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Belin-Blank Center

600 Blank Honors Center
Iowa City, IA 52242

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319.335.6148
belinblank@uiowa.edu

Director:
Dr. Susan Assouline

Mission

The mission of the Belin-Blank Center is to empower and serve the international gifted community through exemplary leadership in programs, research, and advocacy.

The Belin-Blank Center:

  • Identifies gifted, talented, and artistic learners;
  • Offers specialized educational opportunities for students;
  • Increases awareness and use of acceleration to enhance learning;
  • Provides assessment, counseling, and consultation services;
  • Develops curriculum resources and materials;
  • Facilitates the professional development of educators;
  • Disseminates information through conferences and publications;
  • Leads in local, national, and international policy formation;
  • Enhances educational opportunities through technology;
  • Collaborates with the worldwide gifted community;
  • Promotes access, diversity, and equity in developing talent.

The Belin-Blank Center supports the development of gifted education programs throughout the world. Our international efforts include the Templeton International Fellows program, a professional development program for South Korean and Russian educators, and summer programs for high-ability Chinese students (China Scholars Program). Additionally, we have partnerships with gifted education institutions in Australia, Canada, Chile, and Israel.

Acceleration of gifted students

The Belin-Blank Center is the international leader in research and advocacy on academic acceleration. Academic acceleration has been empirically validated as the most effective academic intervention for gifted students. The publication of A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America's Brightest Students made acceleration for gifted students a topic of national discussion. We are pleased to make A Nation Deceived (Volume I) available for free download in multiple languages.

Please visit the site for the Belin-Blank Center's Institute for Research and Policy on Acceleration (IRPA) for information on academic acceleration and to download a free copy of both volumes of A Nation Deceived.

Twice-exceptional students

The Wallace Research and Assessment Clinic is home to the National Institute for Twice-Exceptionality (NITE). Twice-exceptionality refers to gifted students who have learning, behavioral, and/or social-emotional difficulties. NITE provides a clearinghouse for resources related to the topic of twice-exceptionality. The NITE team of licensed psychologists and researchers has actively researched this topic and abstracts of several recent research publications are available on our Assessment and Counseling Clinic webpage.

Sincerely,

Susan Assouline
Director and
Professor, Psychological and Quantitative Foundations