The Centre for Talented Youth Ireland is a provider of enrichment courses for academically able students, on Saturdays during the school year, and for several weeks, over a number of sessions during the summer. A number of these for older participants, are also residential. It also provides a selection of University style courses for students of all ages and abilities, who wish to enjoy this experience.
The Centre for Talented Youth Ireland is holding a number of public meetings and the dates for these so far can be found below:
Dublin: Thursday 11th October at 8pm in the nursing building at DCU.
Cork: Friday 12th October at 8pm in the River Lee hotel.
No registration required, and all who are interested may attend. Further dates will be posted as they are become known
‘A Tapestry of Talent’
(by Leslie S. Graves, 2005)
Woven colours blue and gold, there a thread, here a rose
Treasures found amongst their souls,
The souls of Gifted children’
Some may paint and some may play, music in
A special way
Some may read and some may write
With extraordinary might
‘Among the beauty in their lives, sorrow many
Waiting, throughout the years a sign
For a weaver with understanding
Someone to weave their many strands, and
Their colours through, creating from intensive hues
An opened flower blossoms
‘On Giftedness and the Gathering- our kite is flying…. ‘
Well, our week is almost over, except for the last few entries which will come in today. We spanned a globe, and crossed many time zones, and came together in celebration.
Abit like magic, a bit like hope, we each held out our hand, and took hold of the rope. We tied our bows, blue, green or gold, with words of wisdom, and strength to cope.
We came together, one and all, each bringing talents that on their own,would add something special.
However if they come, gathering together, and working strong, a magic happens. Leading from behind, transforming lives, Group Gifteness arrives…
Many hands helping this kite fly high….. can you feel it? So can I!!
by Leslie S. Graves 2012
Giftedness and Professional Development, a Story from the Belin Blank International Center for Gifted Education- University of Iowa
An esteemed friend and colleague Laurie Croft , PHD, is the Administrator of Professional Development at the Belin Blank International Center for Gifted Education at the University of Iowa for the International Week of the Gifted #IWG12 she shares a story of just one of their programs and /or opportunities for teachers to take part in Gifted specific Professional Development. Many of these programs welcome international participants with open arms.
The Belin-Blank Fellowship
Since 1980, the Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank Fellowship Program in Gifted Education has provided educators with knowledge and skills to better support the academic and socioaffective needs of gifted students. Participants live on the University of Iowa campus and learn more about gifted and talented children (and often more about themselves, in the process). As well, they begin to understand more about appropriate interventions for talent development, including the importance of above-level assessment and acceleration. The Fellowship provides an intensive and collaborative professional learning experience, enabling participants to become leaders of gifted education in their settings. Fellows also develop friendships with colleagues who share their interests and commitment to supporting high-ability learners.
During the last week of June, 2010, a diverse group attended the Fellowship Program—what one Fellow called “a marvelous week!” The 9 women and 2 men came from varied backgrounds. While several of the participants came from Iowa cities and towns, others came from Washington, D.C., from Tennessee, and from India. The Fellows included teachers (elementary, middle-school, and secondary), an Area Education Agency staff member, an elementary school counselor, and married professionals from India who have established a non-governmental organization (NGO) to support profoundly gifted children in their country. Many of the teachers applied to the Fellowship hoping to learn more about challenging gifted learners in their classrooms; some are already committed to earning the State of Iowa Endorsement in Talented and Gifted Education (http://www.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank/Educators/Endorsement/Default.aspx). Several of the participants are also parents of talented learners, and they understand the vital need for differentiated services for children who are far more advanced than others the same age.
The Fellowship Program provides extensive opportunities for professional learning. Experts in the field, including Professors Nicholas Colangelo, Susan Assouline, and Susannah Wood, engaged the Fellows in topics as varied as the social-emotional development of asynchronous learners, acceleration, and twice-exceptionality. Fellows participated in thoughtful, reflective discussions, expanding their understanding of the diversity within this population, as well as experiencing and sharing strategies and tools for facilitating learning. Participants analyzed the movie, Finding Forrester, particularly focusing on the cultural and socioeconomic issues portrayed in the film. In addition to class time with Dr. Laurie Croft, Fellows visited student programs, observing the energy and enthusiasm of learners in a homogenous setting; as well, they spent a morning with one of the professional development workshops scheduled every summer, learning more about curriculum compacting. Participants developed a sense of the committed community of those dedicated to nurturing talented learners. This community, and the knowledge gained through the Fellowship, will follow the participants as they return to their roles in their communities.
Finally, in the event that there may be an interest in finding out a little more about this or other professional development programs for those interested in providing for gifted and talented students, I offer the two links below:
Applications for the 2013 Fellowship, the 33rd anniversary of the program, will be available online in January 2013. More information is available at http://www.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank/Educators/Fellowship/Default.aspx.
More information about ongoing professional learning experiences is available at http://www.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank/Educators/Courses/Schedule.aspx