A wide variety of opportunities are available for Spring 2014 to support educators (and even parents!) in their professional development in gifted education. The Center’s website lists the variety of online courses, with choices in all the strands required for the State of Iowa Endorsement in Gifted Education. The Center will also provide two Webinars in the spring; Drs. Megan Foley Nicpon and Susannah Wood will talk about social-emotional needs of the gifted on January 30, 4:30 – 6:00 PM, and Dr. Volker Thomas will explore family issues and giftedness, April 1, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, a time designed to appeal to parents as well as educators.
The Center is making plans for summer workshops in a NEW format for 2014. Similar to past summers, the Center is partnering with the College of Education to provide online workshops beginning early in June. The 34th Belin-Blank Fellowship again will target those new to the field of gifted education on the University of Iowa campus during the last week in June (applications are welcome in January). In July, however, we’re hosting two new Belin-Blank Chautauquas. The Chautauqua movement of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries epitomized adult education, complete with cultural enrichment and entertainment. The Center is hosting Chautauqua I from July 14 – 18, and Chautauqua II from July 21 – 26, also featuring professional development (three workshops each week), as well as cultural enrichment and entertainment.
Look for details early in 2014. The Chautauquas will include optional evening events, partial tuition scholarships, and economical first-come, first-served residence hall housing for those staying for either or both weeks.