Workshops in Gifted Education

Psychology of the Gifted Strand:

Programming for the Gifted Strand:

Administration and Supervision of Gifted Programs Strand:

Practicum for Gifted Programs Strand

Practicum requires prior approval before enrollment; contact our professional development team, Haley Wikoff, Graduate Assistant for Professional Development and Laurie Croft, Associate Director for Professional Development at educators@belinblank.org.

*may be taken more than one time (varying subject areas) for the Talented and Gifted Endorsement.

The fourth strand necessary for the Talented and Gifted Endorsement involves an individualized program planned for each teacher who arranges the Practicum experience directly with Haley Wikoff, Graduate Assistant for Professional Development, or Laurie Croft, Associate Director for Professional Development. Contact them at educators@belinblank.org.

FIRST STEP: Visit https://apply.admissions.uiowa.edu/admissions/login.page, and indicate an interest in enrolling as a Continuing Education student (not pursuing a degree or certificate). Complete this process, indicating your choice of "graduate" or “undergraduate” status for this semester (undergraduate status is satisfactory for the endorsement). You must complete this step before you can enroll credit. You do NOT need to complete this process more than one time per year.

Practicum experience is based in local classrooms convenient for participants or at the Belin-Blank Center. Participants are provided opportunities to explore relevant literature, to assist in developing curriculum for courses and workshops in gifted education, and to observe and assist in classroom instruction. (Participants may enroll in 1, 2, or 3 semester hours, depending on section.) Needs special permission

  • If you are enrolled as a full-time student, register for EDTL:4188:0001.
  • If you are a Continuing Education student who wants one semester hour of credit for practicum, enroll in EDTL:4189:0WKA.
  • If you are a Continuing Education student who wants two or more semester hours of credit for practicum, enroll in RCE:4188:0EXW.

    Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

    Team Teacher: Haley Wikoff

    Dates & Time: Multiple official start dates dependent on section; participants with later start dates are welcome (and encouraged) to start the course early 

    Platform: Online via ICON

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Students review conceptions of talent development and explore possibilities for appropriate programming in specific fields across various stages in life; traditional opportunities in gifted education programs; stages of development in early childhood; development of knowledge and skills in addition to and beyond organized educational programs.                     (3 s.h.)

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: October 15 - December 14th, 2018

Platform: Online via ICON

 
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The Advanced Learner Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) Guide was created to assist classroom teachers, ensuring all students are appropriately challenged. The Advanced Learner MTSS Guide is written content neutral and can be used across disciplines for K-12 grade learners.  Participants will also review research about the benefits of Response to Intervention when used with advanced learners, and develop their skills in meeting student needs through advanced curriculum.  This class may count toward either the Psychology or the Programming strand, depending on choice of readings and project.

Send email to educators@belinblank.org with questions and to override the registration restriction.

Registration for and participation in the ITAG 2018 Fall Pre-Conference (MTSS Guide for Advanced Learners) is required.

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: October 18 - November 7, 2018

Platform: Online via ICON



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"TAG: You're It" provides teachers new to gifted education an opportunity to attend the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association Conference in October and apply their learning to better support the gifted learners in their districts. In addition to reflecting on presentations from national and state leaders in the field, "TAG: You're It" provides articles for discussion, and the opportunity to review gifted programs in the context of best practices for gifted and talented students. (2 s.h.).  

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: October 22 - December 7, 2018

Platform: Online via ICON

Prerequisites: Must register for and attend Iowa Talented and Gifted Association Conference (http://iowatag.org)  October 14-16, 2018 in Des Moines, IA

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This course requires attendance at the Iowa Talented and Gifted (ITAG) Conference, as well as a synthesis of major themes and an evaluation of relevance of conference themes to the participant's role in gifted education. (1 or 2 s.h.). 

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: October 22 - November 9, 2018

Platform: Online via ICON


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This course is designed to help educators develop a personal plan that can be used to drive and document programming, based on the needs and interests of the gifted and talented student. After completing this course, participants will have developed a useful template to use in their districts. (1 s.h.)

Instructor: Lora Duffy-Danker

Dates & Time: October 31 - November 27, 2018

Platform: Online via ICON

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This course requires attendance at the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) Conference, as well as a synthesis of major themes and an evaluation of relevance of conference themes to the participant's role in gifted education. (1 or 2 s.h.)

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: November 19 - December 11, 2018

Platform: Online via ICON

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This workshop reviews the purposes and methods of reading instruction, with a focus on developmentally-appropriate needs of high-ability readers.  Topics include genres of literature, enriched and accelerated reading curricula, and the role of reading in the social and emotional development of gifted students. (1 s.h.)

Instructor: Patricia Champion, Ed.D.

Dates & Time: November 26 - December 14, 2018

Platform: Online via ICON

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This workshop will encourage participants to develop greater expertise in finding and analyzing research-based articles in the field of gifted education. Participants will practice evaluating and synthesizing evidence in an effort to better understand and implement best practices in the field.  Current Readings and Research will apply to a strand, depending on the content chosen. (1 s.h.)

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: December 26, 2018 - January 11, 2019

Platform: Online via ICON

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Interpretation of standardized tests and other measurement instruments used to identify academic talent and program effectively for grades K-12; ability, aptitude, achievement tests; current issues in the uses of various instruments. (3 sh)

Doctoral students should enroll in PSQF:5226:0EXW Assessment of Giftedness.

     Instructor: Susan Assouline, Ph.D.

     Dates & Time: January 22, 2019 - March 15, 2019

     Platform: Online via ICON
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Development and refinement of preservice and inservice educators' understanding of academic programs; needs of gifted and talented students, including diverse and often underrepresented groups of students; rationale for and implementation of a comprehensive program model for gifted students.  (3 sh)  

     Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

     Dates & Time: Jan 14 - March 8, 2019

     Platform: Online via ICON
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Policy, administrative, evaluation issues in developing and maintaining gifted programs in a school setting; participants develop gifted program and policies for a school; for school executives and coordinators of gifted programs. (2 sh)

     Instructor: Randy Lange, Ph.D.

     Dates & Time: January 28 - April 26, 2018 

     Platform: Online via ICON
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The Integrated Curriculum Model (ICM) allows participants to learn more about the development of exemplary curriculum units through the study of this model, developed at the Center for Gifted Education (William & Mary).  The model is designed specifically for gifted learners and emphasizes three dimensions: advanced content, higher level processes and product development, and interdisciplinary concepts, issues, and themes.  Especially useful when paired with EDTL:4096:0WKC, Developing Gifted Curriculum for Gifted Learners, (March 12 – April 1).  (1 s.h.)

Instructor: Kimberly Chandler, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: January 22 - February 11, 2019

Platform: Online via ICON

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This workshop will focus on the intersection of theory underlying the unique challenges presented by talented students and practice necessary to develop the mathematical talent of gifted students. Participants will develop strategies for assessment and program implementation. (Participants do not need a background in mathematics or math education).

Instructor: Ann Lupkowski Shoplik Ph.D.

Dates & Time: February 19 - March 11, 2019

Platform: Online via ICON

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Analyzing and refining understanding of curriculum in context of: needs of gifted and talented students, rationale for and implementation of curriculum differentiation, and curriculum principles for and applications to gifted and talented; designed for preservice and inservice educators, as well as those interested in curriculum development, design, and delivery.  (3 s.h.)

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: March 11 - May 10, 2019

Platform: Online via ICON

 
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This workshop will apply theoretical principles of curriculum design to the practice of teaching gifted learners in grades K-12. Participants will analyze multiple curriculum models and develop a personal plan for implementing gifted curriculum at the classroom, school, and system levels. (1 s.h.)

Instructor: Gerald Aungst

Dates & Time: March 12 - April 1, 2019

Platform: Online via ICON

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Participants will explore current research to learn to recognize traits and types of perfectionistic behaviors while evaluating the impact of perfectionism on the lives of students both in and out of school. Participants will learn the relationships among perfectionism, procrastination and underachievement and consider the role introversion plays in the psychological mixture. Methods for helping students use their perfectionist tendencies in positive ways will be explored and practical application expressed through projects and activities. (1 s.h.)

Instructor: Kathy Green 

Dates & Time: April 1 - April 19, 2019

Platform: Online via ICON

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