In Lancaster, the organizers of the summer school are committed to widening participation and encouraging students from all different backgrounds to consider Higher Education. Each year over 6,000 students are welcome from schools and colleges across the UK to the campus.
The 14th International ECHA conference will take place in the beautiful city of Ljubljana this year from 17th to 20th September.
The theme of the conference is Re: thinking giftedness: Giftedness in the Digital Age.Through an examination of current theory, research and practice the conference will explore the possibilities and challenges that the “digital age” offers to the education of the gifted across the lifespan.
ECHA-training may lead to an ECHA Certificate of Advanced Studies in Gifted Education (CAS); ECHA Diploma of Advanced Studies in Gifted Education (DAS) or ECHA Master of Advanced Studies in Gifted Education (MAS) as detailed in the ECHA Training Guidelines document downloadable from here.
ECHA training joins the disciplines psychology, pedagogy and educational science. Aim of the training is to enlarge knowledge in the area of recognizing and supporting gifted children and adolescents. The training has a scientific base but is geared to practical situations, in and outside school. This means that, working with concrete, practical educational situations, we will always use scientific methods of research, description and evaluation. During the course practice will be proved, based on scientific theories about the subject. After this training, participants have knowledge about scientific developments in the area of giftedness and gifted education. They have knowledge about international theories for assessment and counseling concerning giftedness, are able to relate practice with (inter)national theories and judge new projects and developments, based on thorough theoretical knowledge. They also will be familiar with many (inter)national examples of good practice in assessment, counseling and therapy, in and outside school. Finally, participants will be part of a (inter)national network of ECHA Specialists in Gifted Education.
All qualified ECHA Trainings will be listed on this web-page as the qualification process proceeds.
The 2014 General Assembly of ECHA agreed that ECHA supports, regulates and guides the formation of a European Talent Support Network. A 'European Talent Support Activity Map' listing several organizations and individuals active in supporting talent young people can be found HERE. Aims and details of the European Talent Support Network can be found in the document downloadable from HERE. European Talent Centres will form the hubs of this Network, while European Talent Points will be its nodes. European Talent Points will be accredited by European Talent Centres during 2015. The General Assembly elected an Accreditation Committee to accredit European Talent Centres. The first call for the accreditation of European Talent Centres is expected by the end of 2014, and will be published on this web-site. The first European Talent Points will be accredited by European Talent Centres during 2015.
Pamela R. Clinkenbeard, Ph.D.
Professor of Educational Foundations; Co-Director, Challenging Advanced Learners Programs
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Dept. of Educational Foundations, UWW, 800 West Main St., Whitewater, WI 53190 USA
Dr. Pamela Clinkenbeard is Professor of Educational Foundations at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA, where she teaches educational psychology, educational research methods, and gifted education. Prof. Clinkenbeard received her Ph.D. in psychology and gifted education with Prof. John F. Feldhusen at Purdue University. She was on the board of the National Association for Gifted Children (USA), and currently serves on boards at Northwestern University (Center for Talent Development) and Purdue University (Gifted Education Resource Institute). She has written several book chapters and has published articles in Gifted Child Quarterly, Journal for Education of the Gifted, Roeper Review, and the European Journal of Psychological Assessment. She serves on the editorial review boards for Gifted Child Quarterly and Gifted and Talented International. She was on the faculty at Yale University working with the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, and is currently a Fulbright Specialist. Her research interests include student motivation, economic policy and gifted education, the neuroscience of giftedness, and diversity among the gifted.
Prof. Dr. Ugur Sak
Anadolu University Center for Research and Practice for High Ability Education
Phone number: 00905337452701
Prof. Dr. Uğur Sak
Üstün Zekalıların Eğitimi ABD Bşk.
ÜYEP Merkez Müdürü
Editör, Türk Üstün Zeka ve Eğitim Dergisi
Tel: +41 313 3232
After the teaching certificate (1983) and teaching for 20 years at the elementary school, Salomé Müller-Oppliger went back to study in the field of Gifted Education at the Neag Institute for the Gifted and Talented at University of Connecticut USA (Prof. Dr. Joseph Renzulli & Prof. Dr. Sally Reis), at the University of Education Northwestern Switzerland and at the University of Education in Vienna for her Master of Arts in Gifted Education and Talent Development. Together with Victor Mueller-Oppliger she built up the Master’s program on gifted education and talent development at the University Northwestern Switzerland (2003). She has been working as a professor in the field of gifted education with highly gifted children ever since and also at the University of Northwestern Switzerland with students and teachers. She is specialized in the diagnostic of gifted children and the counseling of their parents and schools. Salomé is also a lecturer and mentor for students at the teacher training college and holds seminars in didactic and methods of differentiation and collaborated learning. She helps schools to implement gifted education in their programs, holds workshops and seminars all over Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Being a member of the eVOCATIOn program in Germany, Austria and Switzerland she is also responsible for the courses in the pedagogical diagnostic and the implementing of gifted education at different schools and colleges in those countries. Since 2007 Salomé has been Swiss Delegate from the Worldcouncil for Gifted and Talented Children.
Elisabet Mellroth Specialist in Gifted Education
PhD student in Educational work
Department of Educational studies
+46 (0)54-540 16 72
+46 (0)70-35 21 222
Elisabet Mellroth is a doctoral student in educational work at Karlstad University, and her research is focused on giftedness in mathematics education. One important perspective in her work is to make sure that gifted pupils are included, both socially as well as pedagogically, in inclusive education. She leads professional development programs on gifted education for in-service teachers. In Sweden, as well as in other countries, she gives seminars and workshops on theories and methods in gifted education for student teachers, in-service teachers and school leaders. The National agency of education and other organizations has used her as an expert in giftedness, for example to give comments on reports or to participate in writing them. Elisabet is an upper secondary teacher in mathematics and chemistry and has an ECHA-diploma, Specialist in gifted education. The combination of her interest in giftedness and mathematics has resulted in that she initiated and runs math clubs and support national summer camps in mathematics for children. Find her researcherid and more about her on https://www.kau.se/forskare/elisabet-mellroth
Professor Blanka Bogunovic, Ph.D. in Psychology, B.A. in Music
University of Arts Belgrade, Faculty of Music
Kralja Milana 50, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Tel: + 381 11 2659 466
Tel/Fax: + 381 11 2643 598
Professor Blanka Bogunović, Ph.D. in Psychology and B.A. in Music (Flute) is affiliated as Full Professor of Psychology and teaches Psychology of giftedness in music, Psychology of music, Psychology of music performance and Education science, with the Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia, teaching on undergraduate, master and doctoral study levels, and at the University of Belgrade, Department for Psychology,. She has diverse professional experience: as university teacher and senior researcher, psychologist-councellor in specialist music school for gifted children and adolescents, lecturer at music tearchers’ training courses, psychotherapist, as well as a music teacher and chamber music performer. Blanka Bogunović is the author of the book Musical talent and successfulness (2008/2010) that received National Award for contribution to Psychology in Serbia (2009) and co-editor of the book School and family cooperation (2007). Special interests in research fields: giftedness in music, education and expertize in the field of music, as well as interdisciplinary studies in psychology and music. She is the co-author of the book Interdisciplinary research in music: Listening, performing, composing (2014). She published in international and national journals, international proceedings and participated at conferences in Serbia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Greece, France, United Kingdom, Finland and Macedonia. She carries on the running project theme Giftedness in music, arts and dance at the Institute for Psychology, University of Belgrade.
Dr. Ludmila Popova
Miklukho-Maklai Str., 39-1-191