John Cotton Dana, an American library and museum director, brilliantly asserted that “who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” That is certainly true of teachers who support the needs of gifted and talented learners.
Teachers from across the country who are new to the field of gifted education and talent development look for coursework to help them earn the Talented and Gifted Endorsement. Teachers who already work in gifted programs continue to develop their understanding of gifted children and how to best develop their talents.
The Belin-Blank Center sponsors Chautauqua in the summer, and many teachers take advantage of one or more of the six one-semester-hour classes that begin over two weeks in July. Each of these classes meets, either in person on the University of Iowa campus or via Zoom, for the first two days of the class; look for more information at belinblank.org/Chautauqua.
Others might prefer the flexible format of fully online and asynchronous opportunities throughout the summer. All classes are one semester hour unless otherwise indicated.
|May 17 – Jun 6||EDTL:4096:0WKA (Topics)||Assessing Achievement for Talent Development (Programming strand)||Anna Payne|
|Jun 6 – 24||EDTL:4024:0WKA||Differentiating Projects with Technology (Programming strand; updated content)||Dr. Antonia Szymanski|
|Jun 6 – Jul 29||PSQF:4123:0EXW (3 semester hours [s.h.])||Academic Acceleration (1 s.h. each in the Psychology, Programming, and 1 Administrative strands)||Dr. Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik|
|Jun 13 – Aug 4||EDTL/RCE:4137:0EXW (3 semester hours)||Introduction to Educating Gifted Students (Psychology strand)||Dr. Kimberley Chandler|
|Jun 20 – Jul 11||EDTL:4085:0WKA||Current Readings & Research in Gifted Education (strand based on readings)||Anna Payne|
|Jun 27 – Jul 18||PSQF:4126:0WKA||Cognitive/Affective Needs of Gifted Students (Psychology strand)||Dr. Katie Schabilion|
|Jul 1 – 22||EDTL:5080:0WKA||Teacher Training in Advanced Placement Courses** (Programming strand)||Dr. Randy Lange|
|Jul 6 – June 24||EDTL:4029:0WKA||Leadership Skills for G/T Students, K – 12 (Programming strand)||Dr. Beth Maloney|
|Jul 11 – 29||EDTL:4074:0WKA||Differentiation at the Secondary Level (Programming strand)||Dr. Kristine Milburn|
**option for participants in the University of Iowa Advanced Placement Summer Institute (belinblank.org/apsi)
To take part in classes, participants must register one time each year with Distance and Online Education as a non-degree seeking student. Those earning the Endorsement in Talented and Gifted Education may register as either graduate or undergraduate students, regardless of professional status (undergraduates pay less tuition per course but may lose district benefits). Once participants have their “HawkID” and password, they can follow the directions to register for courses that match their interests and needs. Follow the steps at belinblank.org/educators/reg.