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In Case You Missed It: Developing an AP Culture

This post was originally published in December 2015. Enjoy! When talking with many of our schools, we hear that one of the keys to building a successful AP program is fostering an environment where academic achievement is valued, especially within … Continue reading

Iowa Online AP Academy: Above-Level Testing and I-Excel

For many middle and high schools that partner with the Iowa Online AP Academy, a common question is how to determine which students may be ready for online above-level coursework. This is especially true for middle school students, as the … Continue reading

Encouraging AP: Developing an AP Culture

When talking with many of our schools, we hear that one of the keys to building a successful AP program is fostering an environment where academic achievement is valued, especially within the AP context. Many of our Iowa Online AP … Continue reading

College Board Scholarships for AP Summer Institute

This summer, the University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center will be hosting an online Advanced Placement® Summer Institute (APSI). (formerly known as the AP Teacher Training Institute or APTTI). APSI is designed for teachers who want to learn to teach AP® … Continue reading

ISASP: Begin Discovering Talent in Your Students

Schools in Iowa began administering the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) for the first time in spring 2019. We have received a lot of questions about how to use the scores, especially related to talent identification, above-level testing, … Continue reading

October is Gifted Education Awareness Month!

Governor Reynolds declared the month of October to be Gifted Education Awareness Month. The Iowa Talented and Gifted Association (ITAG) proposed many activities to celebrate giftedness in your school and district! Some of these include: Ask to have gifted students … Continue reading

Using Above-Level Testing to Connect Talented Students with Challenging Coursework

As you may know, the Iowa Online AP Academy (IOAPA) and the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS) have teamed up to provide identification and programming services to help Iowa teachers find talented students and develop their abilities. For more … Continue reading

Computer Science Education in Iowa

At the end of April, then-Governor Branstad signed Senate File 274 into law, establishing goals for expanding computer science education opportunities for Iowa students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Read more about the bill here. These goals include: offering at … Continue reading

Important Dates and Deadlines

We know there are a lot of dates and deadlines related to IOAPA and AP courses. Keep this post handy as a convenient reminder of the most important dates for the 2017-2018 school year. September 15, 2017: Last day to drop … Continue reading

New for 2017-2018: Environmental Science Classes

We are thrilled to present IOAPA’s newest offerings, available now for Fall 2017 registration: AP Environmental Science for high school students and Environmental Science for middle schoolers. High school students can register for AP Environmental Science to learn about the … Continue reading

Reflections on First Semester of Computer Science with Edhesive

We are excited to share a collection of data and advice based on student and teacher experiences with IOAPA’s Edhesive Computer Science courses in the Fall 2016 semester. Similar to previous semesters, we have compiled the information into an easy-to-understand … Continue reading

Recognizing Stress and Helping Students Manage

Now that we’ve passed the halfway point of the semester, it’s likely that students are beginning to feel the pressure of upcoming assignments, projects and tests for their IOAPA courses or otherwise. Here are some tips for recognizing stress in … Continue reading

Iowa Online AP Academy versus Iowa Learning Online: What’s the Difference?

Iowa students have a wide range of options when it comes to online learning, and it can be hard to distinguish between what the best options might be for students. One particular program, Iowa Learning Online, offers online programming like … Continue reading

Message from the Director: What’s Wrong With Being Confident?

An appealing refrain plus a catchy tune find their way into our heads and often stick.  This is exactly what happened to me during a recent Zumba class when the refrain, “What’s wrong with being confident” from Demi Lovato’s song … Continue reading

Educators: Interested in the New AP Computer Science Course?

This year, the College Board is introducing a new AP class to round out their computer science offerings. AP Computer Science Principles is a full-year class for high school students aimed at developing literacy in the field of computer science. … Continue reading

Iowa Online AP Academy: Changes Coming to Computer Science

As many of you know, we introduced our first pilot course in Computer Science during this academic school year. Given the number of students interested in computer science, we are excited to expand our offerings to three new Computer Science … Continue reading

Iowa Gifted Education Week

This week, many of our staff are attending and presenting at the Iowa Talented and Gifted Conference, including members of the IOAPA staff. If you couldn’t make it to Des Moines this year, be sure to check out the following … Continue reading

Welcome to the Iowa Online AP Academy!

This year, we are offering 13 AP courses for high school students and eight Honors courses for middle school students through our partnership with Apex Learning. As students get acclimated to their online classes, we wanted to provide reminders about … Continue reading

The Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank Fellowship in Gifted and Talented Education, and Beyond!

From June 22 – June 26, 2015, the Center will host the 35th Belin-Blank Fellowship. The Fellowship was the first program provided by Dr. Nick Colangelo, many years before the Center became a center; the commitment to the professional learning … Continue reading

Teachers: Are You Thinking About Fall AP?

Summer may have just started, but it’s never too early to begin thinking about Advanced Placement planning for next year. Whether you are a new or veteran AP teacher or IOAPA mentor, the College Board has several resources in place … Continue reading

Are You Considering Iowa Online AP Academy Courses?

As high school students start thinking about next year, Advanced Placement is an opportunity that often comes up. Many times, parents might have additional questions about the benefits of AP, especially when courses are offered online through the Iowa Online … Continue reading

What can you tell us about STEM Excellence?

The Belin-Blank Center is honored to accept funding from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to support math and science programming for underrepresented rural Iowa students. And I am thrilled to be receiving inquiries from across the state about STEM Excellence … Continue reading

Message from the Director: The More Things Remain the Same, the More They Change

Yes, that is exactly what I intended to write, and by “the same” I mean stable.  Visitors to the Belin-Blank Center or the website will notice both subtle and overt changes to the building, the personnel, and the programming.  Because … Continue reading

You’ll See Some New Faces at the Center This Fall

Welcome! Ms. Kristin Flanary Ms. Flanary, M.A., is the Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy (IOAPA) administrator and has hit the ground running.  The day she started at the Belin-Blank Center, IOAPA registration was already in process, and she’s been busy … Continue reading

Familiar Faces with New Responsibilities

Dr. Maureen Marron, Associate Research Scientist for the Institute for Research and Policy on Acceleration, will be working with Dr. Clar Baldus over the next year to integrate the administration of the Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy (IOAPA) into her … Continue reading

The Importance of AP

Advanced Placement (AP) classes and exams have become the standard for advanced curriculum. The Belin-Blank Center’s Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy (IOAPA) was initiated in 2001 to provide access to AP for students who otherwise would not be able to … Continue reading