Professional learning opportunities for educators are available throughout the year, and Fall 2016 has some new and exciting opportunities. In addition to the semester-length classes that have already begun at the University of Iowa, educators can enroll as Continuing Education students in:
- Topics in Teaching and Learning: Competitions for Elementary and Secondary Gifted/Talented Students (September 12 – 30, 2016, 1 semester hour)
- Topics in Teaching and Learning: Common Core State Standards for Gifted/Talented—English Language Arts (October 3 – 21, 2016, 1 semester hour)
- Topics in Teaching and Learning: Differentiating: Going Beyond the Basics (November 7 – 29, 2016, 1 semester hour)
In addition to these new opportunities, the Center again is facilitating two different academic credit opportunities for those who are attending the Iowa Talented and Gifted (ITAG) Association Conference in October:
- For teachers NEW to gifted education, TAG: You’re It provides a guided overview of the field, building on the ITAG Conference (2 semester hours)
- For more experienced teachers, Leadership in Gifted Education, ITAG 2016 provides a structure to reflect on ITAG in light of national standards in gifted education and complete projects inspired by conference content (1 or 2 semester hours)
Those who are attending the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Convention, the opportunity for academic credit again builds on convention content, national standards, and educators’ applications of material.
The Fall schedule of courses is available online.
All educators (or even interested parents) who would like to earn academic credit should register as Continuing Education Students.
Dr. Laurie Croft, Associate Director for Professional Development, can answer questions about the Talented and Gifted Endorsement, a shortage area in Iowa and many other states.