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    • 07/22/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CDT)
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    Illinois Association for Gifted Children "PD on the Patio" series 

    Session 4: The Talent Development Approach to Gifted Education

    This session is the fourth of the series of virtual "PD on the Patio" series focusing on important topics related to meeting the needs of advanced learners. 

    How can teachers help all the advanced learners in their classrooms maximize their potential? This session provides an overview of the Talent Development Approach to gifted education, which emphasizes developing potential and a continuum of services for maximizing each child's potential. Strategies for identifying talent in students from culturally, linguistically, and/or economically diverse backgrounds will be explored.

    This session will be facilitated by IAGC Past-President Dr. Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Director of the Center for Talent Development and professor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Over the past 32 years, she has created programs for diverse groups of gifted learners and written extensively on issues of talent development, particularly on programming for under-represented gifted students and outside-of-school and accelerative models of gifted education.

    Professional Development Hour: Participants who attend sessions and complete the required sign in, sign out, and evaluation sheets are eligible to receive 1 PD Hour Credit.

    Bundle Rate Available: Participants may register for one or more sessions in this 6-session series. While spaces last in all sessions, a special "bundle rate" is available for those who register for all 6 sessions. For information about the "bundle" rate, email director@iagcgifted.org. In the event of insufficient registrations, class may be cancelled with a refund to registrants for the cost of the session.

    • 07/22/2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online
    • 5
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    IAGC Virtual Educator "Check In" Discussion 

    Inquiry-Based Learning: Strategies for Creating Student-Driven Learning Experiences (Second Time Offering!)

    (Note date change!) Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 1:00 p.m.



    Discussion Topic: 

    In this discussion-based session, teachers will explore strategies for using inquiry-based learning methods to support student engagement and ownership. (Elementary and Middle School)

    1 hour of Professional Learning Credit available to participants. To receive credit, participants must sign in and out of the session and complete an evaluation form.

    About the Facilitator: 

      Kenyatta Revelle is an IAGC Board Member who also serves on the IAGC Education Committee. She is the Principal of Iles School (Gifted Magnet School Grades 1-8 and International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program Grades 1-5) in Springfield Public Schools District #186. She has 19 years of experience working as an educator and administrator of gifted children. As principal, she worked collaboratively to develop and implement the International Baccalaureate (IB) primary years concept-driven program of in-depth inquiry focused on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. see also: IAGC Board of Directors 




      • 08/05/2020
      • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CDT)
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      Illinois Association for Gifted Children "PD on the Patio" series 

      Session 5: Supporting Advanced Learners from Culturally, Linguistically, and/or Economically Diverse Backgrounds


      Looking for ways to maximize the potential and support high level learning for all of the students in your classroom? This session provides techniques and strategies for developing talent and providing equity and access to advanced programming for students from culturally, linguistically, and/or economically diverse backgrounds.

      This session will be faciltated by Denise Kuchta and Dr. Adrienne Coleman.

      Dr. Coleman, a Diversity & Inclusion speaker/researcher, serves as the Multicultural Education Specialist at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA).  In this role, she is responsible for promoting a culture that appreciates, affirms, and includes students, faculty, and staff from a multiplicity of cultural backgrounds, who have high talent and interest in mathematics and science.

      Denise Kuchta  the Coordinator for Gifted, as well as the Mathematics Instructional Coach at Queen Bee School District 16, where she re-established the gifted program in 2015-2016. Throughout her career, she has worked closely with students in grades 3-8, specializing in mathematics, gifted education and acceleration for math and English/Language Arts, and special education and interventions.

      Professional Development Hour: Participants who attend sessions and complete the required sign in, sign out, and evaluation sheets are eligible to receive 1 PD Credit.

      Bundle Rate Available: Participants may register for one or more sessions in this 6-session series. While spaces last in all sessions, a special "bundle rate" is available for those who register for all 6 sessions. For information about the "bundle" rate, email director@iagcgifted.org. In the event of insufficient registrations, class may be cancelled with a refund to registrants for the cost of the session.

      • 08/12/2020
      • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CDT)
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      • 0
      Registration is closed


      Illinois Association for Gifted Children "PD on the Patio" series 

      Session 6: Brainstorming and Creative Thinking Strategies to Support Advanced Learners


      This session is the sixth of the series of virtual "PD on the Patio" series focusing on important topics related to meeting the needs of advanced learners. 

      Looking for new brainstorming and creative thinking strategies to challenge, inspire, and engage advanced learners in your classroom? This session, facilitated by IAGC  Board Member and District 102 Talent Development Coordinator, Dr. Randy Lange, provides a wealth of ideas to get your school year off to a productive and generative start for advanced learners in your classroom!

      Professional Development Hour: Participants who attend sessions and complete the required sign in, sign out, and evaluation sheets are eligible to receive 1 PD Hour Credit.

      Bundle Rate Available: Participants may register for one or more sessions in this 6-session series. While spaces last in all sessions, a special "bundle rate" is available for those who register for all 6 sessions. For information about the "bundle" rate, email director@iagcgifted.org. In the event of insufficient registrations, class may be cancelled with a refund to registrants for the cost of the session.

      • 08/13/2020
      • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
      • Virtual - Zoom
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      Teacher to Teacher: Harnessing the Power of Online Learning to Challenge and Enrich Advanced Learners


      Thursday, August 13, 2020

      Registration Closes Monday, August 10, 2020

      Choose Two of the Following Sessions*

      Session 1, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

      Connection and Communication in a Virtual ELA/Writing Classroom , MiaLynn Bennett (K-5)

      Virtual learning presents an opportunity for gifted and talented students to shine. By embedding specific tools and opportunities for our advanced learners, we can provide a learning environment that fosters academic growth and positive social interaction through distance learning. Participants will dig into ELA practices that will boost student engagement, assess their understanding and foster positive communication. While online learning is not new to gifted learners, we will explore the importance of building and offering enrichment activities before diving into the accelerated lessons and activities. We will discuss the essential need for virtual student-to-student discussion boards, examine organizational tools, implementation of choice boards and the availability of tech tools to utilize in the ELA classroom. Teachers will leave this session with a detailed plan that includes planning for learning outcomes, key assessment moments, and aligned instructional strategies to reach our advanced ELA students.

      Session 2, 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 

      Virtual Engagement: Putting the Pieces Together, Amy Schneider (K-5)

      Fostering engagement is a must during online learning! In this session, participants will be given the pieces necessary for remote student engagement, including teacher clarity, engagement structures, and feedback. Take in the importance of creating rubrics and checklists with students to ensure clarity while providing multiple options for students to showcase their learning. Learn how to cultivate a sense of belonging, connection, and participation among students through the use of engagement structures. Enhance student discussion and interaction by stimulating peer feedback and questioning. This is one virtual engagement puzzle participants will want to complete!

      Session 3, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

      An Online Learning Space to Engage Gifted Learners, Cindy Sheets (K-8)

      Moving from the classroom to an online learning space can be challenging. We want to make it inviting as well as useful. When using an online learning platform, you can find a wealth of resources at your fingertips. While worksheets are at times helpful, you also have videos, audio, illustrated text, and the aid of famous organizations and people. There are even ways to include hands-on assignments. You can use these resources to present and then refine concepts in engaging ways. In addition, you can encourage students to use audio or video to respond to your lessons by sharing short movies or visual presentations, or by sharing something they have created. Gifted students respond well when choices in learning and responding are provided. In this session we will look at possible resources and techniques to create a dynamic online learning environment for gifted students. The focus will be primarily on science and social studies.


      Session 4, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 a.m.

      Online Math Engagement Strategies, Megan Sorti (Middle School)

      How can we engage high performing students in math online? In this workshop, we'll consider strategies that allow students to develop problem-solving skills and improve their work with mathematical communication, while solving rich, challenging problems. Free tools will include Desmos activities and google docs for collaboration as well as common tools that may be available in your LMS. Participants will leave with resources that are ready to use in the online classroom.*Additional sessions may be added for $20.00 each when you register online.

      Information Regarding Sessions:

      Each session will be presented by experienced teachers who deliver online instruction to challenge advanced learners with the Northwestern Center for Talent Development programs.  Additional information about the instructors can be found on the IAGC webpage. A link to sessions will be emailed to registrants during the first week of August.

      Registration fee includes 2 sessions of your choice from the four sessions offered. See descriptions for each session below!

      Member Rate (pre-register for 2 one-hour sessions of your choice): $25.00

      Regular, Non-Member Rate (pre-register for 2 one-hour sessions of your choice): $50.00

      Professional Development Credit: Participants are eligible for one PD hour per session if sign in/sign out and evaluation form requirements are met.

      *Additional sessions may be added for $15.00 each when you register online.

      Note: IAGC virtual events may be cancelled and refunded in the event of insufficient registrations.

     

    Contact Us:

    Illinois Association for Gifted Children

    1500 Sullivan Road
    Aurora, IL 60506

    Ph: 630-907-5047
    Fax: 630-907-5976


    email us:  

    Director@IAGCgifted.org

    The Illinois Association for Gifted Children is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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