NEWS & EVENTS
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 (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 thomas.clark@wku.edu.

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 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: headquarters@world-gifted.org. 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: www.world-gifted.org/WorldConf

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: 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: ac@worldgifted2015.com  If you have any questions about your submission please contact: info@worldgifted2015.com  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 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: headquarters@world-gifted.org 

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 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: headquarters@world-gifted.org

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: headquarters@world-gifted.org

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: headquarters@world-gifted.org. Completed applications must be received by WCGTC Headquarters by March 1, 2015.

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