Belin-Blank Chautauqua – Back by Popular Demand!

In July, the Belin-Blank Center is hosting another Chautauqua series in Iowa City.  Chautauqua I (July 11-16, including class on Saturday) and Chautauqua II (July 18 – 23, including class on Saturday) will feature six separate one-semester hour classes on campus with additional online components.

Participants may enroll in any one of these workshops. Those who enroll at the graduate level for all three classes in either week—or both—receive an automatic tuition scholarship from the Belin-Blank Center for one of three classes (i.e., three classes for the cost of two; six for the cost of four).

Limited housing will be available at Burge Hall, adjacent to Blank Honors Center, for those enrolling in all three workshops during either Chautauqua. Contact Rachelle Blackwell by email or at 800-336-6463 for registration information.  Single rooms are available for $342 for each week (additional charge of $57 for those staying Sunday between the two weeks) . Reservations, including payment, are due by Monday, June 13, 2016 at 9:00am CDT.

Free music performances are available in downtown Iowa City every Friday evening!  Other extracurricular opportunities will be available for Chautauqua participants.

The following courses are offered during the two Chautauqua weeks:

Chautauqua I

  • RCE:4119:0WKA Family Issues and Giftedness
  • EDTL:4021:0WKA Science for High Ability Students
  • EDTL:4065:0WKA Social Studies for High Ability

Chautauqua II

  • EDTL:4096:0WKB Topics in Teaching and Learning: Bibliotherapy for the Gifted
  • EDTL:4025:0WKA Differentiated Instruction for the Gifted
  • EPLS:5240:0WKA Topics in Education: Coordinating Gifted and Talented Programs

The Belin-Blank Chautauqua is a part of the extensive opportunities to learn more about gifted education during the summer.  In addition to the six Chautauqua classes, the Center, in collaboration with the University of Iowa College of Education, is offering eight different online classes; all classes apply to one of the strands required for the Talented and Gifted Endorsement.

Credit is also available for the practicum experience in gifted education; the practicum, an individualized experience, requires prior approval before enrollment. Contact Dr. Laurie Croft, Associate Director for Professional Development, for more information.

The Belin-Blank Advanced Leadership Institute, A Nation Empowered: Research-Based Evidence about Acceleration and Gifted/Talented Students, offers an optional semester hour of credit, as well as a 50% tuition scholarship for those who enroll.

The Advanced Placement Teacher Training Institute also offers an optional two-semester hour credit, and a 50% tuition scholarship. Iowa Licensure Renewal Units are also possible for either institute.

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