Pratt named to ITAG Governance Committee

Diane Pratt has been appointed to the Governance Committee of the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association, a non-profit organization for more than 40 years. The responsibilities of the ITAG Governance Committee include: coordination of nominations, recruitment, and evaluation of candidates for open board positions; yearly evaluations of individual board member including the Executive Director, the board as a unit, and the paid ITAG staff; ensuring compliance with and updating of ITAG’s by-laws; orienting new board members; and informing current board members about ITAG’s governance practices, assets, mission, and financial and human resources.

A 12-year ITAG board member, Pratt served as President of the Association from 2009 to 2011. Her experience has included national legislative representation as well as state advocacy. She served as ITAG’s chair of the Educator Outreach Committee and continues to serve as a mentor to teachers new to gifted education in the state, as well as a presenter at the annual ITAG conference.

Locally, Pratt has served the Fort Dodge Community School District for 25 years as a 5-12 gifted education teacher and advisor. Currently, she is the facilitator for the district’s gifted program and is the fifth- through eighth-grade middle school TAG instructor. Her experience with gifted learners includes private preschool gifted education programming which she initiated when living in Michigan.