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  • April 13, 2017 7:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Friday, April 21st – Saturday, April 22nd

    Various Locations: 
    Harold Washington Library
    Columbia College Chicago
    See for details

    The ChiTeen Lit Fest aims to provide a safe and creative space for young adults to unlock and discover their unique voice through literary arts. The Fest seeks to bring together young people from across Chicago and celebrate their talents as they express themselves through exceptional and honest art. Nate Marshall, the award-winning poet and author of Wild Hundreds (2015), will headline the festival with Tara Mahadevan, Eric May, Megan Stielstra, and The Sun Bros.

    This is a teens only event, for ages 13–19 years old.

    Click here for complete details.

  • April 11, 2017 2:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Lyric’s Youth Opera Council is seeking new members for the 2017/18 opera season!

    Apply to the Youth Opera Council (YOC) and join other high school students who are passionate about opera and the performing arts.


    YOC members have amazing experiences:

    • Meet Lyric Opera artists — from singers to orchestra members
    • Explore behind the scenes with Lyric staff members
    • Plan and attend events/programs for fellow high school students
    • Experience fabulous Lyric productions!

    Does the Youth Opera Council sound perfect for you?



    Apply for the 2017/18 Council by Monday, May 1.


    All applicants must be in high school during the 2017/18 school year and be able to commit to evening meetings at Lyric Opera of Chicago twice a month.

  • April 10, 2017 9:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I had the opportunity to attend a prescreening for the movie Gifted.  I had been seeing the trailer for this movie for some time and was worried about how gifted children and their families would be portrayed.  The trailer makes it clear that the child’s uncle is very concerned that she have a “normal childhood.”  As I have said before, those of us who live with gifted kids are repeatedly astonished with their abilities, those without constant exposure find them unbelievable and are often certain that their parents play a huge role in their abilities.

    Well I am happy to say that I found the movie enjoyable and not offensive. I think the challenges faced by the characters are representative of those faced by many gifted families. My one concern is that the little girl is more than just gifted, doing calculus as a seven-year-old; she is a math prodigy. So the academic issues are much more extreme than those faced by the vast majority of us.  I wish they had called the movie Prodigy instead. The little girl also does not face many of the other intensities we often see in gifted children. At any rate if you have an Aunt Thelma who always makes snipey remarks about how you raise your gifted child, she will get little ammunition from this movie.  

  • March 21, 2017 8:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Center for Gifted / Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity offers a large variety of summer programs at locations throughout the Chicagoland area. Register NOW and save 10% (discounts ends in early April).

    Click on the links below for specifics on each of the programs/locations.

    Summer Programs


    Register here for Summer

    For 10% Early Discount enter code: SMR17TEN

    Project '17 - Elmhurst College

    Tinker-a-Thon - Elmhurst College

    Summer Wonders - Buffalo Grove

    Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder - 8 locations

    - Barrington          - Glenview

    - Chicago             - Naperville

    - Crete                  - Skokie

    - Elmhurst            - Wheaton

  • March 20, 2017 2:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Vanguard Gifted Academy has found the site for our school in Batavia.  We are confident that the location, which is on the east side of the river near Fermilab, will offer easy access to families coming from a variety of neighboring towns. We are also excited about the many science opportunities Fermilab offers educators which Vanguard will be able to take advantage of at this location. The building floor plan is well suited to the Vanguard learning modules, there is plenty of parking, and the property includes a couple of acres of open space for outdoor academics and recreational opportunities.

    We are offering a special Founding Family discount for joining Vanguard Gifted Academy in its first year.  Founding Families will get $3,500.00 off the Vanguard tuition, lowering the cost to $15,000.00.  We hope that the lower tuition will encourage those of you who are interested in the Vanguard model to give it a try.  We know you will love it once your child becomes engaged in the Vanguard learning environment. 

    For more information go to where you will find information about Vanguard Gifted Academy and admissions. 

    Elizabeth Blaetz

    Head of School

    Vanguard Gifted Academy

  • March 14, 2017 10:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today is Pi Day - 3/14!  

    Learn more about it here:

    My family celebrates with pie for supper and pie for dessert!   How about yours?  

  • March 05, 2017 12:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Educating Today's Gifted Children 

    for Tomorrow's World 

    Please join us for an informational meeting about the new Vanguard Gifted Academy, slated to open this fall in the West Chicago/St. Charles area. 

    Time & Place: Thursday, March 16, @ 6:30 p.m. @ Da Vinci Academy, 37W080 Hopps Rd., Elgin (just off Randall Rd.) 

    With Da Vinci Academy closing its doors in June, veteran gifted teachers Beth Blaetz, Shannon Holub and Stacey Spears are offering a new and innovative option for families who have gifted children whose needs are not being served in their home schools. 

    All interested parents are welcome! Please RSVP to so we can prepare an information packet for you. 

    Vanguard is a perfect fit for gifted students who are: 

    • Intellectually curious 

    • Inspired by learning 

    • Eager to contribute to the community 

    • Open to new lines of thinking 

    • Interested in problem solving and applying concepts 

    The world is changing at an exponential rate! This forward-thinking model empowers gifted children in a way that traditional schools simply can’t. 

    Vanguard’s model, informed by the latest global educational and business observations, consists of three extended modules, as opposed to 8 standard class periods. This allows students to truly engage with their learning and make deep connections. 

    Will you join Vanguard in offering your gifted child a cutting edge education? 

    To learn more, visit our website at

  • February 25, 2017 12:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Senate Bill 1223 and House Bill 2461

    The Illinois Association for Gifted Children has been working with The Untapped Potential Project to advocate for legislation that will meet the needs of gifted children throughout Illinois. In a recent collaboration effort, the Illinois School Code was changed to ensure alignment with best practices for identifying gifted students. The UP Act was passed unanimously by the House and Senate last spring and signed into law by Governor Rauner over the summer.

    Our joint advocacy is now focused on acceleration as a strategy to accommodate gifted learners. The following facts were compiled from responses to FOIA requests to Illinois’ 862 school districts asking if they had policies regarding early entrance to K and 1st grade, subject-based acceleration, grade-skipping, and early graduation:

    • 77 percent of districts do not have a gifted program
    • A majority of Illinois students live in a district where acceleration isn’t an option
      • 72 percent live in a district without an early entrance to Kindergarten policy
      • 68 percent live in a district without an early entrance to first grade policy
      • 22 percent live in a district without a subject-based acceleration policy
      • 89 percent live in a district without a grade-based acceleration policy
      • 56 percent live in a district without an early graduation policy

    This is amazing given the breadth and depth of research on acceleration’s impact on academic performance, lifelong productivity, and social and emotional outcomes. Senate Bill 1223 proposes to address acceleration by establishing a statewide acceleration policy and standardizing an evaluation process to reflect best practices. This bill will be heard in the Senate Education Committee March 7.

    What you can do:

    Please call, write, or email Senators on the Education Committee (see below) asking them to support SB1223 over the next two or three weeks.

    • Include Senator Name, District, District Phone Number, and Email in IAGC email*
    • If you are a public school employee, call, write, or email a Senator if you work at a school in their district or if they are your Senator
    • If you live in Senator Lightford or Senator Weaver’s districts, please thank them for championing the legislation
    • If you are interested in doing more advocacy - such a testifying in a front of the Committee - let IAGC* know
    • Let IAGC* know if you contacted a Senator and via what means

    *Contact IAGC at

    Coming Soon:  IAGC is sponsoring another bill, the Illinois Report Card Bill, HB2461, that would require the ISBE to collect and report for each school/district the percentage and demographics of students receiving gifted and accelerated services, the percentage of teachers with gifted education endorsements, disaggregated achievement and growth data for advanced students, etc. We’ll soon be asking for your support on this important bill!

    Thank you for your support!

    IAGC Executive Committee

    Senators on the Education Committee:

    Only those living or working in the districts should contact Education Committee Members. For those not living in Senate Education Committee Member districts, we will be needing your help shortly!

    Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (49): 815-254-4211

    Kimberly Lightford (4): 708-343-7444

    Omar Aquino (2): 773-292-0202

    Daniel Biss (9): 847-568-1250

    Melinda Bush (31): 847-548-5631

    David Koehler (46): 309-677-0120

    Andy Manar (48): 618-585-4848

    Iris Martinez (20): 773-278-2020

    Chuck Weaver (37): 309-693-4921

    Jason Barickman (53): 309-661-2788

    Dan McConchie (26): 224-662-4544

    Karen McConnaughay (33): 847-214-8245

    Sue Rezin (38): 815-220-8720

    Sen. Lightford is the chief sponsor of the bill and 

    Sen. Weaver is the chief co-sponsor.

  • February 22, 2017 9:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Vanguard Gifted Academy is an independent school for gifted education that will be opening fall of 2017 for grades K-8. Follow details on their web and Facebook pages:

  • February 12, 2017 7:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CineYouth Film Challenge invites students 10-18 years old to join our one-day film camp! Participants will have one day to make a short film with their assigned team. The finished films will go on to be screened at the CineYouth Festival, May 4-6 at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre. The Film Challenge is Saturday, April 22 at Columbia College Chicago.

    Applications are open. Click here for complete details.

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