Will You Join Me In Some Crowdsourcing?

Now that this Blog is mature, I want to try to shift into a second phase of development – one that I hope will stimulate more participation by the global gifted education community, so encouraging more of them to read and react to my substantive posts.

So I have introduced two new sections – most easily accessed via the Menu at the very top of the page – and I invite you to help me populate them.

Directory of Gifted Education Centres

The first is called ‘Directory of Gifted Education Centres’ and I want to use this to build up a database of substantive centres of gifted and talented education throughout the world.

Most entries will be relatively brief and will include:

  • the centre’s name, location and director
  • its stated aims
  • its key programmes and
  • any other items of particular interest

though I will also include links to my own posts where those are relevant.

Who’s Who in Gifted Education

The second new section is called ‘Who’s Who in Gifted Education’ and is intended to be a database of short, single paragraph biographies, ideally including links to the institution(s), organisation(s), website(s) with which these people are associated.

I will try to cross-reference people with centres (and vice-versa) when these are associated.

It will take me a long time to build up these resources, particularly if I do it all by myself.

How You can help

You can help me move more quickly by supplying information about yourself, about others, or about centres with which you are familiar.

I’m happy to receive all such submissions, but please bear in mind that I aim for objectivity and that I may need on occasion to exercise some editorial discretion. It is not my intention to carry advertising, or to indulge in ‘knocking copy’

So I invite you to help me to build up these databases for the benefit of all those seeking a global perspective on gifted education.

If you would like your name and/or your centre featured, just drop me some details in a comment on this post, or via my Gifted Phoenix account on Twitter or Facebook.

If I can rely on your support, that will be great; if not, I shall work more slowly and alone.


January 2011


One thought on “Will You Join Me In Some Crowdsourcing?

  1. Hi,

    From The Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University:
    617 Dartmouth Place
    Evanston, Illinois 60208 USA
    Director: Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, PhD
    Web: http://www.ctd.northwestern.edu
    E-mail: ctd@northwestern.edu
    Blog: http://ctdblog.northwestern.edu/

    Stated aims: Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University exists to serve the gifted community and ensure that gifted students receive the education, encouragement and support they need to learn and grow into confident and accomplished adults whose love for earning grows stronger each year.

    Key Programs:
    Summer Program – offers more than 150 rigorous 1-, 2- and 3-week enrichment, honors and AP courses designed to inspire and challenge gifted students in PreK through grade 12. Courses are complemented by social and recreational activities that promote friendships and fun. Starting in grade 4 students, who come from all over the world, may choose to reside on the Northwestern University campus, giving them a taste of college life.

    Civic Education Program – award-wining leadership and civic engagement program based at CTD combines hands-on education and community service to promote civic responsibility among young people. Students explore the complex challenges that affect communities today and develop the knowledge, experience and leadership skills they need to make a positive impact on society. Civic Leadership Institute and Taking Action: Leadership & Service courses are offered each summer for students completing grades 7 through 12 in cities through the country.

    Gifted Learning Links – an online program for students in kindergarten through grade 12 offers exceptional enrichment, 1- and 2-credit high school honors and Advanced Placement courses in a flexible and interactive online setting. Courses are developed and taught, specifically with gifted students in mind, by “live” teachers with content area expertise and experience teaching gifted students.
    Talent Talk, CTD’s must-read blog, focuses on gifted education with profiles of students, questions posed by readers and answered by the director, abstracts of appropriate research and lots of other pertinent information. http://ctdblog.northwestern.edu/

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