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Extended Learning Program

Target Population

The Marshalltown Extended Learning Program is designed to serve students in grades K-12 who have demonstrated high achievement or potential in one or more of the following areas of giftedness when compared to others of their age, experience or environment:

  • General Intellectual Ability

  • Specific Ability Aptitude

  • Creative and Productive Thinking

Approximately 5% of Marshalltown students are identified using multiple criteria.
Programming for students with special abilities in other areas of giftedness (visual and performing arts, leadership, psychomotor) may be referred to school or community programs for enrichment opportunities. Students with academic gifts and talents come from all cultural and economic backgrounds. Local norms are used to provide equity and opportunity for minority students.


Identification Process



Information on XLP programming at different grade levels can be found at the links below:


District XLP Facebook Page

Hoagie's Gifted Education Page

Iowa Talented & Gifted Association

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

Mensa for Kids

National History Day

Science Buddies

University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center

Iowa State University OPPTAG


Extended Learning Program Faculty



Susan Fritzell:
Marshalltown High School (9-12)




Ann Jackson:
Miller Middle School (7-8)


Vanessa Engel:
Lenihan Intermediate School (5-6) &
Marshalltown Learning Academy (9-12)



Nicole Holman Lankelma:
Hoglan Elementary (K-4) – 641-754-1060
Anson Elementary/Marshalltown Virtual Acad. (K-4) – 641-754-1020
Woodbury Elementary (K-4) – 641-754-1080



Deb Christenson:
Rogers Elementary (K-4) – 641-754-1070
Fisher Elementary (K-4) – 641-754-1030
Franklin Elementary (K-4) – 641-754-1041

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