IAGC uses a series of committees to progress our priorities. Members are encouraged to become active in our organization by joining one or more of the following five committees.
POLICY & ADVOCACY
The goal of the Policy & Advocacy committee is to advocate for gifted learners and their educational opportunities at the local, state, and national levels.
Recent state legislative efforts include supporting the needs of underserved gifted children, requiring acceleration policies in all districts, instituting accountability for the growth of gifted children, and increasing the data collected and reported to the public. Work has been done to maximize resources for gifted and talented children, and we need to continue advocating for funding and policies to support advanced learners.
The Policy & Advocacy Committee meets four times per year on Saturday mornings of our quarterly Board Meetings. (Committee Members can attend meetings in person or virtually from their homes.) Monthly committee meetings focused on projects may be scheduled by group members at times that are convenient for all.
Contact: Denise Kuchta, (Chair)
The goal of the Education committee is to share resources with parents and educators to support best practices in the education of gifted and talented children from diverse cultures and backgrounds throughout Illinois. This year, we are working to expand our virtual offerings and outreach to support educators and parents of children with gifts and talents.
The Education Committee meets four times per year on Saturday mornings of our quarterly Board Meetings. (Committee Members can attend meetings in person or virtually from their homes.) Monthly committee meetings focused on projects may be scheduled by group members at times that are convenient for all.
Contact: Susan Corwith (Chair)
The goal of the Conference Committee is to provide an annual conference that supports corporation goals. This committee selects presenters and featured speakers, reviews proposals, promotes the Annual Conference, and plans events. We will begin planning our October 2021 Conference in March, 2021.
The Conference Committee meets virtually and in person at flexible times according to members' availability and projects.
Awards and ScholarshipsContact: Rhoda Rosen, Beth Dirkes (Co-chairs)
With input from the IAGC Board, the committee manages all of the applications, promotional activities, selection decisions, and presentations for the IAGC awards and scholarships.These awards are presented at our annual conference. To see the details of the awards, or to apply, go to the Awards and Scholarships page.
The Scholarship Committee meets on a flexible schedule in person or virtually as needed throughout the year.
Board Member Only Committees:
Patricia Steinmeyer, Jeanine Buishas, Jill Ko, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Susan Corwith, Denise Kuchta
The goal of the Executive Committee is to coordinate the initiatives and operations of the corporation and present a slate of candidates for elections.