The Belin-Blank Advanced Leadership Institute (B-BALI) is back. On July 25 – 26, 2016, at the Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, the Belin-Blank Center will focus on A Nation Empowered: Research-Based Evidence about Acceleration and Gifted/Talented Students. On Sunday afternoon, July 24, before the Seventh Biennial B-BALI begins, an optional pre-institute will focus on using the Iowa Acceleration Scale.
A Nation Empowered: Evidence Trumps the Excuses Holding Back America’s Brightest Students, released a few months ago, updates the 2004 watershed publication, A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students. A Nation Empowered includes updated information about the best-researched yet most under-utilized educational option for gifted students: academic acceleration. In spite of the strong research base supporting the implementation of the many forms of acceleration, many schools do not routinely utilize any of the options, and educators often express concerns about accelerating students, assuming that doing nothing is better than taking a “risk” with acceleration.
All participants will receive a copy of A Nation Empowered and will have the opportunity to learn more about implementing and advocating for acceleration.