Thursday, October 14, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.,
Online Workshop (Zoom)

Please register online. TLC Credit: Traditional, GT

Click to access the BTLC Zoom Meeting Room to attend this workshop. 

Presenter: Dr. Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) urges all educators to “Challenge” gifted learners, and although acceleration is controversial, it is one of the most effective ways to support gifted and talented children.  The University of Iowa College of Education’s Belin-Blank Center hosts the Acceleration Institute website (  Nationally, this site is the best resource for understanding why acceleration is listed in Iowa’s MTSS for Advanced Learners as the recommended intervention in the Intensive tier.  Although acceleration has a research basis as strong or stronger than any other educational intervention, participants will discuss why educators and parents are afraid to allow students to skip a grade.  Participants will learn just how many types of acceleration exist (grade skipping is just one), and they’ll learn about the research that shows acceleration as a useful intervention to consider.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Baker Teacher Leader Center, 319-335-5623, in advance.