Chautauqua was an adult education movement in the United States from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. A Native American (Iroquois) word, it may be hard to pronounce, but it’s the right name for the six face-to-face classes designed to help educators better understand the nature/needs of gifted learners, and how to meet those needs.
The Belin-Blank Center, in partnership with the University of Iowa College of Education, provides online classes throughout the year. During the summer, in addition to online courses, we want to offer gifted education advocates an opportunity to enjoy the Blank Honors Center building, to meet the Center’s staff, and to learn from each other.
Chautauqua I, July 9 – 14, including class on Saturday, includes these one-semester-hour classes:
- RCE:4126:0WKA Cognitive/Affective Needs of the Gifted (Psychology strand)
- EDTL:4021:0WKA Science for High Ability Students (Programming strand)
- EPLS:5240:0WKA Topics in Education: Coordinating Gifted and Talented Programs (Administrative Strand)
Chautauqua II, July 16 – 21, including class on Saturday, includes these one-semester-hour classes:
- PSQF:4128:0WKA Neuroscientific Implications for Gifted (Psychology strand)
- EDTL:4065:0WKA Social Studies for High Ability Learners (Programming strand)
- EPLS:4111:0WKA Evaluation of Gifted Programs (Administrative Strand)
Participants may enroll in any of the six classes—or in all of the six! Those who enroll at the graduate level for all three workshops in either week, or both weeks, receive an automatic tuition scholarship from the Belin-Blank Center for one of the three classes (i.e., three workshops for the cost of two; six for the cost of four). Each week, on Friday, the Belin-Blank Center hosts a lunch for Chautauqua participants, giving them a chance to interact with some of the same scholars whose work they’ve been reading during classes.
All of the classes fulfill requirements for the State of Iowa Talented and Gifted Endorsement, and each week includes one semester hour from each of three of the required strands; each class, part of a hybrid endorsement program, does require some online work as well as the participation in the two days on campus. Those seeking endorsement need to complete a total of 12 semester hours, with classes from each strand, and at least one practicum hour. Teachers can complete practicum during any semester.
More information about the Belin-Blank Chautauqua can be found here: https://www2.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank/educators/chautauqua/. Those who are new to the classes can learn more about registering as a University of Iowa Division of Continuing Education student here: https://www2.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank/educators/courses/registration.aspx.
We look forward to having you join us this summer for Chautauqua!