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June 7, 2007

Templeton Foundation Grant Will Bring International Gifted Educators To UI Campus

The University of Iowa Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development has been awarded a $450,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation to bring international educators to the UI as part of the Templeton International Fellowship Program for 2008-09.

The grant allows the Belin-Blank Center to provide an intensive educational experience for 50 international educators. The primary activity is participation in the Wallace Research Symposium on Talent Development, which will be held May 18-20, 2008. The Templeton Fellowship covers all travel and instructional costs.

"This is a premier research symposium on gifted education and talent development, which brings together leading researchers from around the world to share their current research," said Belin-Blank Center Director Nicholas Colangelo (photo, top). "The Templeton Fellowship provides educators from the international community an excellent opportunity to enhance their work with their gifted and talented students."

Belin-Blank Center Associate Director Susan Assouline said that the Templeton International Fellows will receive professional development in gifted education as part of the fellowship program.

"This is critical because they will have the opportunity to influence and enhance gifted education in their home countries," Assouline said.

Colangelo said that one of the major goals of the Belin-Blank Center is to support gifted education at the international level and to help countries either initiate or further develop programs for their gifted students. The Belin-Blank Center is part of the UI College of Education and is world renowned for its research, training and services for gifted students and their educators.

Fifty Templeton International Fellows will be selected. Each fellow will participate in a professional development seminar prior to the start of the Wallace Symposium May 16-17; attend the Wallace Research Symposium on Talent May 18-20, 2008; and participate in a one-day professional development seminar May 21 after the close of the symposium. Upon returning to their home countries, Templeton Fellows are expected to share what they have learned and advocate for gifted students and their teachers.

The Templeton International Fellowship is open to K-12 education administrators and teachers, university faculty and administrators, and government personnel who are in positions to advocate for education in their countries. Priority will be given to applicants from India, Russia, Mexico, Asia, Africa, South America, Central America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

For application forms and more information, visit: The application deadline is Sept. 15, 2007.

For more information on the John Templeton Foundation, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

CONTACTS: Media: Lois J. Gray, 319-384-0077,; Program: Nicholas Colangelo, 319-335-6148 or; Susan Assouline at 319-335-6130 or; and Laurie Croft, 319-335-6148, or