Professional Development

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). As well, classes explore the NAGC Pre-K – Grade 12 Gifted Programming Standards.

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.

The Iowa Board of Regents has allowed the University of Iowa College of Education and the Belin-Blank Center to offer Iowa Licensure Renewal Units (ILRUs). The Board of Educational Examiners requires twelve semester hours of university coursework to earn the Talented and Gifted Endorsement; ILRUs cannot be counted for the initial endorsement, although they can apply to relicensure.

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 students.

Please explore all our offerings for educators under the Educators menu at the top of the page.