World Council for Gifted and Talented Children

The 2019 WCGTC World Conference was hosted in Nashville, Tennessee, USA during July 24 - 28.

The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, Inc. (WCGTC) is a worldwide nonprofit organization that provides advocacy and support for gifted children. The WCGTC is a diverse organization networking the globe with an active membership of educators, scholars, researchers, parents, and others interested in the development and education of gifted and talented children of all ages.

The WCGTC consists of its Members, Executive Committee, Delegates from member countries, and a Headquarters that relocated to Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 2011. The World Council was founded more than 40 years ago and hosts a biennial World Conference at a major international city during late July or early August in odd-numbered years. The 2021 World Conference will take place in Dubai, UAE from August 1 – 5.

About the WCGTC

Mission

The mission of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children is to focus world attention on gifted and talented children and ensure the realization of their valuable potential to the benefit of humankind.

History

The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children originated 40 years ago upon the inspiration of a prominent British educator of the gifted, Henry Collis. This vision evolved into a non-profit organization of educators in the field of gifted education that spans the globe today.

Headquarters

The International Headquarters of The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children moved to Western Kentucky University (WKU) in Bowling Green, Kentucky on January 1, 2011. It joins The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU which is celebrating more than 35 years. A generous gift from Dixie and Pete Mahurin of Bowling Green made the move possible.

World Conference

The World Council hosts a biennial World Conference at a major international city during late July or early August in odd-numbered years. The 2021 World Conference will be held in Dubai, UAE.

Publications

The WCGTC publishes a newsletter, World Gifted two times each year. We also have a journal, Gifted and Talented International that is published twice each year.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee (EC) consists of seven officers from different countries. The Executive Administrator of Headquarters is an ex-officio member.

Affiliates

Organizations which desire to become Affiliates of the WCGTC must have written bylaws (or if no bylaws an official statement outlining the organization’s purpose, goals, and philosophy) that are in accordance with those of the WCGTC.

Delegates

WCGTC Delegates are the organization’s on-the-ground representatives in each participating country. Delegates recruit and communicate with members, promote the World Council and its activities, forge links with other organizations in their country, and report their achievements back to the World Council.

Attendees Say

The conference program was very diverse and rich. I have gained knowledge of all the narrow and broad areas of my interests: identification, social-emotional issues, creativity, STEAM etc. The warm and open atmosphere of the conference provided an opportunity to interact with the authors and discuss the topic in more detail.

Madlena Arakelyan

Attending this conference, with the help of the World Gifted Conference committee members, resulted in further dissemination of my work among fellow academics and providers of gifted education, and exposed me to a variety of other research and applications in the many and various areas of gifted education.

Miriam Ramzy

Miriam Ramzy - 2019 World Council for Gifted and Talented Children World Conference - Nashville, Tennessee