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UCI Division of Continuing Education Offers Second Annual Gifted and Talented Education Webinar Series

Free Weekly Webinar Series University of California, Irvine Extension Announces The Second Annual “Gifted And Talented Education Webinar Series,”

IRVINE, Calif. – January 20, 2010 – The University of California, Irvine Extension announces the second annual “Gifted and Talented Education Webinar Series,” set to begin on Wednesday, Feb. 3. The series of online presentations will focus on providing solutions that address contemporary challenges facing the gifted and talented education (GATE) community.

“UCI Extension is deeply committed to the professional development of gifted and talented educators,” says Angela Jeantet, director of UC Irvine Extension’s Education Programs Department. “Participants will explore topics such as current legislative and economic impacts on gifted programming, as well as practical ideas for developing and sustaining GATE programs in their school or district.”

Designed specifically for teachers, the “Gifted and Talented Education Webinar Series” is led by some of today’s top GATE educators and professionals and includes courses such as:

• “Gifted and Talented Instruction on a Budget,” Feb. 3 - 8-9 p.m. PST – The first session is designed to provide free and accessible ways to add depth, complexity, acceleration and novelty to your instructional program despite educational budget cuts.

• “Implications for Educators of Gifted Minority Students,” Feb. 10 - 7-8 p.m. PST – This webinar will address critical issues regarding diverse learners in gifted education and also provide tips on how to meet their educational needs.

• “Troubleshooting Today’s GATE Programming Obstacles,” Feb. 17 - 8-9 p.m. PST – District GATE coordinators share how program obstacles can effect positive change in educational programs.

• “Classrooms Applications of 21st Century Skills,” Feb. 24 - 8-9 p.m. PST – Discover how 21st century skills can be implemented into the classroom to add critical thinking, collaboration and complex curriculum through an interdisciplinary, integrated, project-based approach.

UC Irvine Extension is known for its exceptional GATE programming. Its programs provide options for K-12 teachers with focused professional development sessions, individual courses and entire certificate programs aligned with the California Association for the Gifted (CAG), the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and state standards for excellence.

A new “Online GATE Mentorship” independent study program is available for GATE educators seeking to gain knowledge, skills and experience from experts in the field. Mentor teachers will elaborate on content from the webinar series and guide participants through the creation of a related lesson plan. Independent mentors will draw content from the webinar series to further elaborate on the subjects covered and from this; participants are required to provide additional work to complete the program. Through the flexible format of independent study, the mentorship program will provide knowledge and guidance to educators who strive for a better understanding of the needs and capabilities of today’s gifted and talented students. Participants will receive1.5 credits towards the Gifted and Talented Education Specialized Studies Program.

For further information on this webinar series and the credit option, please contact Lisa Kadowaki at lkadowak@uci.edu or 949-824-9427.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit ce.uci.edu.

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit uci.edu.