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WKU represented at international gifted education conference

Julia Link Roberts and Tyler Clark participated in the European Council for High Ability’s 15th international conference March 2-5 in Vienna.

Tyler Clark (left) and Julia Link Roberts represented Western Kentucky University at the European Council for High Ability's international conference March 2-5 in Vienna.

Tyler Clark (left) and Julia Link Roberts represented WKU at the European Council for High Ability’s international conference March 2-5 in Vienna.

With a theme of “Talents in Motion,” the conference included a variety of discussions and presentations aimed at encouraging gifted children, particularly in the context of migration and intercultural exchange.

Roberts is the Mahurin Professor of Gifted Studies at WKU and executive director of The Center for Gifted Studies and The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky. Clark is the executive administrator of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, a worldwide non-profit organization that provides advocacy and support for gifted education globally and is housed at WKU.

Roberts conducted a workshop titled “The Power of Products: A Protocol for Developing and Assessing Products.” Clark presented in the International Meeting, which focused on underrepresentation of culturally and linguistically diverse learners in gifted programs.

The conference was a valuable opportunity to share resources across cultures, Roberts said.

“The ECHA Conference provided a wonderful opportunity to network with others from many countries as well as to present work we are doing at WKU,” she said. “It was a time to represent the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children and to highlight the 22nd World Conference in Sydney, Australia, in July 2017.”

The International Meeting provided a valuable opportunity to collaborate with peers from across the globe, Clark said.

“At the International Meeting, representatives from Brazil, Canada, India, Singapore and the United States presented reports regarding the underrepresentation of particular groups of students in gifted programs,” he said. “This unique opportunity provided a time to reflect, discuss and plan for alleviating this problem in our society.”

Roberts and Clark also co-presented a session titled “Experiential Learning: A Hallmark of the Gatton Academy,” about the unique mix of college classes, undergraduate research, global experiences and extracurricular opportunities that have helped the residential high school for juniors and seniors to become one of the nation’s top public high schools. Clark was a member of the academy’s inaugural class in 2007-2008.

Now in its 35th year, The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU serves gifted children, their educators and parents through educational opportunities, professional development and a variety of other resources and support.

Contact: Sam Oldenburg, 270-745-3014, samual.oldenburg@wku.edu

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