Workshops in Gifted Education

Psychology of the Gifted Strand:

Programming for the Gifted Strand:

Administration and Supervision of Gifted Programs Strand:

Special Strand:

Practicum for Gifted Programs Strand

Practicum requires prior approval before enrollment; contact our professional development team, Jose Miranda-Barrera, Graduate Assistant for Professional Development and Laurie Croft, Associate Director for Professional Development at educators@belinblank.org.

*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 Jose Miranda-Barrera, Graduate Assistant for Professional Development, or Laurie Croft, Associate Director for Professional Development. Contact them at educators@belinblank.org.

FIRST STEP: Visit https://distance.uiowa.edu/students/distance-and-online-nondegree, and indicate an interest in enrolling as a Distance and Online 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 14 - June 3, 2019

Platform: Online via ICON

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This course will help educators align English Language Arts Common Core State Standards with classroom activities and assessments, while differentiating the classroom for high achieving students. 

Instructor: Gwen Livingstone-Pokora

Dates & Time: May 28 - June 17, 2019

Platform: Online via ICON

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This class focuses on strategies to develop leadership skills among gifted and talented students, K - 12. (1 sh)

Instructor:  Elizabeth (Fitzgerald) Maloney, Ed.D.

Dates & Time: June 5 - June 25, 2019

Platform: Online via ICON

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Acceleration as an effective curricular intervention for high-ability students; forms of acceleration, research evidence for acceleration, and process of implementing acceleration; reasons for persistent negative attitudes about acceleration; advocation for acceleration; skills for effective practice and implementation. Academic acceleration is the least-utilized yet most effective curricular intervention for gifted and high-ability students. Learn about the research evidence supporting acceleration and how to implement acceleration using well-established tools and procedures. Discover how to identify students who would benefit from acceleration. Explore attitudes and preconceptions about acceleration and learn how to advocate for appropriate policies in local schools. (3 s.h. - this course counts 1 s.h. toward the Psychology, Programming, and Administration strands of the TAG Endorsement)

Instructor: Ann Shoplik, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: June 10 - August 1, 2019

Platform: Online via ICON

 
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This workshop explores psychological aspects of giftedness and strategies that support the successful development of the gifted. Topics include socio-emotional concerns, career development, learning styles, and attitudes toward education and achievement. Strategies for guidance and advocacy are explored. (1 s.h.)

Instructor: Susannah Wood, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: June 17 - July 8, 2019

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 1 - July 22, 2019

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 8 - 26, 2019

Platform: Online via ICON

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When we hear the word “design” we imagine something visual, perhaps an object, created by a singular artist – the designer. Actually, design is at the heart of the way we live and work, and good design is how we succeed. In this workshop participants are introduced to repeatable design principles of innovation and creativity. Think of these as distinctive lenses by which to examine your budding ideas; a designer’s approach aimed at empowering each of us to action.  Noted designer Bruce Mau advocates that, “The fundamental idea of design is to make the world a better place.” Design is how we change things. So, what would you like to change? This course is designed to help you make changes, as well as share this perspective and process with your high-ability learners.

Instructor: David Gould, M.A.

Dates & Time: July 8 - July 26, 2019

Platform: Face-to-face and Online via ICON

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua 1 series.  The class will meet face-to-face from 9:00 - 4:00 on July 8th & 9th in BHC 610.  The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON. 


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This class is designed to develop an awareness of the factors involved in teaching thinking skills as a total concept critical for lifelong learning.  The relationship between critical and creative thinking is examined and published programs are reviewed.  (1 sh)

Instructor:  Debra Judge, M.A.

Dates & Time: July 10 - July 30, 2019

Platform: Face-to-face and Online via ICON

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua 1 series.  The class will meet face-to-face from 9:00 - 4:00 on July 10th & 11th in BHC 610.  The remainder of the course requirements will be completed 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 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 Livingstone-Pokora

Dates & Time: July 12 - August 1, 2019

Platform: Face-to-face and Online via ICON

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua 1 series.  The class will meet face-to-face from 9:00 - 4:00 on July 12th & 13th in BHC 610.  The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON. 

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This workshop provides an overview of the theories underpinning contemporary definitions of creativity.  Participants will learn about instruments that were developed to measure creativity, as well as explore activities in the school environment that enhance or inhibit student creativity.

Instructor: Clar Baldus, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: July 15 - August 2, 2019

Platform: Face-to-face and Online via ICON

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua 2 series.  The class will meet face-to-face from 9:00 - 4:00 on July 15th & 16th in BHC 610.  The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON. 

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One of the ways adults can help gifted students to deal with the challenges of growing up is through bibliotherapy. In the workshop, we will discuss various aspects of bibliotherapy as well as basic guidelines for selecting appropriate materials to help gifted students grow emotionally and socially.  Videotherapy is also considered. 

Instructor: Kristine Milburn, Ed.D.

Dates & Time: July 17 - August 6, 2019

Platform: Face-to-face and Online via ICON

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua 2 series.  The class will meet face-to-face from 9:00 - 4:00 on July 17th & 18th in BHC 610.  The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON. 

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This workshop focuses on developing student leadership through a school’s existing K–12 curriculum.

Instructor: Mary Schmidt, M.A.

Dates & Time: July 19 - August 8, 2019

Platform: Face-to-face and Online via ICON

This workshop is part of our Chautauqua 2 series.  The class will meet face-to-face from 9:00 - 4:00 on July 19th  & 20th in BHC 610.  The remainder of the course requirements will be completed via ICON. 

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This course will help educators align Common Core State Standards in Mathematics with classroom activities and assessments, while differentiating the classroom for high-ability students.  Participants do NOT need a background in mathematics.

Instructor: Anna Payne, M.A.

Dates & Time: July 17 - August 6, 2019

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.) Depending on your readings, may apply to any strand.

Instructor: Kimberley Chandler, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: July 29 - August 16, 2019

Platform: Online via ICON

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This course will explore family dynamics and issues that arise when one or more children are identified as gifted. Issues related to the child, his/her relationships with parents and siblings, as well as school and family relationships will be discussed.  Just in time to plan for the upcoming academic year.

Instructor: Kimberley Chandler, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: August 7 - 27, 2019

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 26 - October 21, 2019

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 26 - December 20, 2018

Platform: Online via ICON


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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.). 

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: October 21 - November 9, 2019

Platform: Online via ICON


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Students review conceptions of talent development and explore possibilities for appropriate programming in specific fields across various stages in life; traditional opportunities in gifted education programs; stages of development in early childhood; development of knowledge and skills in addition to and beyond organized educational programs.  (3 s.h. total- 2 s.h. apply to the Psychology Strand and 1 s.h. applies to the Programming Strand)

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: October 21 - December 20th, 2019

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 14 - December 6, 2019

Platform: Online via ICON

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