch
  • Network with our exhibitors to learn about  Resources and Opportunities for gifted children
  • Student Talent Showcase
  • Learn about Policy and Advocacy opportunities for kids with advanced learning needs in Illinois. 

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2024 IAGC Annual Conference

The 29th Annual IAGC Conference is excited to be offering several options for our many attendees, members, and supporters from across the state of Illinois. 

WHEN:      Friday November 1 and Saturday November 22024

TIME:         8:30 am - 3:30 pm

WHERE:    NIU Naperville Conference Center,  1120 E. Diehl Road, Naperville IL  60563


Friday   Keynote Presenter:  Dr. Emily Mofield   Talent Scout

Saturday   Keynote Presenter:  Dr. Matt Zakreski    Opportunity Bridge 

WHAT:      5 hrs PD credit per day (requires sign-in/ sign out each day and registration on PD+)

New this year:

    • The two-day conference is being held on Friday and Saturday, allowing better flexibility for schools who are struggling with filling requests for subs.    Check to see if your school compensates teachers for PD held outside of contract hours in lieu of sub pay.
    • one-day virtual ticket includes 5 pre-selected sessions (including the Keynote presentation) on Friday only for those who are unable to travel to Naperville.  Attendees will be required to sign in / sign out of each session in order to receive 5 PD credits. (limited availability)
    • gourmet box-lunch option, provided by NIU catering, is available to purchase when you register.  In addition, we are scheduling two lunch sessions into each day.  We hope this will allow for less crowding and a more comfortable lunchtime experience for everyone.
    • An Exhibitor Adventure Map with longer exhibitor visiting times to allow our attendees to benefit from the many resources and experts who support gifted children and their families and teachers. 
    • Friday Social Hour in the NIU Ballroom immediately following the IAGC membership meeting, including complimentary refreshments, raffle prizes, meet and greet with our Keynote Presenters and our Sponsors, and fun / challenging games!
    • Parent Saturday to support and connect the families of gifted and advanced children. 
    • Saturday Student Talent Showcase to inspire and entertain guests!

Join fellow educators, parents, and gifted program professionals from across Illinois for the 29th IAGC Annual Conference on November 1st & 2nd, 2024 at the Northern Illinois University Conference Center in Naperville.  

The IAGC has several new and exciting plans for this year's conference, including:

      • pre-conference Administrator Academy
      • a 2-day Educator conference (Friday and Saturday)
      • a Virtual mini-conference (Friday only) 
      • Parent Saturday (Saturday only) 
      • Student Talent Showcase (Saturday only)

Various sessions are scheduled to support both veteran and novice educators in all roles and across all grade levels, in addition to school psychologists and social workers and, of course, parents.

Conference strands include: 

        • Evidence-Based Curriculum and Instruction
        • Effective Program Leadership
        • Addressing Opportunity Gaps
        • Acceleration and Identification
        • Social-Emotional Learning and Support
        • Effective Use of Technology
        • Parent Focus

Keynote Speakers:


Reimagining Possibilities: Transforming Potential into Realized Talent

Dr. Emily Mofield is an Associate Professor at Lipscomb University, serving as co-director of the Gifted and Advanced Academics Graduate Program and faculty for the PhD and EdD Programs in Leadership. With over 20 years of experience in gifted education as a teacher, district leader, and researcher, Emily is passionate about developing high-quality resources to equip teachers to identify, serve, and support gifted and high-potential students. Her work focuses on curriculum, differentiation, social emotional learning, and collaborative teaching practices in gifted education. Emily is an award winning educator and author, with numerous publications including articles, book chapters, and 13 books in the field of gifted education. Her newest books include Vertical Differentiation for Gifted, Advanced, and High-Potential Students: 25 Strategies to Stretch Student Thinking and Coaching in Gifted Education (with Vicki Phelps).


The Children Shall Lead Us: A Guide to Interest-Based Learning

Matthew “Dr. Matt” Zakreski, PsyD is a high energy, creative clinical psychologist and professional speaker who utilizes an eclectic approach to meet the specific needs of his neurodivergent clients. He is proud to serve the Gifted community as a consultant, a professor, an author, and a researcher. He has spoken over 400 times all over the world about supporting neurodivergent kids. He is the co-founder of The Neurodiversity Collective.

Visit The Neurodiversity Collective          


Please review the schedule offerings and additional add-ons to plan your attendance. 

Membership Registrations may not be combined with Conference Registrations. 


 Member 1-day
 Member 2-day
 Non-Member 1 day
 Non-Member 2 day
 Virtual (Friday only)

Registration CLOSES October 21, 2024.

No refunds will be issued after September 10, 2024.  Tickets may be transferred, with approval from IAGC office. 

All tickets purchased after October 1 must be paid for via credit card at time of registration. 

Unpaid registrations will be cancelled and removed from the attendee list by October 22 unless previous arrangements have been made (

Purchase Orders:

                    • are only accepted for ticket orders over $1000
                    • are not accepted after October 1, 2024  
                    • must be paid within 60 days of registration  
                    • Contact to arrange for purchase order or group registrations. 

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