Workshops in Gifted Education

Psychology of the Gifted Strand:

Programming for the Gifted Strand:

Administration and Supervision of Gifted Programs Strand:

Practicum for Gifted Programs Strand

Practicum requires prior approval before enrollment; contact our professional development team, Haley Wikoff, 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 Haley Wikoff, Graduate Assistant for Professional Development, or Laurie Croft, Associate Director for Professional Development. Contact them at educators@belinblank.org.

FIRST STEP: Visit https://apply.admissions.uiowa.edu/admissions/login.page, and indicate an interest in enrolling as a Continuing 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 workshop will focus on the intersection of theory underlying the unique challenges presented by talented students and practice necessary to develop the mathematical talent of gifted students. Participants will develop strategies for assessment and program implementation. (Participants do not need a background in mathematics or math education).

Instructor: Ann Lupkowski Shoplik Ph.D.

Dates & Time: February 19 - March 11, 2019

Platform: Online via ICON

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This course fulfills the requirement for the “Administrative” strand for the Iowa TAG endorsement and has a professional leadership emphasis.  Experts in the field of gifted education, as well as experienced educators from across the state (and beyond), will present successful practices and significant issues and theories related to serving the varied needs of gifted and talented students.  Conference strands include social-emotional needs of the gifted, gifted programming, and creativity.   (Can be taken for 1 or 2 s.h.)


MUST PARTICIPATE in NAG Conference, Omaha, NE, February 21-22, 2019

  • There is a 50% tuition scholarship for conference participants who enroll in this follow-up course
  • If you have participated in other conferences in gifted education/talent development and want to learn about the possibility of earning credit for that experience, please contact Laurie Croft at laurie-croft@uiowa.edu
  • Enrollment Instructions
     Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

     Dates & Time: February 27 - March 19, 2019

     Platform: Online via ICON


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Problem-Based Learning (PBL) harnesses students' imaginations and opens the door to engagement and meaningful learning.  Using authentic real-world problems and a story-like format, students take an adventure where they learn required content and also develop skill in independent thinking, self-directed learning, and collaboration. This introduction to PBL will focus on the fundamentals, including the ill-structured problem, the problem storyline, the student stakeholder role, and teacher-as-coach. PBL is also perfectly structured to capitalize on gifted students’ love of unanswered questions. We will discuss how to differentiate PBL for gifted students to ensure they encounter advanced content and engage in complex, abstract reasoning. 

The workshop is available March 5 - 25 via ICON. Access to the webinar on February 27, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, is required.  Participation may be live, via the webinar, or via the webinar recording available on the registration page (belinblank.org/webinar). Students should contact Dr. Laurie Croft (laurie-croft@uiowa.edu) for information about registration for this course.  

  • There is a 50% tuition scholarship for conference participants who enroll in this course.

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: March 5 - March 25, 2019

Platform: Online via ICON

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Analyzing and refining understanding of curriculum in context of: needs of gifted and talented students, rationale for and implementation of curriculum differentiation, and curriculum principles for and applications to gifted and talented; designed for preservice and inservice educators, as well as those interested in curriculum development, design, and delivery.  (3 s.h.)

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: March 11 - May 10, 2019

Platform: Online via ICON

 
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This workshop will apply theoretical principles of curriculum design to the practice of teaching gifted learners in grades K-12. Participants will analyze multiple curriculum models and develop a personal plan for implementing gifted curriculum at the classroom, school, and system levels. (1 s.h.)

Instructor: Gerald Aungst

Dates & Time: March 12 - April 1, 2019

Platform: Online via ICON

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Participants will explore current research to learn to recognize traits and types of perfectionistic behaviors while evaluating the impact of perfectionism on the lives of students both in and out of school. Participants will learn the relationships among perfectionism, procrastination and underachievement and consider the role introversion plays in the psychological mixture. Methods for helping students use their perfectionist tendencies in positive ways will be explored and practical application expressed through projects and activities. (1 s.h.)

Instructor: Kathy Green 

Dates & Time: April 1 - April 19, 2019

Platform: Online via ICON

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Effect of ethnicity and culture on development of giftedness; special needs of black, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian gifted students; strategies for identification, programming.  This section focuses on identifying and serving underrepresented students from culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse backgrounds, including students in rural school districts. (1 s.h.)

Attendance is required at the ITAG Spring Workshop - Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

  • There is a 50% tuition scholarship for conference participants who enroll in this course.

Instructor: Laurie Croft, Ph.D.

Dates & Time: April 23 - May 13, 2019

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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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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