Heads-up! Registration time is running out. The Illinois Association for Gifted Children (IAGC) is holding their annual conference in Chicago, February 7-9.
Sunday, the 7th, they have a special parent session featuring Judy Galbraith of Free Spirit Publications. She'll be talking about "Growing up Gifted." One of her sessions features real! live! gifted teens--students from IMSA, the best thing our state does for gifted students.
IMSA, the Illinois Math and Science Academy, is a highly selective, residential high school for gifted students. I'm sure the students will provide a certain depth to the program, but knowing that IMSA serves such a tiny portion of our state's gifted students, they are students who, I hope, are getting what they need out of public school. I wonder if their perspective will be skewed.
One momfriend on Twitter questioned what she might learn from this conference that she doesn't already know. I think the value provided by most conferences is the real-life connections that are fostered.
So let me know if you are going to the conference and for what portion--I'd love to connect. That said, weather permitting, I'm returning home from the Blissdom blogger conference on the 6th, and am ambivalent about spending yet another afternoon away from home for IAGC. I'm thinking of attending the evening parent talk. Let me know your plans.