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"The courses have been helpful not only in understanding the academic and social-emotional needs of gifted students, but all my students. I really like the fact that many of the learning and projects can be tailored to my own classroom experiences and used in the future. I also like the consistent interaction with students from all over the country."

Courses begin on Monday and end on Sunday

Iowa Talented and Gifted Conference (ITAG)

The Iowa Talented and Gifted Association hosts an annual conference that students in the TAG Endorsement can attend for credit.  Students attend the conference and submit assignments online.  The Iowa Talented and Gifted Conference counts for the Psychology or Programming strand. The Annual Conference is held in October.  Access the ITAG Association website for conference dates and details.  

This opportunity will help you challenge the gifted learner through application of theory, research, and practical experiences as a result of attendance, observation, and/or interaction with conference keynote speakers and other break out session presenters. Experts in the field of gifted education, as well as experienced educators from across the state, will present. Topics include successful practices, significant issues and theoretical guidelines related to serving the varied needs of gifted and talented students. Conference strands include creativity, curriculum for gifted and talented learners, gifted essentials, social emotional issues, and special populations.  

Contact 1-800-76-TEACH to register for the conference.  

Credit Information

EDMA 299-702 ITAG Conference Attendance (2 credits)

Receive two credits by attending the full ITAG conference and submit online the following:

  •  Summaries of each session attended both days
  • Two projects in gifted education related to the conference theme and keynote

Undergraduate students can attend as an independent study.  Other state conferences available by request through Dr. Sally Beisser.  

Contact Information

Program and Credit Information

Sally Beisser, PhD
Levitt Distinguished Professor of Education

Program Admission 

soegradadmission@drake.edu or 1-800-44-DRAKE x2552

Graduate Student Registration 

debbie.dodge@drake.edu or 1-800-44-DRAKE x3727


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