Webinars

Identifying and Serving Gifted, Advanced, and High-Ability Hispanic/Latino Students: Moving the Cause Forward

February 2, 2017 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Central Standard Time

Dr. Jaime Castellano

This Webinar will focus on identifying and serving this unique, intra-ethnically diverse group of students. Implications, recommendations, and practices for learning, teaching, and leading will be shared. When programs, services, and advocacy are part of a dynamic infrastructure designed to meet the needs of our best and brightest Hispanic/Latino students, opportunities for experiencing success know no boundaries.

Participants register ONE computer for the webinar, allowing multiple participants to access the session. If the date or time isn’t convenient, participants may choose the DVD option.

Cost: $45 for registration for either the Webinar or the DVD; $55 for registration for BOTH the Webinar and the DVD.



To purchase a DVD copy of a previous webinar please contact the Belin-Blank Center at belinblank@uiowa.edu.

Previous Webinar DVDs Available through the Belin-Blank Center

The commonly used term for gifted students who also have disabilities is “twice-exceptional,” a simple phrase that does little to suggest the complexities in meeting the needs of twice-exceptional (2e) learners. Participants will explore ways of better understanding and meeting the needs of 2e students, including developing academic strengths and facilitating social-emotional growth.

Presenters include:

  • Alissa Doobay, Supervisor, Psychological Services, Assessment and Counseling Clinic, Belin-Blank Center
  • Joy Goins, Staff Psychologist, Assessment and Counseling Clinic, Belin-Blank Center
  • Megan Foley-Nicpon, Associate Director for Research and Clinic, Belin-Blank Center, and Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology Program
  • Susan Assouline, Director, Belin-Blank Center, and Myron & Jacqueline Blank Professor of Gifted Education

The National Association for Gifted Children has provided national standards for Pre-K through Grade 12 Programming Standards in Gifted Education. Standard 2, Assessment, notes that "Students with gifts and talents demonstrate advanced and complex learning as a result of using multiple, appropriate, and ongoing assessments." Pre-, formative, and post-assessments are all important when providing appropriate programming for high-ability learners, but as Rick Wormeli has noted: "Differentiated instruction is a nice idea, but what happens when it comes to assessing and grading students? What's both fair and leads to real student learning?" Following the Webinar, those who enroll in the workshop will focus on readings from Wormeli's book, Fair Isn't Always Equal (required for workshop).

A Nation Deceived, the two-volume publication that explored the strong research basis supporting the acceleration of gifted and talented learners, is ten years old! Updates to the research are available in the new publication, A Nation Empowered, due out in 2015. The workshop reviews new findings, as well as helping participants develop appropriate policy for their schools, districts, and/or states.

Dr. Volker Thomas
April 1, 6:30 - 7:30PM
“Gifted children have gifted parents!” This statement implies the giftedness is embedded in family dynamics. This webinar will explore a) how family interactions are related to giftedness; b) give an overview of methods that explore these interactions; and c) give suggestions how counselors and educators can effectively work with families of gifted children.

Counseling is considered an integral part of educating the gifted child. This webinar session will a) provide a historical overview of counseling the gifted; b) highlight 10 major areas of research related to counseling the gifted individual; and c) apply these findings via recommendations for practice for counselors, teachers and other educators.

The Iowa Acceleration Scale (IAS) has been successfully used by educators and administrators throughout the country since 1998 to objectively determine if a student would benefit from whole-grade acceleration. The IAS guides a child study team (including educators, teachers, parents, and other professionals) through a discussion of the academic and social characteristics of the student.

Nicholas Colangelo Support for gifted and talented programs and services has not been consistent throughout history in the United States. One of the challenges is the continuous sense of anti-intellectualism, even though that same hostility is rarely apparent toward those who excel in sports, dance, art, or music. Additional challenges have included a belief that gifted programs are "elitist," and that talented learners will "make it on their own."

Dr. David Lohman The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a K-12 group-administered instrument designed to assess students’ abilities in reasoning and problem solving using verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal symbols. The Webinar will provide an opportunity to explore the use of the CogAT (new Form 7) for the identification of gifted students, including traditionally underrepresented students. Participation will provide opportunities to better understand identification issues in general, and the benefits of including the CogAT as one option among multiple measures, in particular.

Kimberly Chandler, Ph.D.Kimberly Chandler, Ph.D., is the Director of Curriculum at the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary. Dr. Chandler completed her Master’s degree in gifted education and her Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership with an emphasis in gifted education at the College of William and Mary. Her professional background includes teaching gifted students in a variety of settings, serving as an administrator of a school district gifted program, providing professional development training for teachers and administrators, and leading academic review teams for the Virginia Department of Education. She has also taught gifted education endorsement courses for The College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia. She has conducted workshops on a variety of topics for parents, teachers, and administrators in numerous states and internationally. Dr. Chandler is the past chair of the NAGC Early Childhood Network.