Summer at the Center (for Teachers!)

Professional development at the Belin-Blank Center takes place in all kinds of ways. Online workshops have already started; Gender Issues and Giftedness always fills up early and began on June 2 with 20 students (both educators and UI students who found the topic of interest, regardless of major). June features additional online workshops, as well as the Belin-Blank Fellowship.

The Fellowship features an intensive residential week in Iowa City for 12 educators, from June 23 – 27. Participants pay only for travel to and from Iowa City; they receive a Fellowship for room, board, and presentations from and interactions with experts in the field of gifted education. Participants in this year’s Fellowship—the 34th Fellowship sponsored by the Belin-Blank Center—come from Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Italy.

PD June newsletter

July includes two online workshops, the Advanced Placement Teacher Training Institute (APTTI), the first STEM workshop (7E:196*:WKA Special Topics: Supporting Secondary Students with STEM Research, on-campus and online) on the Friday following APTTI, and the two Chautauquas, featuring three workshops during each week. Both the Chautauqua workshops and the limited housing next door in Burge Residence Hall are filling rapidly. Contact Melissa Keeling at or 800-336-6463 for more information (housing deadline is June 16). Two additional online workshops begin in July and end early in August.

Automatic scholarships are available for workshops this summer. Participants in the Chautauquas and in the optional academic credit for APTTI are eligible for tuition scholarships (details online or available from Laurie Croft).

Registration as a University of Iowa Continuing Education Student is necessary to enroll in any of the academic credit opportunities.

Contact Laurie Croft ( or 800-336-6463) for details about professional development in gifted education. Contact Kate Degner ( for more information about APTTI.

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