Teachers: Your Students Aren’t the Only Ones Who Can Learn Something New This Semester!

Aug15_educatorsThis past academic year, from fall through summer, educators earned over 850 semester hours of academic credit, enabling them to better support the needs of gifted and talented learners in Iowa and several other states. The Center awarded over $50,000 is scholarships to participants who enrolled in professional learning opportunities; as well, for the first time, in collaboration with the College of Education Teacher Leader Center, the Center was able to offer Iowa Licensure Renewal Credits for the Advanced Placement Teacher Training Institute, and 25 educators were able to earn 2 credits at significantly lower costs than graduate tuition!

The new fall semester again brings course offerings to professionals! Check out the fall schedule. Credit options are available for those attending the Iowa Talented and Gifted (ITAG) Association conference, including a special two-semester-hour class (TAG: You’re It!) for those new to gifted education this year. As well, credits are available for those attending the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Conference in Phoenix. All of these credits provide scholarships.

While the semester-based classes are underway, it might be possible to add one of those; if interested, contact Dr. Laurie Croft (laurie-croft@uiowa.edu) as soon as possible. Upcoming available online credits include:

  • Gifted and General Education Collaboration (1 semester hour), focusing on how educators can work together to provide appropriate experiences to high-ability learners; it will begin on September 28. Educating
  • Gifted Students in Middle School (2 semester hours) will begin on October 26.

The Belin-Blank Center looks forward to supporting your professional learning needs!

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