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School-Wide Talent Identification: Empowering Teachers to Develop Potential

Saturday, November 11
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: 201 A

How can you discover and develop your students’ domain-specific talents and get other educators to care about it, too? Gifted and content-specific teachers in rural schools created a community that changed school culture to challenge all students. These teachers participated in STEM Excellence and Leadership, a school-based program sponsored by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Educators conducted an in-school talent search by administering an above-level test, using results to place students in an extracurricular math/science program. Schools used the data for program placement, and content-specific teachers used it to inform daily instruction. They became advocates along with gifted teachers for issues of acceleration and talent identification within their schools.

Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

Administrator, Acceleration Institute & Research
Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development

Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Ph.D. is the Administrator for the Acceleration Institute and Research at the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa (www.accelerationinstitute.org). She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University and then completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship with the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth at Johns Hopkins University. She was an Assistant Professor and Director of the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth at the University of North Texas from 1989 to 1991 and the founder and Director of the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Talented Elementary Students (C-MITES) at Carnegie Mellon University from 1992-2014. Her research interests include acceleration of gifted students and identifying mathematically talented students younger than age 12 and studying their characteristics and academic needs. She has published many articles on gifted education in scholarly journals. Together with Dr. Susan Assouline, she wrote Jane and Johnny Love Math: Recognizing and Encouraging Mathematical Talent in Elementary Students and Developing Mathematical Talent: A Guide for Challenging and Educating Gifted Students. She is also a co-author of the Iowa Acceleration Scale with Susan Assouline, Nicholas Colangelo, Jonathan Lipscomb, and Leslie Forstadt. Additionally, she is co-editor of the 2015 report, A Nation Empowered: Evidence Trumps the Excuses Holding Back America's Brightest Students, Vol. 2, with Susan Assouline, Nicholas Colangelo, and Joyce VanTassel-Baska.

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Lori M. Ihrig

Supervisor for Curriculum and Instruction
Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, University of Iowa

Lori Ihrig graduated with a B.S. in Science Education from the University of Iowa and taught grades 7–12 science for the Williamsburg Community School District. During this time she also worked with the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, teaching for the Junior Scholars Institute and the Weekend Institute for Gifted Students. She earned her MS in Science Education from the University of Iowa in 2002. In 2007, she began working at ACT, Inc. writing science curriculum and facilitating science teacher professional development for Quality Core, a project that was a partnership between ACT, the Gates Foundation, and the National Governors Association. In 2014, she earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Iowa State University with an emphasis in Science Education. Her doctoral emphases were highly effective science teacher education and the implementation of reforms-based science instruction by novice science teachers. Lori is an active member of many professional organizations including the Iowa Science Teachers Section of the Iowa Academy of Science, National Science Teachers Association, Association for Science Teacher Education, and National Association for Research in Science Teaching. She has authored articles for science teachers, been a member of multiple curriculum writing teams, reviewed science books for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and won awards for her teaching and research. Lori is currently a Supervisor for Curriculum and Instruction at the Belin-Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. In addition to overseeing development for the Center’s pre-college student programs throughout the year, she is the lead administrator for the Secondary Student Training Program, program director for the STEM Excellence and Leadership program, and oversees the Blast, Challenge Saturdays, Invent Iowa, and Weekend Institute for Gifted Students programs. Her research interests include academic talent-development in high-ability rural students.

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Susan Assouline

Professor and Director
University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center

Susan G. Assouline is the director of the Belin-Blank Center, she has a faculty appointment as professor of school psychology, and holds the Myron and Jacqueline Blank Endowed Chair in Gifted Education. She was awarded a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY) at Johns Hopkins University and upon completion joined the Belin-Blank Center staff in 1990. She is especially interested in identification of academic talent in elementary students and is co-author of both editions of Developing Math Talent: A Comprehensive Guide to Math Education for Gifted Students in Elementary and Middle School. As well, she is co-developer of the Iowa Acceleration Scale, a tool designed to guide educators and parents through decisions about grade-skipping students. She is a leading expert on the decision-making process for acceleration and has consulted on several hundred acceleration cases. She has conducted numerous workshops for parents and teachers on acceleration, development of mathematical talent, and twice-exceptional students. Most recently, she led the editorial and writing teams for A Natoin Empowered: Evidence Trumps the Excuses Holding Back America's Brightest Students, the update to the watershed puboication, A Nation Deceived. She is the 2016 recipient of the NAGC Distinguished Scholar Award.

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