“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
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-335-6148).