We are excited to announce our new Summer Art Residency and Summer Writing Residency! Spend 3 weeks this summer in an immersive art or writing residency on one of the premier arts campuses in the US. Participate in classes, workshops, evening tours, lectures, and events that will stretch you as an artist or writer. The residency concludes with an art and reading show and a portfolio review. Priority will be given to students who have participated in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Applications are currently being accepted.
We have called above-level testing “the best-kept secret in gifted education.” What do we mean by that? Above-level testing, which is a way of helping us more accurately measure a student’s aptitudes, is under-utilized in gifted education. Imagine you are working with two students, Jessica and Mary. Both of them have scored at the 99th percentile on the mathematics subtest of the Iowa Assessments when compared to other 5th graders. They are both strong in math, but how do we know the extent of their skills? What should they learn next? Psychologists say that the students have “hit the ceiling of the test” because they got everything (or almost everything) right on the grade-level test. What we need is a harder test that would more accurately measure their talents and help us to tailor instruction to their specific needs.
Enter an above-level test. Rather than creating a special test for these students, we give them I-Excel, which contains 8th grade content. Jessica scores at the 85th percentile when compared to 8th graders, and Mary scores at the 20th percentile when compared to 8th graders. This indicates that Jessica is ready for much more challenge (likely accelerative opportunities) in math than Mary, even though both students have shown they are very good at math compared to typical students in their 5th grade regular classroom.
We’ll dive into this concept in more detail in the webinar and the (optional) online class that follows it. Learn how you can apply the process of above-level testing so you can learn more about your students’ aptitudes and to think about the types of programming accommodations they need. Above-level testing is key to helping us tailor educational programs for gifted students. It helps us to understand the students need for challenge in specific subject areas and to act on the information appropriately.
The webinar will be held on January 9, 2018 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Central time. Register for the webinar here. Registration is for one computer, and one registration may be shared by multiple participants. We encourage schools, districts, and even AEAs to register to allow as many participants as possible access to this Webinar. Can’t make the live webinar? Don’t worry. You can still register for the event and a link to the recording will be emailed to you when it’s available. Cost: $45 for registration for either the Webinar or the link to watch it after the Webinar; $55 for registration for BOTH the Webinar and the link.
After the webinar, you may also take a one-semester-hour class on the topic. Registration information for that class is available here. The class meets online from January 16-February 5, 2018.
I wanted to be sure you are aware of upcoming professional learning opportunities!
The day before the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association Conference (October 15), Dr. Susan Assouline will provide a pre-conference session about academic acceleration, and the Iowa Acceleration Scale. You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pre-conference-workshop-on-academic-acceleration-tickets-37100929880.
If you would like to earn credit at the conference itself (instead of OR in addition to the pre-conference credit),
Please let me know if you have questions about these opportunities! As well, if you live in a different state and would like to discuss similar options for your own state conference, let me know. If you have the chance to attend the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) convention in Charlotte, NC, this November, you can earn either one or two hours of credit there, as well (https://www2.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank/educators/courses/schedule.aspx#PSQF:5194:0WKA).
I look forward to seeing you at ITAG!
UPDATE: All seats are now filled for September 9th; however, we do still have availability in our October date for 4th-6th graders and 6th-8th graders, and February classes will be up soon. You may also join the waitlist for classes that are full – occasionally we have drops and can add students from that waitlist.
Do you have a 2nd-8th grader with an interest and talent in robots, circuits, geography, art, or science fiction? Check out the classes for our upcoming WINGS date on September 9th in Iowa City!
A variety of classes are available, such as Watercolor Science (grades 2-4). In this workshop, students will use chemistry to create their very own watercolor paints. Using cabbage dye and household items, students will learn about the pH scale and mix their own liquid watercolor palette. Using our homemade watercolors, we will learn about other nifty watercolor tricks and techniques including using salt, rubbing alcohol, and wax to create watercolor works of art!
Another option is Making A World Through Science Fiction Writing (grades 6-8). Want to build and explore your favorite sci-fi setting in VR? In this course, we’ll talk about what makes our favorite sci-fi worlds so rich and enjoyable.
We’ll try designing and possibly exploring some of these worlds using the virtual reality design program, CoSpaces. Once we’ve spent some time exploring, we’ll work on coming up with ideas for worlds of our own and some stories that could happen there.
And if you already have plans on the 9th, we have several additional WINGS dates coming up, too.
Registration is open for the Wallace Research Symposium on Talent Development, to be held April 29-May 1, 2018 at the Mt. Washington Conference Center, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. The Wallace Research Symposium is the premiere scholarly conference for the latest research findings in gifted education and talent development. The call for papers is open until September 15th.
Featured speakers include:
- Susan Assouline
- Camilla Benbow
- Linda Brody
- Nicholas Colangelo
- Elaine Hansen
- David Lubinski
- Matt Makel
- Besty McCoach
- Paula Olszewski-Kubilius
- Jonathan Plucker
- Sally Reis
- Joseph Renzulli
- Ann Robinson
- Nancy Robinson
- Robert Root-Bernstein
- Michele Root-Bernstein
- Del Siegle
- Amy Shelton
- Rena Subotnik
- Joyce VanTassel-Baska
- Frank Worrell
The Wallace Research Symposium for Talent Development is co-hosted by the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center, the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, and the Vanderbilt University Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth. For more information, please visit belinblank.org/wallace. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had such a great week of AP training at the end of June!
More than 100 teachers participated in 8 AP workshops in science, technology, math, language arts, and history. They are now certified by the College Board to teach those courses in their schools!
They also got to take home some AP materials to get them started in their courses!
Interested in becoming an AP teacher? Keep an eye on our website (belinblank.org/aptti) and the blog for details on next year’s APTTI. If you’re curious about other ways to offer AP courses to your students, visit belinblank.org/ioapa.