Professional Learning: Spring Semester 2023

Do you remember Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery? The author once said that “nothing ever seems impossible in spring, you know,” and that goes for taking advantage of just-in-time professional learning opportunities! Consider adding one or more of these to your busy schedule to learn to support your gifted/talented students even better.

This semester, the Belin-Blank Center, in collaboration with the University of Iowa College of Education, is offering opportunities for teachers to further develop their understanding of gifted learners and how to meet their needs, as well as providing classes that apply to the State of Iowa Talented and Gifted Endorsement in Gifted Education.

  • EDTL:4066:0EXW Curriculum Concepts in Gifted Education begins March 20 (ending on May 12). This three-semester course focuses on arguably the most crucial focus for advanced learners: what is best practice in the classroom? This class fulfills the requirement for the Programming for the Gifted strand of the endorsement and develops expertise in the 2019 NAGC Pre-K – Grade 12 Gifted Programming Standards, especially Standard 1 Learning and Development, Standard 3 Curriculum Planning and Instruction, and Standard 5 Programming.
  • EDTL:4075:0WKA Topics in TAG Programming: Acceleration as an Option for Gifted Students begins on March 28 and continues through April 17. This workshop is designed for those who take advantage of one (or both) of the acceleration webinars offered by the Center this spring.

On Thursday, February 23, Dr. Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik and Dr. Randy Lange provide an Introduction to the Integrated Acceleration System; on Thursday, March 23, Advanced Users of Acceleration Tools will focus on preparing the team, planning for the meeting, and follow up. Dr. Susan Assouline, Dr. Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, and Dr. Randy Lange will provide those with familiarity with the Integrated Acceleration System greater understanding about the practical aspects of grade skipping.

Participants can join webinars live or can watch a recording. Multiple participants can watch the webinar or recording with one registration, so suggest that your school, district, or AEA register!

Participants in this class will build on the knowledge provided during the webinar(s) and extend their understanding about acceleration. Participants will also receive an automatic 50% tuition scholarship based on the cost of graduate tuition (those registered with the University of Iowa as undergraduates receive a smaller scholarship). This class fulfills the requirement for the Programming for the Gifted strand.

  • PSQF:5194:0WKC allows those who register for the ITAG Spring Workshop to extend their learning by focusing specifically on the presenter’s book, Start Seeing and Serving Underserved Gifted Students. The workshop begins on April 24 (through May 12). Participants receive an automatic 50% tuition scholarship based on the cost of graduate tuition (those registered with the University of Iowa as undergraduates receive a smaller scholarship). This class fulfills the requirement for the Administrative strand.

Workshops with automatic scholarships require participation in the event (e.g., the webinar or the Spring Workshop). Registration is restricted; contact educators@belinblank.org to override the restriction.

Enrollment in practicum is still available. EDTL:4188:0EXW is for those who want to complete more than one semester hour of practicum credit and begins on March 20. EDTL:4189:0WKA begins April 17 and provides one semester hour of practicum with the focus on the age level opposite that of certification, as required by the State of Iowa. Both courses end on May 5, and both require contacting educators@belinblank.org to override a course restriction and enroll.

Get Registered for Credit

To participate in endorsement classes, you must register once each year with Distance and Online Education as a non-degree seeking student. For the purposes of the State of Iowa Endorsement in Talented and Gifted Education, you may register as either a graduate or undergraduate student regardless of your professional status. In other words, if you won’t benefit in other ways from the graduate credit (e.g., promotion in your school), you can save tuition dollars. Once you have your HawkID and password, you can follow the directions to register for courses at belinblank.org/educators/reg.

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