CONTACT: SCOTT HAUSER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Scholars in gifted and talented education gather at UI May 21-23
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Some of the leading scholars and teachers in gifted
and talented education will be discussing the latest research and trends
in the field during a three-day conference at the University of Iowa from
Thursday, May 21 through Saturday, May 23.
The fourth biennial Henry B. and Jocelyn Wallace National Research Symposium
on Talent Development is sponsored by the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N.
Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development.
The conference features more than 60 addresses, presentations, and panel
discussions on issues and topics by national and international scholars
in gifted education, including the role of genetics, race and gender, testing,
The symposium is open to the public, but requires a registration fee
Sessions begin with registration at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 21. All sessions
will be in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus.
"The symposium brings together the research leaders in the field
of gifted and talented education and focuses on new knowledge and future
directions," says Nicholas Colangelo, director of the Belin-Blank
Center and professor of counselor education. "The symposium has become
a benchmark in the growth of research and talent development."
Keynote speakers include:
-- Anders Ericsson of Florida State University, speaking at 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 21 on "The Acquired Nature of Expert Performance: Implications
for Conceptions of Giftedness and Innate Talent?"
-- Henry Gradillas, retired principal of Los Angeles's Garfield High
School, speaking at 8 a.m. Friday, May 22 on "Academic Achievement
and High Self-Esteem through Academic Rigor and High Expectations."
-- Linda Gottfredson of the University of Delaware, speaking at 10:45
a.m. Friday, May 22 on "Intelligence: Old Findings and New Questions."
-- Donna Ford of Ohio State University, speaking at 8 a.m. Saturday,
May 23 on "Achieving Equity and Excellence: Recruiting and Retaining
Minority Students in Gifted Education."
-- Miraca Gross of the University of South Wales, speaking at 2:45 p.m.
Saturday, May 23 on "Ability Grouping, Self-Esteem and the Gifted:
A Study of Optical Illusions and Optimal Environments."
The following evening keynote addresses are free and open to the public:
-- Abraham Tannenbaum of Columbia University's Teachers College, speaking
at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21 on "Giftedness: The Ultimate Instrument
for Good or Evil."
-- Nicholas Colangelo, director of the Belin-Blank Center, speaking
at 7:30 p.m. Friday,
May 22 on "Academically Talented Students: They Don't Think the
Way We Think They Think."
On Friday, May 22, there will be a panel discussion on "Ethics,
Values and Gifted Education," from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Panelists
include Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi of the University of Chicago, Larry Nucci
of the University of Illinois-Chicago, and Abraham Tannenbaum of Columbia
University's Teachers College, moderated by Susan Assouline, associate
director of the Belin-Blank Center.
The symposium is available for one semester hour of credit from the
UI. Continuing education credits are also available.
Registration fees vary from $135 to $345, depending on the number of
days participants attend. The student registration fee is $35.
For more information, contact the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank
International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, 210 Lindquist
Center, the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242; phone toll-free:
800-344-3450 or 800-336-6463; fax: 319-335-5151.
The Wallace Symposium is made possible through an endowment from the
Wallace Research Foundation.