Are you attending the Iowa Talented and Gifted (ITAG) Association Conference in October? The Belin-Blank Center is offering two different credit options, and you can take advantage of one or both of these opportunities. ITAG’s annual fall conference is focused on “Teaming for Gifted: School-Home-Community,” October 15 – 16, Des Moines, IA (at the Airport Holiday Inn). Educators can enroll in PSQF:5194:0WKB for either one or two semester hours; the Belin-Blank Center provides a 50% tuition scholarship for the cost of graduate tuition. Contact Dr. Laurie Croft or Haley Wikoff at firstname.lastname@example.org for special permission to enroll (guaranteeing that all those who enroll understand that conference attendance is required for this credit). For educators NEW to gifted education, we invite you to enroll in RCE:5237:0EXW TAG: You’re It! (Seminar in Gifted Education, 2 semester hours, starting at ITAG, online, October 22 – December 7).
ITAG is offering a second professional learning opportunity on Sunday, October 14, and the Belin-Blank Center is offering another credit specifically to facilitate more extended learning related to the Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and the Advanced Learner. Educators can enroll in PSQF:5194:0WKC for one semester hour; this credit also provides a 50% tuition scholarship. Contact email@example.com for special permission to enroll.
Many Iowa educators and others in the Midwest are looking forward to attending the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Convention in Minneapolis, MN, from November 15 – 18 (pre-convention sessions on November 14 and the morning of November 15 are not required but are wonderful opportunities). The theme for #NAGC18 is recognition of 65 years of commitment to the support of gifted children, and educators can enroll in PSQF:5194:0WKA for one or two semester hours (receiving a 50% tuition scholarship—contact firstname.lastname@example.org for special permission to enroll).
Fall semester 2018 also includes three-semester-hour classes; enroll ASAP; very limited space:
- EDTL:4137:0EXW Introduction to Educating Gifted Students (online, August 20 – October 15);
- EDTL:4067:0EXW Conceptions of Talent Development (new, online, October 15 – December 14);
- PSQF:4120:0EXW Psychology of Giftedness (online, 16-week fall semester).
The practicum experience is available each semester; contact email@example.com for details.
Visit belinblank.org/educators for general information about credit options, including additional classes offered in the “workshop” online format (three weeks for one-semester-hour). Workshops will also be announced on the gifted-teachers listserv, a valuable resource for advocates for gifted/talented learners.
The Belin-Blank Center has provided professional development opportunities for almost 40 years; we look forward to supporting your learning needs.
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 is proud to organize the Wallace Research Symposium on Talent Development every two to four years. This year’s April symposium was in Baltimore and co-hosted by the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center, the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, and Vanderbilt University Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth. It was truly remarkable to gather with 200 other individuals, many of them renowned researchers in gifted education, creativity, and related areas. The conversations that occurred at the dinner table were impressive!
One of the purposes of the Wallace Research Symposium this year was to honor the legacy of Julian Stanley. His ideas and his scholarly example can inspire all of us.
Stanley’s creative ideas and hard work planted the seeds for many of the activities and programs we provide in gifted education today. Millions of students have benefitted from Talent Searches, in which bright students take an above-level test (one that was developed for older students). This simple concept, which is still considered somewhat revolutionary, has given us a way to discover high-ability students. Once discovered, it is possible to provide these students with appropriate challenges.
Perhaps most important is the work Stanley did documenting the characteristics and educational and career trajectories of exceptionally talented youth. Dr. Stanley began a 50-year study on talented youth in the 1970s, which continues today. This is an almost unheard-of accomplishment in educational research.
Lessons learned from Julian Stanley:
- Mentors are important. Academically talented students benefit from mentors who not only teach them content, but also guide them through educational decisions, inspire them to work hard, and point out challenging opportunities.
- Objective tools, such as standardized tests, provide valuable information to discover and guide talented students.
- It is useful to look at specific domains of talent. Instead of searching for the all-around gifted student, focusing on specific subjects, such as mathematics or science, helps us to discover students who are ready for additional challenges.
- Acceleration is one of the best-researched methods for challenging talented students. Stanley’s Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth contributed a great deal to this work and shows us that academic acceleration and appropriate educational placement can have a profound effect on talented students, even many years later.
Julian Stanley changed the landscape of gifted education. It all started with the power of one.
Watch the video about the legacy of Julian Stanley.
With summer just around the corner, now is the time to plan your summer professional development. With so many online and on-campus professional development opportunities available at the Belin-Blank Center, you have many options from which to choose!
If your goal this summer is to expand AP opportunities for students in your schools, consider attending the AP Teacher Training Institute (APTTI) on the University of Iowa campus from June 26-29, 2018. With workshops in Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Physics, U.S. Government & Politics, and U.S. History, there’s sure to be a subject of interest to you and your students.
The goals of APTTI are to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to implement an AP course in your school. New and experienced teachers alike can benefit from the training provided by our fantastic consultants. AP U.S. Government & Politics teachers should especially consider attending an AP Summer Institute like APTTI this summer, with the upcoming redesign of the course rolling out in 2018-2019. Seats are still available in our AP U.S. Government workshop, but they’re filling up quickly, so register soon!
If you have questions about APTTI, visit belinblank.org/aptti or email email@example.com. We can’t wait to see you on the UI campus this summer!
The Belin-Blank Center, in partnership with departments in the University of Iowa College of Education, offers a variety of online classes this summer. While we would love to have you join us on campus for our Chautauqua course series, we know that many of those advocating for gifted/talented students benefit from the flexible online format. Each of the online classes is offered for one semester hour of credit and are three weeks in length. You can learn how to develop creativity in every learner, facilitate research projects, enhance your understanding of differentiation at the secondary level, and more!
If you will be joining us on campus for the Advanced Placement Teacher Training Institute, we offer your choice of two hours of academic credit; the Center provides a 50% tuition scholarship for those who take advantage of the graduate credit.
To see a full list of our summer course offerings, please click here: https://www2.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank/educators/courses/schedule.aspx.
To get registered for classes please follow the steps listed here: https://www2.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank/educators/courses/registration.aspx
We look forward to working with you as you pursue your TAG Endorsement through the University of Iowa!
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