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2017 WCGTC Biennial World Conference

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4.9.4 The creative spirit: Actually, not figuratively

The three panel members will present their personal experiences, research, and practice; challenge existing assumptions about creativity and the creative process; and discuss how spiritual and psychological components come together in the creative process. After each panel member has made an initial presentation, we will pose two questions to the audience and the panel: (a) How can this research and these ideas be implemented by teachers, administrators, counselors, and parents/caregivers? (b) What are some challenges you might face, and how would you meet these challenges?


C. June Maker
University of Arizona
United States

C. June Maker, PhD, professor in the department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies, University of Arizona, prepares professors in special education and education of the gifted. She is an associate editor for Gifted and Talented International and the International Journal of Research in Education, and an Editorial Board member for other international journals. In 2015, she received the International Research Award from WCGTC and Doctor of Letters Degree from Western Kentucky University. Her research is on performance-based assessments and creativity development. She is a frequent keynote speaker. The website for her project, DISCOVER, is, and her email is

Dorothy Sisk
Lamar University
United States

Dorothy Sisk’s professional career has spanned more than 40 years. She is the former director of the U.S. Office of Gifted and Talented in Washington D.C. and holds an endowed chair at Lamar University. She was a founding member of WCGTC and the American Creativity Association and served as President of both organizations. Dr. Sisk is author of twelve books and numerous articles that appear in the major journals of gifted education including Understanding Our Gifted, Roeper Review, Gifted and Talented International, Gifted Education International, and Tempo.

Manoj Chandra Handa
Oceans of Excellence

Dr. Manoj Chandra Handa currently serves as Principal Education Officer at the NSW Department of Education, Sydney. In 2012, Manoj was recognised as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People” in Sydney by “the (Sydney) magazine” published by The Sydney Morning Herald. He completed his PhD thesis, “Leading Differentiated Learning for the Gifted”, in 2016 at Macquarie University, Sydney. He was recognised for “Excellence in Higher Degree Research” by the Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University. Manoj was recently selected for “The Smart Teacher Research Award 2016” by The Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales for his doctoral research.


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