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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This class will explore Teaching Outside the Lines: Developing Creativity in Every Learner by Doug Johnson. Designed for teachers or future teachers interested in the State of Iowa Talented and Gifted Endorsement, the class will consider definitions of creativity, as well as ways to encourage creativity in the classroom. (1 s.h.)

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: May 15 - June 4, 2018

Platform: Online via ICON

 

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This class focuses on the processes involved in guiding students’ investigations.  Topics include formulating a problem statement, connecting students to appropriate skills and methods for carrying out the research, and helping students design projects that effectively communicated finding to an authentic audience. (1 s.h.)

Instructor: Lora Duffy Danker

Dates & Time: June 11 - June 29, 2018

Platform: Online via ICON

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Educators often encourage participation in competitions in- or outside of the classroom as a means to develop and enhance the academic, creative, and leadership talents and abilities of gifted students.  Researchers suggest that there are both advantages and disadvantages to the participation in competitions; with the right tools and a good roadmap, the experience can be exciting and memorable for you and your students.  (1 s.h.)

Instructor: Jenelle Miller

Dates & Time: June 18 - July 9, 2018

Platform: Online via ICON

 

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The use of technology can help teachers more effectively meet the needs of gifted students. This class focuses on technology strategies to differentiate programming for high-ability learners, as well as strategies to enhance students' learning and products.  Participants will become familiar with various Web 2.0 tools. (1 s.h.)

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D

Team Teacher: Anna Payne

Dates & Time: June 25 - July 16, 2018

Platform: Online via ICON


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The Advanced Placement Teacher Training Institute provides an intensive experience in developing and teaching an AP courses. Teachers receive an overview of the AP Program and prepare syllabi, lesson plans, and classroom materials applicable to an AP class in their subject area. (2 s.h.)

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: July 2 - July 23, 2018

Platform: Online via ICON

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High-ability secondary students need differentiation rooted in the content area under study. Advanced Placement is reviewed as one option for gifted secondary students; alternatives from dual enrollment to mentoring and Open Courseware are explored. Options link student abilities/needs to curriculum applications. (1 s.h.)

Instructor: Kristine Milburn, Ed.D.

Dates & Time: July 9 - 27, 2018

Platform: Online via ICON

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This class focuses on identifying the needs of gifted youth, as well as on teaching interventions appropriate for gifted children and adolescents.  The needs of twice-exceptional youth are emphasized.  (1 s.h.)

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua series.  The class will meet face-to-face from 9:00 - 4:00 on July 9th  & 10th in BHC 610.  The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON. 

Instructor: Megan Foley-Nicpon, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: July 9 - July 27, 2018 

Platform: Face-to-face and Online via ICON

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This workshop will focus on the intersection of the unique challenges presented by talented students and the challenges of designing, implementing, and assessing quality inquiry-based instruction. Participants do not need a background in science or science education. (1 s.h.)

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua series.  The class will meet face-to-face from 9:00 - 4:00 on July 11th & 12th in BHC 610.  The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON. 

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: July 11 - July 31, 2018

Platform: Face-to-face and Online via ICON

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This workshop focuses on the many facets of coordinating a gifted and talented program. Participants will examine topics that align with best practices and real issues to include standard-based recommendations, meeting state requirements, and curriculum and instructional programming strategies. Unique situations that rely on problem solving and creative solutions will also be discussed. (1 s.h.)

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua series.  The class will meet face-to-face from 9:00 - 4:00 on July 13th & 14th in BHC 610.  The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON. 

Instructor: Nancy Grimes, M.A.

Dates & Time: July 13 - August  2nd, 2018

Platform: Face-to-face and online via ICON

 
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Neurology of behavior and neurodegenerative disease; the psychology of learning and memory, its application to gifted education.  (1 s.h.)

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua series.  The class will meet face-to-face from 9:00 - 4:00 on July 16th & 17th in BHC 610.  The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON. 

Instructor: Jose Assounline, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: July 16 - August 3, 2018

Platform: Face-to-Face and online via ICON

 

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This class explores the impact of ethnicity and culture on the development of giftedness.  The special needs of African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian American gifted students are discussed, and strategies for identification and programming are suggested. (1 s.h.)

     Instructor: Antonia Szymanski, Ph.D.  

     Dates & Time: July 16 - August 3, 2018 

     Platform: Online via ICON
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This workshop will focus on the intersection of the unique challenges presented by talented students and the challenges of designing, implementing, and assessing quality inquiry-based instruction. Participants do not need a background in social studies or social studies education. (1 s.h.)

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua series.  The class will meet face-to-face from 9:00 - 4:00 on July 18th  & 19th in BHC 610.  The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON. 

Instructors: Jerry Croft, Ed.S. and Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: July 18 - August 7, 2018

Platform: Face-to-face and online via ICON

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This workshop focuses on the need for an effective evaluation plan with both formative and summative components, and provides the fundamentals of system-wide program evaluation essential for exemplary gifted programs. (1 s.h.)

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua series.  The class will meet face-to-face from 9:00 - 4:00 on July 20th & 21st in BHC 610.  The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON. 

Instructor: Mary Schmidt, M.A.

Dates & Time: July 20 - August 9, 2018

Platform: Face-to-Face and 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: July 23 - August 12, 2018

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: August 20 - October 15, 2018

Platform: Online via ICON

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This course will explore theories of learning, child development and motivation. Issues unique to the field of giftedness will be explored via lecture and small group discussion. (3 s.h.)

Instructor: Antonia Szymanski, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: August 20 - December 14, 2018

Platform: Online via ICON


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