How do educators and parents make objective, well-thought-out decisions about academic acceleration? On Sunday, July 24th, you can attend a pre-institute explaining just how to do that! Learn how to maximize the value of the Iowa Acceleration Scale (3rd edition), a tool designed to help educators and parents make data-driven decisions about academic acceleration. This session will be provided from 2-5 p.m., July 24, on the University of Iowa campus. Cost = $75.
The Iowa Acceleration Scale is a tool designed to help educators and parents make informed decisions about a grade skip. It helps to move the conversation away from a selective biased recall of specific acceleration stories to a focus on each aspect of students’ development that should be considered. The focus is on:
- Student ability, aptitude, and achievement
- School and Academic factors
- Developmental factors
- Interpersonal skills
All of these areas receive consideration in the discussion. The Iowa Acceleration Scale is not a test – it is a tool that guides the conversation of the child study team around the topic.
Using an instrument such as the IAS when making this decision helps us to:
- Separate the people from the problem,
- Focus on interests, not positions,
- Generate possibilities before making decisions, and
- Base results upon objective criteria.
Pre-institute participants are invited to attend the Belin-Blank Advanced Leadership Institute Speakers Reception, Sunday evening, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Starting the next day, the Belin-Blank Center will provide a two-day Institute (July 25 and 26) focused on the new publication on academic acceleration research and practice, A Nation Empowered: Evidence Trumps the Excuses Holding Back America’s Brightest Students.
For more information and to register for these events, visit: www.belinblank.org/bbali.