Welcome to Batavia CANDO, a parent-founded group for gifted and high-ability students and their families in BPS101. CANDO provides support, educational opportunities and district-level advocacy benefitting Batavia's educators and families . We endorse a district-wide learning plan for all students to reach their full learning potential. We want BPS101’s reputation to grow as a model of excellence in public education.
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Preparing to Attend a Highly-selective College Seminar
January 6th Seminar Cancelled
Unfortunately, a facilities issue at BHS began a domino effect on our plans to host the "Preparing to Attend Highly-selective Colleges" Seminar. Schedules for our presenter, our BHS alumni panel students on their Winter Break, the opening of the BHS registration portal, and seminar space availability have to coincide to offer this seminar in a
"live" format for students and families.
If CANDO is able to offer a modified version of this seminar in the near future (with BHS alumni at highly-selective colleges joining us for Q & A in an e-meeting format), we'll send out a new seminar date/time. Thanks everyone for your expressed interest. It is with regret that we must cancel the seminar at this time. Enjoy the Winter Break.
Deb Grizzell, CANDO Programs Chair
The Accelerated Placement Act (SB 1223) is now law!
cacy in Action
On the heels of our announcement yesterday that the Report Card Act (HB 2461) was approved, we are thrilled to share more exciting news:
The Accelerated Placement Act (SB 1223) has also been signed into law by Governor Rauner!
The Accelerated Placement Act is an important piece of legislation and a major victory for students throughout Illinois. The law demonstrates our state’s commitment to helping all students reach their full potential by providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities. Beginning in July of 2018, all school districts should have fair and equitable policies allowing eligible students to access accelerated placement, which includes early entrance to kindergarten or first grade, individual subject acceleration, and whole grade acceleration.
IAGC is in the process of developing sample policies and procedures, acceleration resources, workshops and other professional development opportunities for educators as districts work to adopt and implement their accelerated placement plans. IAGC will also provide information and support for families wishing to learn more about acceleration. Be sure to visit our website and follow IAGC on Facebook as updated resources are released.
IAGC is grateful for our partnership with the Untapped Potential Project in organizing the research, policy, and advocacy resources needed to pass this legislation. We couldn’t have accomplished this without you!
Thank you to all the legislators who championed this bill: Chief Sponsors – Sen. Lightford and Rep. Lilly; Chief Co-Sponsors – Sen. Weaver, Sen. Koehler, Sen. McConchie, Rep. Pritchard, Rep. Fortner, and Rep. Wallace; and Sponsors – Sen. Rezin, Sen. Bush, Sen. McConnaughay, Sen. Martinez, Sen. Harmon, Sen. Hunter, Rep. Sauer, Rep. Harper, Rep. Willis, Rep. Kifowit, and Rep. Riley. With this law, you have created powerful opportunities for high-ability students, including those from low-income, diverse, and rural backgrounds, to access learning environments that match their needs and change their academic trajectories.
We extend another heartfelt thank you to our members and supporters for your help in getting SB 1223 through the Illinois General Assembly and to the Governor’s desk this summer. Your advocacy efforts made this possible!
IAGC thanks all of you for making a difference for Illinois students! Encourage your friends to become members of IAGC and join our efforts!
Your help is needed to keep the momentum going. Contact IAGC Policy and Advocacy Co-Chairs:
Carolyn Welch CarolynEWelch@comcast.net
Eric Calvert Eric.Calvert@northwestern.edu
HB 2461 Passes!
What does that mean?
The School Code which requires school report cards to include the most current data collected and maintained by the State Board of Education will be amended. The State Board must now include, in the school report cards, certain demographic information concerning gifted education and advanced academic programs, as well as information concerning the number of teachers in a school who hold a gifted education endorsement.
Your support helped HB 2461, the Report Card Bill, pass both the Illinois House and Senate. On Friday, August 25, 2017 Governor Rauner signed HB2461 into law. Advocacy works!
How will the new law affect gifted students in Illinois?
IAGC thanks you for making a difference for Illinois students! Membership matters!
Your help is needed to keep the momentum going.
Contact IAGC Policy and Advocacy Co-Chairs:
Carolyn Welch CarolynEWelch@comcast.net
Eric Calvert Eric.Calvert@northwestern.edunois Association for Gifted Children 800 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 610, Palatine IL 600 • Facebook • Twitter kedinkedIn • Tumblr • Pinterest