It’s time to start thinking about back to school – for you! The Belin-Blank Center offers a variety of courses for teachers, principals, administrators, and others interested in learning more about gifted students.
I am looking forward to teaching the course, Academic Acceleration (course number PSQF:4123:0EXZ) this fall! It is offered online and is self-paced, so you can work it into your busy schedule. I encourage you to learn a little bit more about the course and to consider taking it this fall.
About the course. Academic acceleration moves gifted students through an educational program at a faster rate or at a younger age than typical. The goal of acceleration is to match the level, complexity, and pace of the curriculum with student’s level of cognitive and academic development so that the student receives an appropriate education. Appropriate acceleration helps to tailor the educational program to the student.
Academic acceleration has been one of the most debated and misunderstood issues in gifted education. With the publication of recent reports such as A Nation Deceived (2004) and A Nation Empowered: Evidence Trumps the Excuses Holding Back America’s Brightest Students (2015) there is increased attention to acceleration, but there is still a resistance to accelerating high ability students.
The underlying philosophy of this course is that all children have the right to learn something new every day. This course will review the scientific basis for when and for whom academic acceleration is appropriate. Different types of academic acceleration and different patterns of intellectual precocity will be reviewed, so consumers of educational and psychological research can make informed decisions about best practices for intellectually talented youth.
The goal of this course is to provide parents, teachers, and administrators with the knowledge of the forms of acceleration, the ability to evaluate students for acceleration, and the skills to practice and implement acceleration effectively. Course topics will include the 20 different forms of acceleration, the process of implementing acceleration, suggestions for writing and evaluating school acceleration policies, and advice for effecting attitude change through persuasive communication and media outreach.
Course format. The course will be taught entirely online. Textbooks and other readings for the course will be provided in an electronic format. There is no additional charge for these materials, although students may choose to purchase a bound copy of the textbook. Videos and PowerPoint presentations will also be used to deliver course content. Students may choose to complete the course in one or two semesters.
About the professor. Dr. Ann Lupkowski Shoplik is one of the co-authors of the Iowa Acceleration Scale and a co-editor of A Nation Empowered. She is the Administrator of the Acceleration Institute at the University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education.
Other online courses offered through the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education include:
- EDTL:4137 Introduction to Educating Gifted Students
- PSQF/RCE:4120 Psychology of Giftedness
- EDTL:4096:0EXW Topics in Teaching and Learning: Educating Gifted Students in Middle School
- EDTL:4096:0WKA Topics in Teaching and Learning: Gifted and General Education Collaboration
Additional courses are offered. See http://www2.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank/educators/Courses/Schedule.aspx for more details and to begin the registration process.
Also, see information about registration as a University of Iowa Continuing Education student, for those who haven’t been enrolled recently: http://www2.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank/educators/Courses/Register.aspx
I hope to see you in class!