It’s a student population that doesn’t get much press. We, rightfully or wrongfully, tend to concentrate our attention– and our spending– on students at risk. But the gifted and talented student population often thrives despite neglect.

It’s these young people who might very well solve the problems of the future.

The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children’s 20th Biennial World Conference, Celebrating Giftedness and Creativity is August 10-14 at the Galt House Hotel. Some of the top educators and researchers in the gifted and talented field will be in attendance.

“This provides a remarkable opportunity to learn with scholars and practitioners from around the globe,” said Dr. Julia Roberts, World Council treasurer and executive director for The Center for Gifted Studies and Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, both at Western Kentucky University.

The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children is a thirty-five year old non-profit that offers advocacy and support for gifted children. The headquarters of the WCGTC recently relocated to Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.

“I hope many Kentucky educators, parents and interested citizens will come to this conference and join in the conversations about children and youth who are gifted and talented,” Roberts said.  A discount is available for Kentucky residents: $25 off the daily rate and $50 off for the four-day conference.

This is an international affair: past conferences have been held in Spain, Australia, Turkey and the Czech Republic.

According to the news release:

The conference will focus on several areas relating to creativity in giftedness.  World-renown gifted education scholars include Joseph Renzulli, National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented; Todd Lubart, Universite Paris Descartes, France; Tracy Riley, Massey University, New Zealand; and Sally M. Reis, University of Connecticut.

Renzulli will deliver the keynote speech for the Opening Ceremony on Saturday, August 10 at 5 p.m. in the Galt House Hotel Grand Ballroom.  WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell will also speak at the event and there will be a musical performance showcasing the history of American music to participants.  Additionally, Kentucky Education Commissioner, Dr. Terry Holliday will speak on Tuesday, August 13 at 3:15 p.m. in the Galt House Hotel Grand Ballroom.

To register for the event, visit the website.