The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, Inc. (WCGTC) is a worldwide non-profit organization that provides advocacy and support for gifted children. The WCGTC is a diverse organization networking the globe with an active membership of educators, scholars, researchers, parents and others interested in the development and education of gifted and talented children of all ages.
The WCGTC consists of its Members, Executive Committee, Delegates from member countries, and a Headquarters that recently relocated to Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The World Council was founded over 35 years ago and hosts a biennial World Conference at a major international city during late July or early August in odd-numbered years. The 2013 conference will take place in Louisville, Kentucky USA.
The purpose of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children is to focus world attention on gifted and talented children and ensure the realization of their valuable potential to the benefit of humankind. To meet these goals, the WCGTC commits its resources to the following activities:
- Facilitating the worldwide communication of information, ideas, and experiences through a biennial assembly (i.e. World Conference)
- Creating an atmosphere of acceptance and recognition of gifted and talented children from any background in any country
- Supporting and disseminating research into the nature of giftedness, talents, creativity, and the education of gifted and talented children and their teachers
- Establishing opportunities for the worldwide exchange of ideas, experiences, and teacher training
- Supporting and enhancing national groups in recognizing and providing for the gifted and talented children in their countries
- Supporting international programs and activities for children
- Supporting and enhancing parent and family education regarding the development of the potential of all children