Improve Your Teaching Skills This Summer

Belin-Blank Chautauqua

This summer, the Belin-Blank Center is hosting its face-to-face professional development program over two weeks:  Chautauqua I (July 14-18) and Chautauqua II (July 21 – 26, including class on Saturday).  The Chautauqua movement in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century was all about adult education, as well as community.  Each of the two weeks will offer three separate workshops; limited housing will be available at Burge Residence Hall for those enrolling in all three workshops during either Chautauqua.  For those who enroll at the graduate level for all three workshops in either week—or both—the Belin-Blank Center will provide an automatic tuition scholarship for one of the three classes (three workshops for the cost of two).  In addition to the workshops each week, optional evening activities are available to Chautauqua participants:  movie night, creativity night, and downtown music in Iowa City.  More details will be available online in March.

As always, in addition to the face-to-face opportunities, the Center will provide seven online workshops throughout the summer.  If it’s been a year since you enrolled, be sure to complete the admission process as a Continuing Education student—not degree-seeking, and not completing a certificate (since that means something quite different than your endorsement).

We look forward to your being a part of the community, either in person on campus in July or through our online workshops.  Please share this information with colleagues who would benefit from professional development in gifted education.  All workshops apply to the State of Iowa Talented and Gifted Endorsement.  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Laurie Croft, Administrator, Professional Development, at laurie-croft@uiowa.edu.

Advanced Placement Teacher Training Institute

The Belin-Blank Center will be hosting the Advanced Placement Teacher Training Institute on the University of Iowa campus July 7 – 10, 2014.  The AP Teacher Training Institute is the only College Board certified training for AP courses in the state of Iowa.  This year the AP Teacher Training Institute will be offering training in AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP English Lanuage & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP U.S. Government & Politics, AP Physics 1, and AP U.S. History.  The training is available for both graduate and undergraduate credit through the University of Iowa.  Additionally, grants and scholarships are available through the Belin-Blank Center (Iowa teachers only) and through the AP Fellows and AP Rural Fellows program (College Board sponsored fellowships).  Learn more and register.

Belin-Blank Fellowship

Since 1980, the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa has provided an intensive residential experience for general education teachers and other educators who have little or no previous background in gifted education.  All information about the Fellowship program is available online.  All applications will be accepted online. Each participant must have a school administrator submit a letter of support online.

The deadline to apply for the Fellowship program is March 3.  Twelve (12) applicants will be notified by e-mail of their acceptance to the program.

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