The latest editions of the WCGTC Gifted and Talented International Journal and the World Gifted Newsletter are now available at the WCGTC website. GTI contains recent research in the field of gifted education, while World Gifted includes new country reports and information about the 20th biennial World Conference in Louisville. Go to the Publications link at www.world-gifted.org. Both members and non-members can view the newest editions online, however only WCGTC members (when logged in to the website) can view past archived editions. Members can also receive hard copies of GTI and World Gifted by contacting us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Enjoy these important Member benefits of the WCGTC.
The Galt House Hotel and Convention center is filling up fast for the World Conference in Louisville. If you have not already made your hotel reservation please do so soon to guarantee your room. The link for the reduced rates can be found on the special World Conference website at www.worldgifted2013.org The Biennial World Conference officially opens Saturday, August 10 at 5:00pm. If you are not attending the pre-conference workshops we recommend that you plan to arrive on August 10 as hotel availability is greatest then. If you have any difficulty securing a room through our conference hotel link below please let us know as we may be able to assist you. There are several other hotel options in the Louisville area that we may also be able to recommend. Contact WCGTC staff with questions at: email@example.com We look forward to seeing you in the Bluegrass state!
WCGTC Delegate selection has started. WCGTC Headquarters will send selection instructions to the Delegate currently designated in charge of the in-country election. If no Delegate is listed in charge than the members from within a country shall determine who is responsible and ask for nominations. (If you would like to be a Delegate and do not hear from a country representative please contact us.) Self-nomination is allowed. Delegates promote the work of the World Council in their country. Delegates must be current paid members and reside in their home country, unless they are on temporary leave. Delegates serve for a two year term, or until successors are selected. There can be up to three delegates and one alternate from each country. If there are less than four members from a given country than all members from that country can be Delegates. An Assembly of the Delegates is held at the World Conference. It is helpful therefore if at least one Delegate from each country attends the biennial World Conference. The nominee deadline will be June 18, 2013. If you have any questions please contact WCGTC Headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org
The WCGTC Executive Committee has selected Odense, Denmark as the host of the 21st biennial World Conference. The proposed dates are August 10-14, 2015. Odense is the third largest city in Denmark and is connected by train to the capital city Copenhagen. Odense is the hometown of the renowned fairytale writer Hans Christian Anderson and his life and writings have left a distinct imprint on the city. The WCGTC Executive Committee looks forward to working with the Odense local organizing committee and meeting in the beautiful southern region of Denmark.
The WCGTC Scholarship & Awards Committee has reviewed the nominations and announced the four World Conference Awards that will be officially presented at the 2013 World Conference in Louisville. The World Council Distinguished Service Award has been awarded to Joyce VanTassel-Baska. Todd Lubart and Peter Csemerly have each been selected to receive the International Creativity Award. The International Award for Research has been given to Sally M. Reis and also Nicholas Colangelo. And WCGTC President Taisir Subhi Yamin will receive the A. Harry Passow Award for International Leadership in Gifted Education. These prestigious awards are given to individuals who stand out as exceptional contributors in the field of gifted education. The WCGTC thanks all those members who sent in nominations.
Thank you to the WCGTC members who took the time to vote in the Executive Committee Election. The voting for four new EC members closed on May 15. The newly elected EC members are Julia Roberts, USA, Denise de Souza Fleith, Brazil, Leonie Kronborg, Australia, and Humphrey Peter Ouko Oborah, Kenya. The elected members will each serve a four year term and will officially take office in August at the conclusion of the 2013 World Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. They will join Ken McCluskey, Canada, and Ümit Davaslıgil, Turkey, who still have two years remaining on each of their current terms. The WCGTC Elections Committee thanks all of the eight candidates in the Executive Committee Election and appreciates their willingness to serve the organization.
The WCGTC Scholarship & Awards Committee has awarded five World Conference registration scholarships for the 2013 World Conference in Louisville, KY USA. The recipients are: Karen Bendelman, Uruguay; Matthew Edinger, USA and United Kingdom; Soha Elzalabany, Egypt; Bishop Noe Nzeyimana, Burundi; and Laura Swan, New Zealand. The scholarships will cover each recipient’s registration fees for the World Conference, including the preconference workshop day, valued at $675 each. The S&A Committee also included a Gala Dinner ticket with each award valued at $75 for a total scholarship value of $750 each. In addition, the S&A Committee awarded a travel scholarship to a high school student of teacher Terry Friedrichs, USA, who will be presenting with him at the conference. The S&A Committee also agreed to provide some registration and travel monies to the two Edna McMillan Scholarship recipients, Jen Torbeck-Merril, USA, and Mary St. George, New Zealand. The goal of the scholarships is to make World Conference participation possible for those who would otherwise be unable to attend due to financial constraints. The S&A Committee thanks all those who applied for the 2013 World Conference Scholarship competition.
Dr. Dorothy Ann Sisk, founding member and long time supporter and contributor to the WCGTC, has generously donated two special World Conference scholarships to “passion, profession, and parents who inspire” in the name of her friend and longtime WCGTC colleague Edna McMillan. The $1000 scholarships were given to Jen Torbeck-Merril, the author of the popular online blog “laughingatchaos.com”, where she writes about her life as a 2E mom, and Mary St. George, who works as lead educator for GO- Gifted Online, an interactive online One Day School program in New Zealand. The scholarships will help defray their travel costs to the 20th World Conference in Louisville in August. Both Torbeck-Merril and St. George will present at the World Conference. Dr. Edna McMillan passed away in December 2012 and was an esteemed colleague, supporter, and member of the WCGTC. She served for over 30 years in various capacities as member, conference organizer, chair, delegate, EC member, and Vice President. The WCGTC is very grateful to Dr. Dorothy Ann Sisk for this opportunity to mark Edna’s memory in such a wonderful and fitting way.
Every two years at the WCGTC World Conference, the Scholarship & Awards Committee confers a small number of prestigious awards to individuals who stand out as exceptional contributors in our field. The four awards are: World Council Distinguished Service Award, International Creativity Award, International Award for Research, and the A. Harry Pasow International Award for Leadership in Education. Criteria for each of these awards and the nomination form can be found on the WCGTC website at: http://www.world-gifted.org/WorldConf Awards are made at the discretion of the S&A Committee and presented by the WCGTC Executive Committee. The Committees may also decide to confer a small number of other special awards for individuals of note and are happy to receive suggestions from the broader WCGTC membership. Please forward all nominations and suggestions to WCGTC headquarters by the deadline of May 5, 2013. Nominations for awards may only be submitted by current, paid-up World Council members. If you have any questions please email: email@example.com Thank you.
The WCGTC is partnering with Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) to offer Facilitator Training for SENG Model Parent Groups (SMPGs) at the start of the World Conference in Louisville, August 10-11, 2013. This training is open to World Conference attendees and any other interested party. The goal is to expand the outreach of SENG Model Parent Groups to international locations. SMPGs are structured to bring together 10 to 20 interested parents of gifted and talented children to discuss topics such as motivation, discipline, stress management, and peer relationships. Parents who attend are considered rich resources of information and provide much of the content. Facilitators help to provide a non-judgmental and nurturing atmosphere. The cost to participate is $300 and includes materials such as A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, and Gifted Parent Groups: The SENG Model, 2nd Edition. For information and registration please see: http://www.sengifted.org/programs/seng-model-parent-groups/smpg-facilitator-training-in-louisville
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