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Des Moines talented and gifted students attend summer program at
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A group of talented and gifted eighth-graders from
Des Moines will begin a three-week on-campus program Sunday, June 8 at
the University of Iowa as part of a unique effort to help minority and
economically disadvantaged students learn some of the academic skills they'll
need for college-level work.
Students in the Iowa Talent Project, sponsored by the Connie Belin and
Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent
Development, will be on campus June 8-27. The class begins June 9.
The program is the first of several summer efforts sponsored by the
Belin-Blank Center. More than 700 students from Iowa and across the nation
annually participate in the Belin-Blank Center's summer programs.
The Iowa Talent Project began in 1993 as a partnership between the Belin-Blank
Center and the Des Moines Community School District as a way to provide
gifted students in underrepresented groups with enhanced educational programming.
Nicholas Colangelo, director of the Belin-Blank Center, says the program
has been very successful in reaching a group of talented students at an
important juncture of their academic careers.
"These are very able students who, for a variety of reasons, often
don't get the academic support that many other students take for granted,"
Colangelo says. "The goal of the Iowa Talent Project is to get these
students thinking about education in an exciting, challenging way and to
help them see that they can be academically successful."
Between 10 and 15 students annually attend the Iowa Talent Project.
Students are selected by the Des Moines school district on the basis of
their academic histories and educational commitment. During the academic
year, ITP students attend classes through the gifted and talented program
at Central Academy in Des Moines.
While on campus, ITP students will take a rigorous academic program
that focuses on improving writing and study skills, two of the key ingredients
for future high school and post-secondary success.
Editors: Media interested in arranging interviews or in pursuing photo
possibilities with students attending summer programs at the Belin-Blank
Center should contact Jan Warren, precollege program coordinator at the
Belin-Blank Center, at (319) 335-6148. Warren oversees the schedules for
each group of students.