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What Illinois' New Accelerated Placement Act Means for High-Ability Students & Their Families
Speaker Carolyn E. Welch
Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, PalatineMeeting Room 1
Under the new Accelerated Placement Act, all Illinois public school districts must now have equitable policies in place that allow for early entrance to kindergarten and first grade, subject-based acceleration, and full-grade acceleration for eligible students. What does this new law mean for families with high-ability students in Illinois? Hear the latest updates regarding implementation of the legislation and learn how parents can use this law to improve the education of their children.
Carolyn E. Welch is an education lawyer who represents students with various needs and abilities, their families, and the schools they attend, including special needs students and schools in underserved communities. As an advocate for gifted children from all backgrounds, she serves as Co-Chair of Policy and Advocacy for the Illinois Association for Gifted Children, Chairman of the Midwest Center for the Gifted, and as a member of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee for the National Association for Gifted Children. She is also a member of the Board of Directors and an Officer of pilotED Schools, an Indianapolis elementary school focused on social identity, academic excellence, and civic engagement. She is the parent of two gifted children who have required a combination of public school gifted programming, a private gifted school, whole-grade acceleration, and individual subject acceleration to help meet their educational needs. Her children's experiences help fuel her passion for improving the education policy framework on behalf of all high-ability students, and successful IAGC advocacy efforts include the recent passage of the IL Accelerated Placement Act and the Report Card Act in 2017. Carolyn received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Please register here to let us know that you are interested in helping support the IAGC mission of empowering educators, families and communities by advancing effective practices, programs and policies to promote the development of gifted and talented children throughout Illinois.
IAGC-Gifted Education Seminar (GES)
This training was developed specifically for classroom teachers who do not have background in how to serve gifted students. This interactive, comprehensive, multi-module course, developed in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education, helps teachers, administrators, gifted coordinators, and all who serve gifted children to deepen their understanding of how to teach and reach gifted and talented students. Topics included are theories and perspectives on giftedness, knowing the “whole child,” curriculum models, differentiation, and social-emotional needs. Start date is January 11, 2019 and completes on April 19, 2019.
Course consists of 45 hours of independent study (or 3 hours college credit from Lindenwood University) that must be completed by April 19, 2019.
Trainers have experience as teachers and/or administrators in gifted programs in Illinois. Presenters are all GES-certified trainers and have taught the GES prior to this class.
*Commitment for college credit must be received by January 4, 2019, to process enrollment forms. A separate college credit enrollment form will be mailed to registrant after receiving GES payment. Then, complete form and return with $300 check (payable to “IAGC”) to the IAGC office prior to start of the class. This form will be mailed after receiving payment for GES. No exceptions for college credit after class begins.
Credit: Either 45 PDHs or 3 hours of Graduate Credit
IAGC Quarterly Network Committee Meeting
Our Network Committee Vision is that there is an active grassroots movement focused on supporting the needs of gifted children that consists of parents, educators, educational organizations, university professionals, health care providers, business leaders, and community leaders with representation from each region within Illinois.
All IAGC members and others interested in furthering the needs of gifted education in Illinois are encouraged to attend.
Please register so we can anticipate your attendance.
IAGC Quarterly Policy & Advocacy Committee Meeting
The overarching goal of the Policy & Advocacy Committee is to educate decision makers and stakeholders about the importance of implementing policies and best practices that provide appropriate educational opportunities for all gifted children in Illinois and to advocate for a better gifted education policy framework in Illinois.
IAGC Quarterly Education Committee Meeting
Our Education Committee vision is to help educators and parents understand how to identify and support the academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted and talented children through professional development.
IAGC Board of Directors Meeting
The IAGC board meets quarterly to discuss organizational business. All IAGC members are always welcome. Please register so we can anticipate your attendance.
Implementing Acceleration Placement Program
Toolkit Administrators Academy #1926
The focus of this academy is for principals and assistant principals to understand the requirements of the Accelerated Placement Act (Public Act 100-0421, which took effect July 1, 2018) and the Accelerated Placement Policy of their district. Participants will work from a model policy in the event their district is in need of developing and/or amending their current Accelerated Placement policy. Participants will understand the definitions of multiple types of acceleration, develop and determine the method of annual notification of the acceleration program, develop a referral process for their building, learn how to implement an evaluation process that is fair, equitable and involves multiple individuals with multiple valid and reliable assessment indicators, develop a process and timeline to communicate the decision along with a transition support plan for the student. Participants will leave the academy with access to supporting acceleration research in addition to documents that will support them to implement various types of acceleration within their own building.
IMPORTANT: Participants should bring a copy of the current district policy for Acceleration Placement, Early Entrance to Kindergarten, Early Entrance to First Grade if they exist.
About the Presenters
Susan Rhodes and Marchelle Kassebaum both serve on the ISBE Gifted Advisory Council and assisted in the development and training of the Gifted Education Seminar. Susan served as the Springfield District gifted coordinator, was instrumental in opening a public gifted magnet school in 2000, served as building principal for nine years and gained International Baccalaureatte authorization. Marchelle is a former Regional Superintendent of Schools, earned her Gifted Education Endorsement, served as a gifted coordinator and taught 4thgrade for 20 years. She is the co-founder of the Litchfield Summer Gifted Academy, which is now in its 17thyear.
Since this is a separate registration from the conference, if you are interested in attending the Conference on Friday, please register for the Friday Only option here
Annual Membership Meeting
All members of the IAGC as well as all attendees of the 2019 Annual Conference are invited to attend the Annual Membership Meeting. This meeting will highlight key accomplishments of the last year and feature ways you can join us in making 2019 an even more productive year for gifted children in our state.
Immediately following the meeting, join us for a happy hour (and a half) in the Ballroom, where we will enjoy munchies, a cash bar and if you are interested ESCAPE! , our tabletop escape room-like experience!
Legislation, Acceleration, and Accountability: What Administrators Need to Know
This Administrators Academy is targeted to district superintendents and district level administrators. This course will increase awareness and knowledge about acceleration, an evidence-based intervention for meeting the needs of high-ability learners. The course reviews policy and legislation pertaining to acceleration. Participants will align their district acceleration policies with the Illinois Accelerated Placement Act that requires districts to have a policy that allows for early entrance to kindergarten and first grade, whole-grade acceleration, and subject acceleration. Participants will also gain resources and knowledge to implement, review, and improve policies to meet the needs of high-ability learners.
Participants will be able to
(1) understand the legal, equity, and policy implications with respect to meeting the needs of high-ability learners;
(2) understand the Accelerated Placement Act and its purpose;
(3) understand the components of model acceleration policies and identify supporting resources;
(4) evaluate district/school acceleration policy in accordance with the Accelerated Placement Act and equitable, evidence-based practices; and
(5) synthesize information and develop or improve the district plan to align district policy with the Accelerated Placement Act and effectively meet the needs of high-ability learners, including those from special needs and underserved populations.
Reporting requirements for IL School Report Card data and ESSA related to high ability learners will also be addressed.
*Newly developed Academy; pending approval.
24rd Annual IAGC Conference
This training was developed specifically for classroom teachers who do not have background in how to serve gifted students. This interactive, comprehensive, multi-module course, developed in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education, helps teachers, administrators, gifted coordinators, and all who serve gifted children to deepen their understanding of how to teach and reach gifted and talented students. Topics included are theories and perspectives on giftedness, knowing the “whole child,” curriculum models, differentiation, and social-emotional needs. Start date is June 17, 2019 and completes on August 16, 2019.
Course consists of 45 hours of independent study (or 3 hours college credit from Lindenwood University) that must be completed by August 16, 2019.
*Commitment for college credit must be received by June 1, 2019, to process enrollment forms. A separate college credit enrollment form will be mailed to registrant after receiving GES payment. Then, complete form and return with $300 check (payable to “IAGC”) to the IAGC office prior to start of the class. This form will be mailed after receiving payment for GES. No exceptions for college credit after class begins.
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