CONTACT: SCOTT HAUSER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Iowa junior high school children study leadership in select UI program
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A group of 40 Iowa junior high and middle school
students will spend two weeks at the University of Iowa learning how to
be leaders as part of a select program for gifted and talented students
The students will be attending the Iowa Governor's Summer Institute
for the Gifted and Talented (IGI), conducted by the Connie Belin and Jacqueline
N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development
of the UI College of Education.
For the first time in the program's history, students will explore what
it means to be a leader, how they can develop leadership skills and other
issues surrounding leadership. The program is designed to provide exceptionally
talented students with an intensive and advanced educational experience
to enhance intellectual and social growth.
As part of their application for the Governor's Institute, students
had to submit essays describing what leadership means to them and had to
be nominated by members of their schools and their communities.
Nicholas Colangelo, director of the Belin-Blank Center, says attributes
such as leadership are often overlooked when it comes to traditional definitions
of "gifted and talented" students.
"There are a lot of ways to be gifted," Colangelo says. "And
a lot of them can't be measured on a paper and pencil test. Leadership
is one of those qualities that we recognize as an important part of future
success for children and for society, but children don't often get a chance
to focus their intellectual energy on developing their leadership skills."
All Iowa seventh- and eighth-graders enrolled in public or approved
private junior high and middle schools are eligible to participate in IGI.
Participants are chosen by a committee of UI faculty, Iowa educators, and
Each student receives a Governor's Scholarship to cover the cost of
Editors: Contact Jan Warren, precollege program coordinator, at (319)
335-6148, to arrange interviews or to pursue photo possibilities with students
attending the Belin-Blank Center's summer programs.