Center staff travel to Denmark for World Conference

The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, whose international headquarters has been housed at WKU since 2011, hosted its biennial World Conference in Odense, Denmark, August 10-14.

Both Julia Roberts and Tracy Inman from The Center presented sessions. Julia also presented a session on advocacy with Lynette Baldwin, executive director of the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education.

Also attending the conference from WKU were Tyler Clark, executive administrator of the World Council, and Sam Oldenburg, The Center’s coordinator of technology and communications.

Julia, who currently serves as treasurer of the council’s executive committee, was pleased with the success of the conference.

“The World Council for gifted and Talented Children is an organization that promotes gifted education around the globe,” she said. “Sharing ideas and strategies with educators and parents from around the world is a tremendous opportunity for those advocating for gifted children and young people.”

The last World Conference was held in Louisville in 2013 and the next World Conference will be held in Sydney, Australia, in 2017.

Henry Tirri delivers a keynote address on the impact of changing technology on giftred education during the first day of the World Conference.
Henry Tirri delivers a keynote address on the impact of changing technology on gifted education during the first day of the World Conference.
Julia Link Roberts leads a session on advocacy during parents day before the start of the conference.
Julia Roberts leads a session on advocacy during parents day before the start of the conference.
Conference attendees were treated to an opera performance on the first night of the World Conference.
Conference attendees were treated to an opera performance on the first night of the World Conference.
President of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children Leslie Graves presents the International Award for Research to June Maker, a WKU alumnus.
President of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children Leslie Graves presents the International Award for Research to June Maker, a WKU alumna.
Tracy Inman presents a workshop on student assesment with Julia Roberts on the third day of the World Conference.
Tracy Inman presents a workshop on student assesment with Julia Roberts on the third day of the World Conference.
Margaret Southerland delivers a keynote address on building bridges between reasearch and practice during the second day of the World Conference.
Margaret Southerland delivers a keynote address on building bridges between reasearch and practice during the second day of the World Conference.
Jonathan Plucker delivers a keynote address on critical issues and practices in gifted education on the final day of the World Conference.
Jonathan Plucker delivers a keynote address on critical issues and practices in gifted education on the final day of the World Conference.
Local entertainers perform a show about Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales during the closing ceremony of the World Conference. The conference was held in Andersen's hometown, Odense, Denmark.
Local entertainers perform a show about Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales during the closing ceremony of the World Conference. The conference was held in Andersen’s hometown, Odense, Denmark.
Conference attendees listen to a parallel session during the second day of the World Conference.
Conference attendees listen to a parallel session during the second day of the World Conference.
A conference attendee takes notes on her iPad during a parallel session on the second day of the World Conference.
A conference attendee takes notes on her iPad during a parallel session on the second day of the World Conference.
A ballerina performs during the opening ceremony of the World Conference.
A ballerina performs during the opening ceremony of the World Conference.
Local conference committee member Susanne Hoff-Clausen hugs Executive Administrator Tyler Clark during the closing ceremony of the World Conference.
Local conference committee member Susanne Hoff-Clausen hugs Executive Administrator Tyler Clark during the closing ceremony of the World Conference.
Conference attendees take a boat ride to the gala dinner on the final day of the World Conference.
Conference attendees take a boat ride to the gala dinner on the final day of the World Conference.
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