Professional Development has been a core program for the Belin-Blank Center since
the Center was founded in 1988. In fact, professional development programs for gifted
and talented students were first started at the UI in 1981. We are pleased to offer
you a wide variety of different workshops/courses. Each corresponds to one of the
educational strands necessary for the
Iowa Talented and Gifted Endorsement and will
help you develop your expertise in the new
NAGC-CEC Teacher Preparation Standards
in Gifted and Talented Education (pdf).
You can take full advantage of the professional development opportunities through
face-to-face and online classes. If you and your colleagues would like to arrange
a credit option at your site, please let us know—the Associate Director for professional
development, Dr. Laurie Croft, will be happy to work with you to make local professional
development options a reality.
All of us at the Belin-Blank Center are dedicated to providing you with information
and opportunities that will enhance your work with gifted students. Please encourage
your colleagues both within and outside the field of gifted education to consider
our courses. Our classes and workshops provide research-based information for understanding
gifted learners and developing appropriate programming.
As always, thank you for your interest in and support of the Belin-Blank Center.
Most of all, thank you for your commitment to the talent development of high-ability
Please explore all our offerings for educators under the Educators menu at the top of the page.