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Canada and Oklahoma teachers study at UI's Belin-Blank Center Oct 16-18

IOWA CITY -- A group of 19 middle school teachers from Oklahoma and Calgary, Canada will participate in a three-day workshop on a highly regarded educational program for gifted and talented students Thursday, Oct. 16 to Saturday, Oct. 18 at the University of Iowa.

Teachers sponsored by the Oklahoma School of Science and Math in Oklahoma City and the Science Alberta Foundation in Calgary, Alberta will be guests of The Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the UI College of Education.

The in-service workshop will focus on the Discovery Program, an educational curriculum designed to help gifted and talented middle school students from disadvantaged backgrounds develop their cognitive and creative abilities.

The Discovery Program was created in 1988 by the Society for Excellence through Education of the Israel Arts and Science Academy. Students in the program commit to a three-year course of study that emphasizes the use of small, after-school study groups to augment regular classroom work.

Nicholas Colangelo, director of the Belin-Blank Center, says this is the first time a training session on the Discovery Program has been offered at the UI. Faculty and staff of the Center will lead the sessions for the teachers.

"The Discovery Program has really caught the attention of educators in the international gifted and talented community during the past decade," Colangelo says. "We're really looking forward to the opportunity to discuss the program and issues in gifted education with colleagues from Oklahoma and Calgary."

Established in 1988, the Belin-Blank Center specializes in programming and research to meet the educational needs of exceptionally talented children and their teachers. The Center conducts an extensive roster of talent searches, precollege programs, teacher training workshops and counseling programs.