Thursday, July 26th saw the close of the 2018 Secondary Student Training Program at the University of Iowa.
To celebrate a summer of exceptional research, participating students concluded their work by presenting their research in a final poster competition. Represented among the presentations was research from the College of Engineering, the Carver College of Medicine, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to name just a few. Congratulations to all students who presented!
A special congratulations goes out to this year’s valedictory class speaker, Iowa’s own Riley Dejohn, who spent his summer researching physical chemistry in Dr. Alexei Tivanski’s group at the University. Also featured was special guest speaker Dr. Hanna Stevens, professor of psychology and veteran SSTP mentor, who shared her insights gleaned over years of pedagogy during the final banquet dinner.
Thank you to our guest judges from Integrated DNA Technologies, without whom the final poster competition would not have been possible, and to the 2018 SSTP mentors at the University, for all of the guidance and leadership they gave to each student. We know that you have made a huge difference in the lives and careers of these future researchers!
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We were honored to have Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska join our professional development event for our new Javits-funded project, Educators Nurturing Talent Identification and Career Exploration (ENTICE). The project seeks to help educators identify and serve underrepresented and under-resourced talented students. Dr. VanTassel-Baska also did a crossover presentation about the Integrated Curriculum Model with both STEM Excellence (a separate but related program) and ENTICE educators. In addition to being a valuable resource for these educators, she is one of two evaluators for the grant. Originally, the Javits-funded program was called TICE, but the participating educators made the addition of “EN” during the event!
The 2018 STEM Excellence teacher professional development event overlapped with ENTICE’s schedule. This was the fourth year of this successful event. Over thirty teachers and administrators were in attendance. Attendees participated in a variety of workshops on topics ranging from student career development, identification of and interventions for twice-exceptional learners, reinforcing math concepts using computer science, and argument-based strategies for STEM-infused science teaching. Teachers, facilitators, and the STEM Excellence researchers spent time engaging in in-depth conversations about the STEM Excellence programs at their schools. They shared ideas and lesson plans for innovative STEM practices that their middle school students have engaged in, and they planned for future lessons that would best prepare their students to take challenging and advanced STEM course work in high school and beyond.
Thank you to all of these educators for their work in bringing new opportunities to high-ability Iowa students!
Learn about gifted education when and where it’s convenient for you! ALL coursework below applies to the State of Iowa Talented and Gifted Endorsement and provides the possibility of moving up the salary scale in your district.
- Cost of courses starts at $312 (undergraduate credit)
- Register for one or more classes. Online 2018 courses include:
- EDTL:4073:0WKA Facilitating Student Research Projects
- EDTL:4096:0WKC Competitions for Gifted/Talented (all grades)
- EDTL:4024:0WKA Differentiating with Technology
- EDTL:4074:0WKA Differentiating / Secondary Level
- RCE:4124:0WKA Ethnic/Cultural Issues and Gifted
- EDTL:4085:0WKA Current Readings / Research in Gifted Ed
- All are one-semester-hour credits
Ready to Get Started?
- More details at belinblank.org/educators.
- New students should follow the link to Register for the directions to apply as a continuing education student (no fee to apply).
- You need a computer and a reliable internet connection. Many courses provide all necessary course materials. For others, you will need to purchase one or two books.
- No travel requirement. All online courses can be completed at home.
- Questions? Laurie Croft, Associate Director: Professional Development: Laurie-Croft@uiowa.edu
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Chau·tau·qua [SHəˈtôkwə] popular adult education courses
- Cost of courses: $524 (graduate credit)
- ALL coursework applies to the State of Iowa Talented and Gifted Endorsement
- Register for one or more classes that meet for two days on campus*
*All are one-semester-hour credits; completion of courses often includes online discussion and/or submission of final projects via ICON
Ready to Get Started?
- More details at: belinblank.org/chautauqua
- New students should follow the link to Register for the directions to apply as a continuing education student (no fee to apply)
- Classes begin at 9:00 am, ending at 4:00 pm
- Take 3 classes in one week and receive a full scholarship for 1 class (take 6 over both weeks and receive a full scholarship for 2 classes)
- Questions? Laurie Croft, Clinical Professor of Gifted Education, Associate Director for Professional Development (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Belin-Blank Center Assessment and Counseling Clinic is offering a social skills group for high ability students who are entering 9th – 12th grade who demonstrate strong intellectual or academic abilities and social skills challenges (possibly due to ASD, anxiety, ADHD, etc.). The goal of the group is to facilitate development of improved social skills and peer relationships through natural social interaction and video modeling techniques.
There will be 6 group sessions, each 50 minutes in length, conducted on the 5th floor of Blank Honors Center. The group will meet weekly on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, July 10, and running through Tuesday, August 14. The fee is $45 per session, and we do accept BC/BS insurance. We will accept up to 6 students for our summer session.
If you have any questions or would like for your child to participate in this group, please contact email@example.com.