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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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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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: Kimberley Chandler, 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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Dr. Sally Beisser, Distinguished Professor of Education at Drake University, will facilitate a pre-conference session before the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association Conference (Sunday, October 13, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.), focusing on identifying young gifted learners. Particular attention will emphasize the use of dynamic assessment through observation. The credit option will build on the pre-conference session, providing readings about identifying and serving young gifted learners, as mandated in the State of Iowa.


Registration for and participation in the pre-conference workshop on the Young Gifted Child before the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association Conference is required:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-pre-conference-workshop-with-dr-sally-beisser-tickets-64452495148.  If attendance is not possible, contact Dr. Laurie Croft (laurie-croft@uiowa.edu) for other options.


Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: October 21 - November 8, 2019

Platform: Online via ICON

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"TAG: You're It" provides teachers new to gifted education an opportunity to attend the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association Conference in October and apply their learning to better support the gifted learners in their districts. In addition to reflecting on presentations from national and state leaders in the field, "TAG: You're It" provides articles for discussion, and the opportunity to review gifted programs in the context of best practices for gifted and talented students. (2 s.h.).  

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: October 21 - December 13, 2019

Platform: Online via ICON

Prerequisites: Must register for and attend Iowa Talented and Gifted Association Conference (http://iowatag.org)  October 13-15, 2019 in Des Moines, IA

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Effective Curriculum for Underserved Gifted Students, reviewing the book by the same name, helps educators better understand essential elements of curriculum design and delivery for gifted students.  Importantly, at a time when gifted programs are attempting to identify traditionally underserved students, the class will explain the need for a differentiated curriculum for typically underrepresented students, including children of poverty and those who are from culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Students will develop confidence in using practical, evidence-based strategies with high-ability learners. (1 s.h.)

Instructor: Kimberley Chandler, Ph.D.

Dates: September 10 - 30, 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 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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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, Ed.D.

Dates: November 12 - December 4, 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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