The 21st Biennial World Conference will soon be here. If you are flying into the Copenhagen airport, you will likely take the train to Odense. Please see below for directions depending on which hotel you have booked. If you have any questions about the directions, feel free to email Headquarters (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Executive Committee election began on April 17, 2015 and concluded April 30, 2015. There were four well qualified candidates on the ballot. The candidates with the most votes were Ümit Davasligil and Margaret Sutherland. Congratulations to both for being elected to the Executive Committee. Thank you to the other candidates, Rose Blackett and Albert Ziegler, and all WCGTC members who voted.
We have heard that several folks are getting an error message when trying to access the Executive Committee ballot that says "You do not have permission to view this form." To access the ballot, you will need to follow these steps:
1) Visit the WCGTC website (http://www.world-gifted.org/) and login.
2) Copy and paste this link into your web browser: http://www.world-gifted.org/executive-committee-election-ballot
3) Read the biographies of the four candidates.
4) Click the checkbox to the left of the candidate(s) of your choice. You may vote for up to two candidates.
Thanks for taking the time to vote in this election. If you have any questions, email Tyler Clark at email@example.com.
We have just posted the latest edition (Volume 29, Numbers 1 & 2) of our journal, "Gifted and Talented International" on the WCGTC webpage. Both members and non-members can view the newest issue online at http://www.world-gifted.org/Publications; however, only WCGTC members (when logged in to the website) can view past archived editions. Members can also receive hard copies of GTI by contacting us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you enjoy this important Member benefit of the WCGTC.
Don't miss the opportunity to honor those who work hard to help so many. The deadline for the World Conference Awards has been extended to April 15, 2015. There are four categories including:
The World Council Distinguished Service Award
The International Creativity Award
The International Award for Research
The Harry A. Passow International Award for Leadership in Gifted Education
Please find the nominations form and the descriptions of the awards here: www.world-gifted.org/WorldConf
The WCGTC wishes to congratulate the 2015 World Conference Scholarship recipients: Yalew Endawoke Mulu, Luc Bugingo Tabu, and Cigdem Selik-Sahin.
Yalew Endawoke Muluk, is an advocate for gifted education in Ethiopia, and is also the President of Woldia University. Luc Bugingo Tabu is the leader of youth development program at the House of Peace, an NGO in Rwanda, which seeks to empower children through the development of their gifts and talents. Cigdem Selik-Sahin earned her PhD in Education and is currently a teacher at Adana Science and Arts Center in Turkey.
The WCGTC also wishes to thank the other 15 scholarship applicants, and applauds their efforts on behalf of gifted and talented children around the world.
Dr. Dorothy Sisk, founding member of the WCGTC and a long time supporter of the World Council, has awarded two $1000 parent scholarships to Lucia Riet and Rebecca Howell to attend the World Conference in Odense, Denmark. The scholarships are awarded in memory of former WCGTC Executive Committee member Edna McMillan, who also served as World Council Secretary and Vice President and passed away in 2012. The scholarships are awarded to parents who persistently advocate for gifted education in their communities. The scholarships help defray travel costs for parent advocates who would otherwise not be able to attend the World Conference. Lucia Riet is a trained psychologist and a passionate parent of two gifted children. She is originally from Uruguay but has lived for many years in Estonia. She has helped set up gifted programs in two schools, the International School of Estonia and the Tallinn English College. She also maintains her practice of counseling families with gifted issues. Rebecca Howell is from England and a parent of three gifted children which led to her working with Potential Plus UK (then NAGC-UK). Rebecca served as chair of her local PPUK committee, and answered and ran a government helpline. She also helped develop and set up a parent training program called "Parent Matters" and an educational assessment service. In her spare time she runs an online support group with approximately 650 members and organizes a "Big Day Out" event. Both recipients will give an individual presentation at the World Conference in Odense and also be part of a panel on parent issues. The WCGTC is grateful to Dr. Sisk for providing these scholarships to honor Edna McMillan's service and assist "Parents Who Inspire" to attend the World Conference.
The abstract proposal submission deadline for the World Conference in Odense, Denmark has been extended to March 29, 2015. WCGTC members are encouraged to submit their abstract proposal through the World Conference website at: www.worldgifted2015.com Due to high traffic on the website submission portal some users may encounter slower than usual processing times. If you have difficulty and would like to ensure that your abstract is received you may also submit your abstract to email address: email@example.com If you have any questions about your submission please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Remember WCGTC members receive a discount when registering for the conference. Contact WCGTC headquarters to verify your membership and receive the special discount code to enter on the conference website when registering. Thank you for your continued membership and we look forward to seeing you at the World Conference in Odense in August 2015!
The World Council Elections Committee is seeking nominations for two Executive Committee members of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. Nominations must be received by April 1, 2015. The Elections Committee will review the nominations and present a slate of eligible candidates for a vote by the World Council members no later than May 1, 2015. A nominee for the EC must be a current paid member of the WCGTC in good standing for at least five years immediately prior to the election date, have attended at least two WCGTC conferences, and have served as a WCGTC delegate. No more than one member from any one country may serve as an Executive Committee member. The President-elect is from Ireland. Four of the current EC members are from Australia, Brazil, Kenya, and the United States and have 2 years remaining. Therefore any nomination must be for members from countries other than Ireland, Australia, Brazil, Kenya, and the United States. The new Executive Committee members will be elected by May 15, 2015 and take office at the end of the next biennial World Conference in Odense, Denmark in August 2015. The nomination form can be found on the WCGTC website at www.world-gifted.org under the "Executive Committee" tab and by clicking on the "EC Nomination & Election Process" button. Executive Committee members are elected for a four year term. If you have questions or wish to submit a nomination, please contact: email@example.com
Is your city or country interested in hosting the next WCGTC biennial World Conference? The WCGTC is now accepting "Expressions of Interest" for hosting the 2017 World Conference. This unique international event is held every two years during late July or early August. It bring together hundreds of leaders in the field of gifted and talented education to promote communication among one another and share best practices and experiences. Past conferences have been held in London, San Francisco, Jerusalem, Montreal, Manila, Hamburg, Salt Lake City, Sydney, The Hague, Toronto, Hong Kong, Seattle, Istanbul, Barcelona, Adelaide, New Orleans, Warwick, Vancouver, Prague, and Louisville. The 2015 World Conference will be in Odense, Denmark. Deadline for expressions of interest is March 1, 2015. Deadline for bids will be May 1, 2015. More information on "Hosting a World Conference" can be found on our website at www.world-gifted.org under the World Conference tab. To express initial interest and receive an updated Proposal Development Guide, please contact WCGTC Executive Administrator Tracy Harkins at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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