August 25, 2015
WCGTC Annual Audit

The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children has conducted annual audit for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, as required by section 13.11 of the Bylaws of the organization. Crowe Horvath, an independent auditing firm in Louisville, KY, was contracted for the audit.

The two primary sources of income for the World Council come from membership fees and the Biennial World Conference. Expenses are related to the newsletter, the journal, the website, and the office.

Western Kentucky University provides the office space, the Executive Administrator’s salary, and expenses related to the Executive Committee’s annual meeting on the year that is between World Conferences. These expenses can be covered due to the generosity of a gift from Pete and Dixie Mahurin.

The audit can be viewed at

August 24, 2015
WCGTC Headquarters Agreement Renewed

On August 14, 2015 WCGTC President, Leslie Graves, signed a renewal agreement that will allow the WCGTC Headquarters to remain at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY for an additional five years. WKU President Gary A. Ransdell signed the agreement on August 17, 2015. We look forward to seeing the continued progress of the organization throughout the next five years.

June 30, 2015
Train Information in Denmark
May 5, 2015
Executive Committee Election Results

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.

April 20, 2015
Executive Committee Elections

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 ( and login.

2) Copy and paste this link into your web browser: 

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

April 10, 2015
Gifted and Talented International Volume 29, Number 1 & 2 Available Online

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; 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: I hope you enjoy this important Member benefit of the WCGTC.

April 7, 2015
World Conference Awards Deadline Extended to April 15

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:

April 6, 2015
2015 WCGTC World Conference Scholarship Recipients

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.

March 24, 2015
Edna McMillan Scholarships Awarded to Parent Advocates

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.        

March 14, 2015
World Conference Proposal Submission Deadline Extended

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:  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:  If you have any questions about your submission please contact:  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!
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