Professional Development Is Always Available

The Belin-Blank Center still has opportunities for professional learning experiences this spring. Two new classes are available, including a two-semester-hour extension class about Cluster Grouping for Gifted Students (EDTL:4096:0EXW) and a one-semester-hour workshop about Personal Learning Plans and the Gifted Student (EDTL:4096:0WKA). Both focus on specific strategies for gifted learners that have strong research support, and both apply to the “Programming” strand for the State of Iowa Talented and Gifted Endorsement. More information is available at, following the links to “Coursework” and to “Schedule”. Those who are interested in enrolling in these classes should be registered as University of Iowa Continuing Education students (no cost to register); information about registration is is available on the same page, following the links to “Coursework” and to “Register”.

As well, information about summer coursework will be available by March 21. A wide variety of one-semester-hour workshops will be available online, and six classes will have face-to-face meetings on campus during the Belin-Blank Chautauqua on campus the weeks of July 11 and July 18. Participants will have access to university housing during Chautauqua; those who enroll in all three workshops during a Chautauqua week will receive an automatic tuition scholarship for one of the three graduate courses (or two of the six if participating in both weeks). The Belin-Blank Chautauqua takes its name from the adult education experiences of the early 20th century and features the sense of community common in those events. Information about summer will be available at

Immediately following the Belin-Blank Chautauqua series, the Center will host the Seventh Biennial Belin-Blank Advanced Leadership Institute, showcasing A Nation Empowered: Research-Based Evidence about Acceleration and Gifted/Talented Students.

Whatever your schedule, the Belin-Blank Center has an opportunity for professional development to match!

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