Professional Development through the Belin-Blank Center

It’s time to think about learning new things that ensure meeting the needs of gifted children; the summer professional development schedule through the University of Iowa College of Education and Belin-Blank Center offers more than usual this summer.

All available classes fulfill one of the strands required for the State of Iowa Talented and Gifted Endorsement, and all support the development of professional expertise in NAGC standards. The summer schedule offers 6 online workshops and 12 face-to-face workshops; all of the workshops provide one semester hour of credit. As well, the 3-semester-hour Introduction to Educating Gifted Students, a guided independent study, is available for your colleagues who are interested in developing their understanding of gifted learners and the talent development process. The Advanced Placement Teaching Training Institute offers 2-semester-hours revolving around the content area required in AP classes.

While workshops are especially popular with those who are earning their endorsements in gifted education, this summer provides multiple opportunities for those who are already endorsed. Dr. Malik Henfield has taught Ethnic and Cultural Issues for several summers; this summer, he is offering 7C:238 Recruitment and Retention of Underserved Students, an important addition to ensuring diversity within our programs. Other new workshops this summer include
• Bibliotherapy for the Gifted, Ginny Maurer, Ph.D.;
• Multiplayer Game Strategies for Teaching the Gifted, Antonia Szymanski, Ph.D.;
• Curriculum Compacting, Nancy Grimes, M.A.;
• Perfectionism in High-Ability Learners, Kathy Green, M.A.; and
• Organizational Strategies for Gifted Learners, Susannah Wood, Ph.D.

Complete descriptions and dates for workshops are available online. For additional information, contact Dr. Laurie Croft, Administrator, Professional Development, at or 800-336-6463 (319-335-6148).

One response to “Professional Development through the Belin-Blank Center

  1. This could be another fun, full of exercise, and brilliant information, ideas, and wisdom for improving Professional Development plan. I am excited, and has a desire to participate, if it will not destruct my sets of schedules. But however, this could be fun, and full of enjoyment while learning! Good luck for this.

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