CONTACT: SCOTT HAUSER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
UI's Belin-Blank Center hosts national conference on gifted education
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A panel of nationally known scholars in the field
of gifted education will be the guest speakers for a two-day conference
on the education of high ability students and how K-12 schools can better
respond to their needs during the first Gifted Education Policy Institute
Thursday, Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct. 23 at the University of Iowa.
The First Biennial H.B. and Jocelyn Wallace National Policy Conference,
sponsored by the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center
for Gifted Education and Talent Development in the UI College of Education,
will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Iowa Memorial Union.
Speakers will address the current and future policies affecting gifted
education in the United States.
The session will be followed on Friday, Oct. 23 with "School Reform:
Policy and Curriculum Issues in Gifted Education," beginning at 8
a.m. The Friday conference, co-sponsored by the Institute for School Executives,
will also feature several prominent Iowa educators and administrators discussing
the role of gifted education in K-12 schools.
The sessions are open to the public, but require advanced registration.
The cost is $140 to attend both days. Prices for single day attendance
Sessions qualify for continuing education credits, but additional registration
and a $5 fee is required.
Nicholas Colangelo, director of the Belin-Blank Center, says the two-day
session is a rare opportunity for teachers, administrators, scholars and
students to discuss both the latest research in gifted education and to
explore how it applies to school settings.
"The presenters for the conference are some of the top people in
the field of gifted education and can provide a picture of what a national
policy should be," Colangelo says. "We hope to make a meaningful,
substantive contribution to the ongoing discussion of how gifted education
and high ability students fit into the larger education policy picture."
Invited speakers for the Wallace conference include: James Gallagher
of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Peter Rosenstein of
the National Association for Gifted Children, Patricia O'Connell Ross of
the U.S. Department of Education; Rena Subotnik of Hunter College; and
Joyce VanTassel-Baska of the College of William and Mary.
Invited speakers for the school reform conference include Gallagher
and VanTassel-Baska of the Wallace conference and Robert Steele of Area
Education Agency 14; Galen Johnson of Des Moines Community Schools; James
Spelhaug of Pleasant Valley Community Schools; Wendy Kirkpatrick of Urbandale
Community Schools; and Arlis Swartzendruber of Waterloo Community Schools.
For more information, contact the Belin-Blank Center, 210 Lindquist
Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1529; phone: (319) 335-6148
or 1-800-336-6463; fax: (319) 335-5151; or visit the website: http://www.uiowa.edu/~belinctr