Category Archives: Classes and events

Costumes, Poetry, and Dancing at the Scholastic Celebration

Students who received a Gold Key, Silver Key, or Honorable Mention for their submission to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (Iowa or Midwest Regions) were invited to our Scholastic Celebration!

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Educators Are Thinking about Summer, Too

“Summer is always the best of what might be.”

Charles Bowden, author, journalist, 1945-2014

As teachers finish this school year, they are already thinking ahead to next year.  Summer is not only an opportunity to enjoy family and friends; it is also a time for lemonade, travel, new books—and new plans to make next year even better for their students.

The Belin-Blank Center is offering more professional learning opportunities than ever.   The full list of classes is available at www.belinblank.org/educators.  Starting on June 12, nine online and asynchronous  one- or two-semester-hour workshops are available, with opportunities in all the strands required for the State of Iowa Talented and Gifted Endorsement.  Classes include

  • Reading for High-Ability Learners
  • Gender Issues and Giftedness
  • Cognitive and Affective Needs of the Gifted
  • Teacher Training for Advanced Placement Courses, for those who enroll in the Center’s Advanced Placement Teacher Training Institute (2 semester hours, with a 50% tuition scholarship off the cost of graduate tuition)
  • Differentiation at the Secondary Level (those who have completed a 2017 APTTI class can earn one more hour with a 50% tuition scholarship; participants do not HAVE to participate in APTTI to enroll)
  • Special Topics: Personalized Education Plans for Gifted
  • Special Topics: Developing Curriculum for Gifted Learners (new!)
  • Current Readings & Research in Gifted Education
  • Practicum in Gifted Education

The Belin-Blank Chautauqua (B-BC) is back, too, for those who prefer some face-to-face time with other educators. Chautauqua was a popular early 20th Century adult education movement, and this summer’s B-BC offers a series of one-semester-hour hybrid classes, with two days on campus, as well as access to resources through ICON, the Iowa Course Online platform.

Chautauqua I begins on June 19 and includes

  • Counseling and Psychological Issues of Giftedness
  • Differentiating Projects with Technology
  • Special Topics: MATHALON—Hands-on Math for Gifted Learners (new!)

Chautauqua II begins on June 26, featuring

  • Creativity
  • Staff Development
  • Special Topics: TEAM: Teachers Engaged in Active Modeling for Gifted Learners (new!)

All Chautauqua participants are invited to lunch on Friday with Belin-Blank Center staff, providing an informal opportunity to learn about Center services and ask questions of renowned leaders in the field of gifted education and talent development.  Those who enroll at the graduate level in all three classes in either week—or both weeks—receive an automatic tuition scholarship for the full cost of one class for each week.

Both online and hybrid Chautauqua classes align with national standards developed by the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC), including the Teacher Preparation Standards in Gifted Education, the Pre-K – Grade 12 Gifted Programming Standards, and the new Faculty Standards for Teacher Preparation Programs in Gifted and Talented Education.

Visit the Center’s General Information page for more information about tuition and fees, and for details about registering for coursework as a University of Iowa Continuing Education student.  Contact Dr. Laurie Croft, Associate Director for Professional Development, with questions about summer at the Belin-Blank Center (laurie-croft@uiowa.edu  or  319-335-6148).

 

Come Join Us This Summer For Blast!

Check out more about the courses below and additional academic programming at belinblank.org/summer.

It’s Debate Time


We are very excited to announce two new classes this summer in Public Forum Debate!  Students in grades 8-10 can sign up for one or both classes in July.  In the first session, you will learn more about the principles of argumentation, research and rebuttal, and  tournament preparation.  The second session will focus on strategy decisions and in-round decisions about argumentation. All students will receive individualized critiques and instruction to help them advance as debaters.

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Professional Learning in Spring 2017

Professional learning never stops at the Belin-Blank Center!  While we schedule flexible classes for educators who are earning their Talented and Gifted endorsements in gifted education, we welcome anyone with an interest in the topics below.

Even before the spring semester begins, we are offering EDTL:4085:0WKA, Current Readings and Research, from December 28 – January 13, for one semester hour of academic credit. Readings are selected by each participant, based on his/her needs and interests.

During the spring semester, we are offering the 10 classes below; the selection includes both “workshops” (course numbers are followed by 0WKA; these classes have no additional fees) and “extension classes” (course numbers are followed by 0EXA; these classes include technology fees, in addition to tuition).

As well as spring classes, the Belin-Blank Center is sponsoring a webinar with Dr. Jaime Castellano, one of the nation’s leading authorities about the needs of culturally and linguistically different gifted students.  Registration for the Webinar (February 2, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.) will open in January; participants register ONE computer for the webinar, allowing multiple participants to access the session.  If the date or time isn’t convenient, participants may choose the DVD option.

Course Number Course Name (semester hours) Dates
EDTL:4199:0EXW Program Models in Gifted Education (3 sh) Jan 17 – May 5
PSQF:4121:0EXW Identification of Students for Gifted Programs (3 sh) Jan 17 – May 5
EDTL:4072:0WKA Thinking Skills Jan 23 – Feb 10
EPLS:4110:0EXW Administrative and Policy Issues in Gifted Education (2 sh) Jan 30 – Apr 28
RCE:4124:0WKA Ethnic and Cultural Issues* (1 sh) Feb 9 – Mar 1
EDTL:4022:0WKA Math Programming for High Ability Learners Mar 13 – 31
EDTL:4096:0EXW Pract in Tchg & Curric Devel Gifted Educ (2 or 3 sh) Mar 20 – May 5
EDTL:4096:0EXW Smart Girls in the 21st Century** (Special Topics 2 sh) Mar 20 – May 5
EDTL:4029:0WKA Leadership Skills for G/T, K-12 (1 sh) Apr 3 – 21
EDTL:4189:0WKA Practicum in Gifted/Talented Education*** (1 sh) Apr 10 – 28

 

* Interested in Ethnic and Cultural Issues in Gifted Education?  Participants must also register for the webinar on the same topic with Dr. Jaime Castellano on February 2, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

**Smart Girls in the 21st Century uses the book by the same name (Barbara Kerr and Robyn McKay, authors) to explore this topic.

*** Educators who are interested in the one required hour of practicum (EDTL:4189:0WKA) may enroll as early as January 2017.  The ICON website will open in January, allowing more time to complete the practicum experience.  Those who want more than one semester hour of practicum should enroll in EDTL:4096:0EXW.

Questions?  Contact Dr. Laurie Croft, Associate Director for Professional Development (laurie-croft@uiowa.edu  or  319-335-6148).

Challenge Comes to Cedar Rapids!

We’re excited to partner with Imagination Iowa to offer enrichment courses in Cedar Rapids for gifted middle school students this fall!

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Starting October 21 – November 18, gifted middle school students in Cedar Rapids can explore the world of business development with the iEntrepreneur class or try out the art of 3D Design & Printing. Classes will start at 2:00 pm after the early release from school and last for three hours.

Imagination Iowa is a K‍–‍12 STEAM-based program powered by the non-profit NewBoCo. It prides itself on encouraging creative growth by teaching students coding, engineering and entrepreneurship skills. All Imagination Iowa courses are hands-on, experiential and project based. This ensures that students apply real world concepts to their learning and have opportunities to work with experts in those fields. Located in the heart of the NewBo District, this innovative program is growing quickly and expanding its efforts to reach the needs of all learners.

Are you in the Cedar Rapids area? Check out the courses!

No Time for Your Own Professional Development? Take Graduate Courses in Your PJs!

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The Belin-Blank Center offers a variety of online courses in gifted education, so you can learn at a time that is convenient to you (even if that means late at night!).  The cost of courses starts at $297 (undergraduate credit), and you can register for one or more classes.  There is no travel requirement, and all online courses can be completed at home.  Learn about gifted education when and where it’s convenient for you!

Spring 2017 courses include:

  • Program Models in Gifted Education (3 semester hours)
  • Identification of Students for Gifted Programs (3 semester hours)
  • Topics: Smart Girls in the 21st Century (2 semester hours)
  • Administrative & Policy Issues (2 semester hours)
  • Thinking Skills (1 semester hour)
  • Ethnic & Cultural Issues / Giftedness (1 semester hour)
  • Math Programming for High Ability Learners (1 semester hour)
  • Leadership Skills for G/T, K-12 (1 semester hour)

Ready to get started? More details at: belinblank.org/educators.  New students should visit belinblank.org/EdReg and follow the directions to register as a continuing education student.

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.

In addition to these online opportunities, the Belin-Blank Center again is facilitating two different academic credit opportunities for those who are attending the Iowa Talented and Gifted (ITAG) Association Conference on October 17-18, 2016:

  • For teachers NEWto 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)

For those who are attending the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Convention in Orlando on November 3-6, the opportunity for academic credit again builds on convention content, national standards, and educators’ applications of material.

To see more information about the ITAG and NAGC options, view the Fall 2016 schedule of courses online.  (Note: The list of spring courses is not yet online.)

All educators (or interested parents) who would like to earn academic credit should register as Continuing Education Students.  Questions?  Contact Dr. Laurie Croft, Associate Director for Professional Development, Belin-Blank Center.