In conjunction with the WCGTC biennial conference, the Executive Committee of the World Council presents awards in six different areas of recognition: research, creativity, leadership, distinguished service, emerging leader, and emerging scholar. Applications for these awards are submitted to Headquarters, and the Awards and Scholarship Committee, with the approval of the Executive Committee, assumes the responsibility for selecting the recipients.

International Creativity Award

The recipient must have international recognition in the field of creativity and must have made significant contributions to promoting creativity in education.

  • 1995 – M. K. Raina
  • 1997 – Arthus Cropley
  • 1999 – Morris Stein
  • 2003 – E. Paul Torrance
  • 2005 – Donald J. Treffinger
  • 2009 – Ken McCluskey
  • 2013 – Peter Csermely and Todd Lubart
  • 2015 – Klaus K. Urban
  • 2017 – Jane Piirto

International Award for Research

The recipient must have international recognition in gifted education and made significant contributions through research in establishing gifted education as a recognized field of study in education, in extending the knowledge base of gifted education, and in improving the practice of gifted education.

  • 1997 – John Feldhusen
  • 2013 – Sally M. Reis and Nicholas Colangelo
  • 2015 – C. June Maker
  • 2017 – Bruce Shore
  • 2019 - Camilla Benbow and Kirsi Tirri

A. Harry Passow International Award for Leadership in Gifted Education

The recipient must have international stature as a leader in gifted education—one whose life and work have significantly influenced policy and practices in gifted education or one who has made other outstanding contributions in promoting the cause of gifted education worldwide.

  • 1997 – E. Paul Torrance
  • 1999 – John Feldhusen
  • 2005 – Joseph Renzulli
  • 2007 – James J. Gallagher
  • 2011 – Dorothy Sisk
  • 2013 – Taisir Subhi Yamin
  • 2017 – Eunice Alencar
  • 2019 - Rena Subotnik

World Council Distinguished Service Award

The recipient must have made an outstanding contribution to gifted education as reflected in service to the WCGTC and in the furtherance of its purposes over a period of ten years or more.

  • 1997 – James J. Gallagher
  • 1999 – Wu-Tien Wu
  • 2003 – Barbara Clark
  • 2005 – Klaus K. Urban
  • 2009 – Edna McMillan
  • 2011 – Edna McMillan
  • 2013 – Joyce VanTassel-Baska
  • 2015 – Ken McCluskey

Emerging Scholar Award

The recipient must be a current member of the WCGTC; in the first 10 years of career in gifted education (time taken as parental leave is not counted as part of the 10-year window); evidence of graduation from their most recent advanced research degree gifted education, talent development, or creativity (i.e., Doctoral) within 10 years of the nomination; evidence of impact of research in gifted education in their country or region; evidence of outstanding promise for leadership; and evidence of service to gifted education.

  • 2021 – TBA

Emerging Leader Award

The recipient must be in the first 10 years of career in gifted education (time taken as parental leave is not counted as part of the 10-year window); evidence of advanced studies in gifted education, talent development, or creativity (e.g., certification, graduate degree); evidence of impact of teaching, research, and/or advocacy on gifted education in their country or region; evidence of outstanding promise for leadership; and evidence of service to gifted education.

  • 2021 – TBA

Poster Awards

2019

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