Global Organisations and Their Conferences
The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children is a membership organisation based in Canada best known for the biennial world conferences organised under its auspices. My brief assessment of the Council is here but I have also written separately about the Council’s move to Kentucky.
The 19th World Conference was originally to have taken place from August 8-12 2011 at Incheon, South Korea. The World Council Executive decided to move it to Prague in the Czech Republic, though on the same dates, in response to a perceived threat from tension between North and South Korea.
The 20th World Conference was scheduled for August 5-8 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand but, on 2 October 2012, the organisers announced their withdrawal following financial problems and organisational differences with the World Council. The event was relocated to Louisville, Kentucky, close to World Council Headquarters.
The 21st World Conference has been awarded to Denmark and is scheduled to take place in Odense from August 10-14 in 2015.
International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE) a professional organisation and research networkalso has a biennial conference and, like the World Council, publishes a newsletter and an academic journal. My brief assessment is here.
The second IRATDE Conference was to have been held in November in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. But it was cancelled less than three weeks before it was due to take place.
The International Centre for Innovation in Education (ICIE) is also focused on the education of gifted, creative and talented children. An e-journal is planned. The website says that ICIE also edits and publishes the journal of the World Council ‘Gifted and Talented International’.
ICIE conferences take place annually, most recently in Athens in June 2010, Istanbul in July 2011, and Jerusalem in July 2012. In 2014, two ICIE Conferences are scheduled for July, one in Krakow Poland, the other in Paris, France. (However, at the time of writing, the link to the website for the Polish conference is dead.)
The International Gateway for Gifted Youth (IGGY) operates out of Warwick University in England, providing a mix of face-to-face and online learning opportunities for gifted learners worldwide. My December 2012 post about IGGY is here.
My assessment of the International Gifted Education Teacher-Development Network (IGET Network) is here.
Many of my posts have a global reach. The following list is in chronological order:
- The Economics of Gifted Education (June 2010)
- Navigating this Blog and a Reprise for New Readers (October 2010)
- Will You Join Me in Some Crowdsourcing? (January 2011)
- A Worldwide Invitation to Join GT Voice (March 2011)
- #GTCHAT Friday 25 March 2011 (March 2011)
- A Comparative Review of Gifted Education Quality Standards Part 1 and Part 2 (November 2011)
- Gifted Education Quality Standards: The Benefits Coda (November 2011)
- Contributions to the ECHA Conference Symposium on Social Media and Gifted Education (September 2012)
- Can Social Media Help Overcome the Problems We Face in Gifted Education? – Part 1 and Part 2 (September 2012)
- An Evolving Gifted Education Key Documents Collection (November 2012)
- Gifted Phoenix 2012 Review and Retrospective (December 2012)
- The Gifted Phoenix Manifesto for Gifted Education (March 2013)
- The Economics of Gifted Education Revisited (March 2013)
- Gifted Phoenix’s 2013 Review and Retrospective (December 2013)
- Gifted Education Activity in the Blogosphere and on Twitter (January 2014)
- A Brief Discussion about Gifted Labelling and its Permanency (February 2014)
- How Well Does Gifted Education Use Social Media? (March 2014)
- PISA 2012 Creative Problem Solving: International Comparison of High Achievers’ Performance (April 2014)
- Beware the ‘short head’: PISA’s resilient students’ measure (September 2014)
- Gifted Phoenix 2014 review and retrospective (December 2014)
Up to Summer 2013 I also published a series of reviews of the @GiftedPhoenix Twitter Feed. These were initially monthly but latterly termly/quarterly:
- Gifted Education News Round-up (Vol 2) (December 2011)
- Gifted Phoenix Twitter Round-Up (Vol 3) (January 2012)
- Gifted Phoenix Twitter Round-Up (Vol 4) (February 2012)
- Gifted Phoenix Twitter Round-Up (Vol 5) (March 2012)
- Gifted Phoenix Twitter Round-Up (Vol 6) (April 2012)
- Gifted Phoenix Twitter Round-Up (Vol 7) (May 2012)
- Gifted Phoenix Twitter Round-Up (Vol 8) (June 2012)
- Gifted Phoenix Twitter Round-Up (Vol 9) (July 2012)
- Gifted Phoenix Twitter Round-Up (Vol 10) (November 2012)
- Gifted Phoenix Twitter Round-Up (Vol 11) (February 2013)
- Gifted Phoenix Twitter Round-Up (Vol 12) Curriculum, Assessment, Fair Access and Gap Narrowing (July 2013)