News on High Ability
The Centre for Research and Promotion of Giftedness (hereinafter: CRSN) at the Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana, which was established in 2010, integrates knowledge, experience and ideas of researchers and practitioners in the field of giftedness, and pursues a variety of research and development, training and consultancy activities. In the first five years of its operation, the CRSN, which strives for the promotion of giftedness by fostering the quality life of the gifted and talented, became a recognized institution in the field of talent research and of addressing the gifted population in the domestic and the international arena. In July 2015 the CRSN received an important European accreditation, thus becoming one of the centres of the European Talent Support Network - EUROPEAN TALENT CENTRE SLOVENIA, which ranked the CRSN and the Faculty of Education of the University of Ljubljana among the internationally recognized promoters of the advocacy of the gifted population.
There is a large interest from the European countries to apply for a European Talent Centre. As we informed you on this web-site earlier, the Qualification Committee of ECHA announced a Call to apply to be a European Talent Centre for the 2nd time in April. The full text of the call can be read HERE. Due to the large interest the deadline of the Application was extended by 16th May. Note that there will be no further extension of this deadline.
Before the May 8 deadline of the applications for being a European Talent Centre (see the call HERE with the Application Form, scoring sheet and other important info) there is an increasing interest to become a part of the European Talent Support Network as a Centre or Associated Centre (which is outside Europe but has intensive cooperation with European organizations in the field). Several countries, where we had no Centres before, signalled their interest to start a Talent Centre. Parallel with this, there is a growing number of Associated Talent Points of the Network, which are situated outside Europe. Current Associated Talent Points can be viewed HERE. Quite some Associated Talent Points also applied to become Associated Talent Centres, too. The call for registration as a European Talent Point (or Associated European Talent Point) can be viewed HERE The registration of European Talent Points and Associated European Talent Points is continuous, but has a final application deadline of September 30. After this, the registration will be re-opened only in 2017.
The Austrian Research and Support Centre for the Gifted and Talented in Salzburg (ÖZBF) and the Institute TIBI, the department for gifted education at the Private University College for Teacher Education in Vienna, have a long tradition of cooperation in talent-related issues.
The ÖZBF is the national institution for the further development of gifted education and the promotion of excellence in Austria. In line with its vision “supporting talent, shaping the future” it supports persons, institutions and initiatives promoting young people’s talents. It was established in 1999 and is financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education and Women’s Affairs, and the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.
The Institute TIBI, founded in 2004, provides a variety of offers, particularly for teachers. The team initiates and supports concepts, ideas and projects which are dedicated to the development of the many gifts and potentials of young people. The main objective is to make every child‘s education a personal success in order to pave the way into an autonomous and responsible life.
Both, the Institute TIBI as well as the ÖZBF, cooperate on the national and international level with researchers and practitioners and can combine scientific expertise and practical knowledge, i.e. during the organisation of the 15th international ECHA conference, in which the ÖZBF was also a vital cooperation partner. With both organizations being European Talent Support Centres now, their cooperation is further reinforced.
It is our pleasure to inform you that the Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network (supported by the March 5th decision of the ECHA General Assembly, as well as by the representatives of the European Talent Centres) started to work from March 2016. The Youth Platform was originated from the participants of the European Youth Summit related to the 15th ECHA Conference in Vienna. After this event many more European Talent Centres and Talent Points delegated young talented individuals to the Youth Platform, which now represents 8 European countries (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Danemark, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia).
The 2014 General Assembly of ECHA agreed that ECHA will support, regulate and guide the formation of a European Talent Support Network. Aims and details of the European Talent Support Network can be found in the document downloadable from HERE. European Talent Centres form the hubs of this Network.
The first 14 European Talent Centres started the work of the European Talent Support Network on the 29th September 2015. You can see the list of the centres and the n ongoing number of registered European Talent Point on this map HERE. (Click to the respective Centre or Point for its web-site and detailed description.)
European Talent Points are the nodes of the European Talent Support Network. The notion of hubs (Talent Centres) and nodes (Talent Points) of the forming European Talent Support Network does not mean a hierarchical structure. European Talent Centres are considered as coordinating centers. European Talent Points are encouraged to develop contacts with any other European Talent Points or Centres. European Talent Points will be registered by a European Talent Centre.
Thanks to Annette Heinbokel, the Editor-in-Chief of the ECHA News the 2016 Spring issue of the ECHA News was published. The News contains reflections from the recent ECHA Conference in Vienna, accounts of gifted education in Denmark, Greece and Slovakia and the summaries of the International Session of the ECHA Conference giving short accounts of gifted education in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the USA. For ECHA members the ECHA News can be downloaded from here: http://echa.info/echa-products/content/21-newsletter-members and will also be received as an email attachment. If you are not a member of ECHA yet, you may become a member HERE.