Middle Grades

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Gifted Ed 101: How Does Above-Level Testing Fit In?

Friday, November 10
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 202 A

Are you new to gifted education and looking for information about best practices? Have you been a gifted teacher for years and are looking for ways to jump-start your program? This session provides: (a) information on how above-level testing works to discover talent, and (b) specific tools and steps to identify and tailor curriculum for academically talented 4th – 9th graders. We have modernized above-level testing with an online assessment administered during the school day at local schools. Learn how you can use this and similar tools to determine your students’ abilities and to connect students with rigorous educational programs in a systematic way.

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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Emily Ladendorf

Administrator, Technology and PR
Belin-Blank Center

Emily Ladendorf is the Administrator for Technology and Public Relations at the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa. She works with both parents interested in having their children tested independently and teachers who hold their own local testing dates. She also develops and maintains websites for the Center and works on events like the Wallace Research Symposium.

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Ashlee L. Van Fleet

Administrator for Curriculum and Instruction
University of Iowa

Ashlee Van Fleet, M.A.T. is the Administrator for Curriculum and Instruction at the Belin Blank Center at the University of Iowa. She is coordinator of various student programs administered by the Belin Blank Center including Blast, and Invent Iowa. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Iowa in 2013.

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