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 Haley Wikoff (haley-wikoff@uiowa.edu), Graduate Assistant for Professional Development , or Laurie Croft (laurie-croft@uiowa.edu), Associate Director for Professional Development.

*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.

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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The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to gifted education and talent development, aligned with national standards in knowledge and skills in the field. The course takes advantage of a variety of sources of information and asks participants to apply new understandings and skills in practical ways. Assignments are differentiated for different roles in schools today; participants will develop knowledge and skills essential for successful teaching, counseling, or coordinating gifted/talented programs. (3 s.h.)

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: October 16, 2017 - December 15, 2017

Platform: Online via ICON

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Dr. Susan Assouline will facilitate a pre-conference session before the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association Conference, addressing the general topic of academic acceleration and the specific aspects of both whole-grade and subject-acceleration. Particular attention will focus on the process of making a decision regarding readiness for acceleration with the Iowa Acceleration Scale (3rd Ed.). The decision-making process includes an evaluation of a variety of factors including psychoeducational measures, indicators of social-emotional development, and issues related to the local school environment.

Participants will need the Iowa Acceleration Scale, 3rd Ed. ISBN-10: 0910707928 The IAS may be ordered online from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Great Potential Press (http://www.greatpotentialpress.com/); many AEAs have a copy that could be borrowed for the pre-institute.


Registration for and participation in the pre-conference workshop on academic acceleration before the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association Conference is required:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pre-conference-workshop-on-academic-acceleration-tickets-37100929880.  If attendance is not possible, contact Dr. Laurie Croft (laurie-croft@uiowa.edu) for other options.


Participants may register for one Iowa Licensure Renewal Unit (pending approval by the Board of Educational Examiners).  Additional reading will be required for the ILRU. 


Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: October 19 - November 7th, 2017

Platform: Online via ICON

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This workshop explores ways to develop creative writing skills among gifted/talented students.  Creative writing as story-telling develops both interpersonal and intrapersonal skills; writing as story-telling is also important in generating organizational techniques, connecting fields as diverse as biology, geography, and neurology, heightening awareness of ordinary experiences, and more!  Participants will combine studies on the uses of creative writing in the classroom (JUST in time for NaNoWriMo) with hands-on writing exercises to be able to talk about what works for them, what doesn't, and how particular learning styles of gifted students may be best served by varied approaches. 

     Instructor: Gwen Livingston Pakora, M.A.

     Dates & Time: October 23 - November 10, 2017

     Plateform: 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.).  Download the registration form.

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: October 23, 2017 - December 8, 2017

Platform: Online via ICON

Prerequisites: Requires participation in ITAG October 15-17 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.).  Download the registration form.  Learn more about receiving Iowa Licensure Renewal Units (ILRU) for this course.  Reminder, in order to earn a State of Iowa TAG Endorsement, you will need to earn academic credit for any coursework.  ILRUs credits will not count toward your TAG Endorsement.

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: October 23, 2017 - November 10, 2017

Platform: Online via ICON

UI Credit Syllabus

ILRU Syllabus

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Program options for K-12 gifted students; student abilities and needs linked with various curricula; case studies, school materials.  Meeting the needs of students through differentiation and engagement; going beyond worksheets.

Instructor: Debbie Judge, M.A.

Dates & Time: November 13 - December 5 (participants are not expected to work on the University of Iowa Thanksgiving holiday November 23-24)

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 16 - December 8, 2017

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 27, 2017 - January 12, 2018

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 Shoplik, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: February 20, 2018 - March 12, 2018

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 19, 2018 - May 11, 2018

Platform: Online via ICON

 
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This class will focus on an analysis of Giftedness 101  by Linda Silverman. What IS giftedness? Exploring common myths and misunderstandings, this book helps participants understand the meaning of giftedness and the importance of well-articulated programs to support these students, going beyond the general education experience. (2 s.h.)

Instructor: Gwen Livingstone Pakora, M.A.

Dates & Time: March 19, 2018 - May 07, 2018

Platform: Online via ICON

 
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