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!

March 1, 2015
Nominations Sought for WCGTC Executive Committee

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 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: 

January 20, 2015
Information on hosting 2017 World Conference now available

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 under the World Conference tab. To express initial interest and receive an updated Proposal Development Guide, please contact WCGTC Executive Administrator Tracy Harkins at:

December 16, 2014
Nominations Sought for World Conference Awards

In conjunction with the WCGTC biennial conference, the Executive Committee of the World Council presents awards in four different areas of recognition: Research, Creativity, Leadership, and Distinguished Service. Applications for these awards are submitted to Headquarters, and the Awards and Scholarship Committee, with the approval of the WCGTC Executive Committee, assumes the responsibility for selecting the recipients. Nominations for awards may be submitted only by a current, paid-up World Council member. Nomination forms can be found on the World Council website under the “World Conference” tab Awards section. Forms should be received at Headquarters by April 1, 2015. The awards will be presented at the WCGTC World Conference in Odense, Denmark in August 2015. For questions please contact Tracy Harkins, WCGTC Executive Administrator, at:

December 12, 2014
2015 World Conference Scholarships Available

The WCGTC World Council Scholarship Fund will provide up to three (3) scholarships for Graduate Students and Educators to attend the 2015 World Conference in Odense, Denmark. Scholarship applicants must be members of the World Council by the time of application and show evidence of need for support. (If joining the World Council is a financial hardship please notify the WCGTC to review your situation.) Scholarships vary and can be used to pay for registration fees, accommodation, and/or flight costs for the World Conference in Denmark. In all cases applicants will be expected to pay at least part of the costs. Applicants must provide (a) information on the nature of their involvement in the field of gifted education, (b) the reasons why attending the conference is important to their work, and (c) a brief description of their need for financial assistance. All applicants must (a) complete the application form, including an email address, (b) provide their statement of need, and (b) enclose two letters of reference. Graduate Students and Educators from developing nations are especially encouraged to apply. Scholarship Applications can be obtained by contacting Tracy Harkins, WCGTC Executive Administrator, at: Completed applications must be received by WCGTC Headquarters by March 1, 2015.

October 22, 2014
World Conference Denmark 2015 Presentation Proposals now being accepted

The Proposal Abstract Submission portal for the World Conference in Odense in 2015 is now open. To access the link for abstract submissions go to the conference website at and click on the Abstract Submission tab. Proposal abstracts can be submitted for individual presentations, poster sessions, and symposia of three or more participants. Abstracts should be approximately 150-250 words and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the submission deadline of March 15, 2015. Interested presenters are encouraged to submit their abstracts early as space is limited. Conference Registration is also open on the conference website and there is a discount for WCGTC members. To verify your membership, and receive the special World Conference discount code, please contact the WCGTC at: You will need this discount code to enter on the World Conference Denmark website to receive the lower rate.

September 26, 2014
World Conference Denmark 2015 Registration Now Open!

On-line registration is now open for the biennial World Conference in Odense, Denmark August 10-15, 2015. Register early for the best rates! Early registration will be available through April 30, 2015. Reduced conference fees are also available for WCGTC members. To register go to: To verify your membership, and receive the special World Conference discount code, please contact the WCGTC at: You will need this discount code to enter on the World Conference Denmark website to receive the lower rate. Please note that the Proposal Abstract Submission portal for presenters on the World Conference Denmark website will be available soon.

September 3, 2014
New Editorial Team Selected for GTI Journal

The World Council Executive Committee has endorsed the new editorial team for their Gifted and Talented International (GTI) Journal for 2015 - 2017.  The new Editor will be Barbara Kerr, PhD (University of Kansas, USA). Associate Editors will be: Megan Foley-Nicpon, PhD (University of Iowa, USA), Leonie Kronborg, PhD (Monash University, Australia), C. June Maker, PhD (University of Arizona, USA), Nielsen Pereira, PhD (Western Kentucky University, USA), Franzis Preckel, PhD (University of Trier, Germany), and Ann Robinson, PhD (University of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA). The new Editorial Team will be keen to receive new research manuscripts for publication in 2015. For more information please contact the WCGTC at: 

March 31, 2014
New GTI Journal Volume 28 Double Issue Now Available On-line

The latest edition of the WCGTC Gifted and Talented International Journal, Volume 28, Nos. 1 & 2, is now available at the WCGTC website. To view go to the Publications link at Both members and non-members can view the newest issue online, 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:  Enjoy this important Member benefit of the WCGTC.
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