Dr. Colm O'Reilly
Dublin City University
Colm O’Reilly PhD is the Director of the Irish Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI) at Dublin City University. CTYI provides fast paced classes for academically talented students aged 6 – 16 years from all over Ireland and overseas. Currently the Centre caters for over 5000 students per annum and it is the only recognised teaching centre for gifted children in the Republic of Ireland. CTYI run over 120 academic courses annually for gifted students. Colm has worked in the area of gifted and talented education for the last 15 years and has published articles and presented papers at numerous conferences around the world. He has experience in teacher training for gifted students around Ireland and is responsible for the implementation of many classes and initiatives for gifted children and teachers in Ireland. Colm has recently been appointed as Secretary of the European Council for High Ability and serves on Advisory Boards for gifted programmes in Virginia, Arizona and Maryland.
The General Committee of ECHA decided that from 2017 ECHA membership has a quarterly structure, meaning that ECHA membership expires at the end of the 4th quarter year after its payment (e.g. on December 31st 2017 in case you pay your membership until 31st March, on March 31st 2018, if you pay in the next quarter, etc.). Members who apply or renew their membership until March 31st, will receive the Spring ECHA News to their email address and the first issue of High Ability Studies -- if they are full members (student members can receive the journal by paying a nominal fee of 27 EUR at this page: http://echa.info/membership). Members paying their fee until September 30th will receive the Fall ECHA News and the second issue of High Ability Studies. We encourage you to become a member of ECHA/renew your membership before March 31st to enjoy the full benefits of your ECHA membership in 2017. Please apply/renew today here: http://echa.info/membership.
International ECHA Conferences were and remained biannual summits of European talent support in the last close to three decades. Every two years, the International ECHA conference brings together scientists and practitioners who are dedicated to the field of gifted education and talent support. On one hand, organizing an International ECHA Conference is a time-consuming and exhausting task. On the other hand, it is a rewarding, enriching and satisfying mission, which gives the possibility to you, the Organizer team, to show the world that your country and your organization stand up for the highly able people of all ages, and gives many long-term benefits.
The General Committee of ECHA invites organizations involved in gifted education or help of highly able young people in Europe to submit their application to organize the 17th International ECHA Conference in September 2020.
The Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network has elected its first Council for the years of 2016 to 2018. Members of the Council are: Marco Agozzino (Italy), Armin Fabian (Romania), Liliana Gerse (Austria), Lukas Kyzlik (Czech Republic) and Elle Loughran (Ireland). ECHA wishes all of them a very successful organization of the cooperation of gifted and talented young people in Europe.
Due to the more pronounced role of ECHA in the organization of European talent support (promoting the cooperation with many other continents too) there is a spectacularly increased interest and activity related to the Facebook page of ECHA. We had 500 members in February, 750 in October, and in mid-December we passed the 1000-membership level of ECHAGroup. There is more than one new post per day on exciting news, interesting questions, and cooperation proposals. Many thanks for all contributors to this whealth of information on gifted education and talent support! If you are on Facebook, and you have not done so yet, please join our community!
The EGIFT project is and Erasmus+ funded project with the goal of helping educators in mainstream classrooms to provide appropriate educational opportunities for gifted students in their classes. To serve this goal we propose to increase the competency and skills of these educators through the use of an Open Educational Resource, or OER; and a number of training events taking place across Europe.
On the 28th of October 2016 the representatives of the European and Associated European Talent Centres met for the second time. The meeting was held in Budapest organised by the European Talent Centre – Budapest. Out of the 19 Talent Centres 16 were represented at the meeting where the Hungarian Minister of State for Family, Youth and International Affairs, Katalin Novák was also present during the celebration of the newly qualified 5 centres. The Academy for Talented Youth from Denmark, the South German Talent Centre from Germany, the Centre for Talented Youth Greece at Anatolia College from Greece and the Tribal Mensa Centre from India got their certificates for being qualified as a European Talent Centre from from Lianne Hoogeveen, the Chair of the Qualification Committee, from Peter Csermely, the President of ECHA and from Katalin Novák, the Minister of State. Unfortunately, the new Peruvian Associated Talent Centre, the Future Minds, was not able to participate at the ceremony.
Thus the number of European Talent Centres increased to 19 (including the two Associated European Talent Centres) during the past two years. The Network has now close to 300 participating organizations from 39 countries all over the world. Due to this rapid expansion it became necessary to elect a Network Council in order to represent and coordinate the affairs of the Network the most effective way. The Network Council election process took place between 15 September and 24 October and had two phases: the nomination phase and the voting process. During the meeting Lianne Hoogeveen, the Caretaker of the election summarized the results of the voting process: 62% of total possible votes from 27 countries were received; 79% of Talent Centres voted. All the five Network Council nominees were elected with 76% of votes or more.
After the Celebration part of the meeting the Talent Centre representatives discussed and decided on several issues in connection with the future development of the European Talent Support Network. After the meeting of the representatives the newly elected Network Council also held its first meetings on the 28th and on the 29th of October with the participation of Armin Fabian, as the representative of its Youth Platform. We all wish the Network a very successful cooperation! Details and calls of joint projects will be published on this web-site in the coming weeks and months. The Network is open for new participants, the registration of Talent Points will be re-opened in February and the 3rd round of Talent Centre applications will be opened in March.
The European Talent Support Network has now close to 300 cooperating organizations from 39 countries total representing Europe and many other continents. After the nomination of the members of the Network Council by the representatives of 19 European Talent Centres, the Talent Centres and Talent Points voted for the Council. Lianne Hoogeveen was asked to be the Caretaker of the vote. 62% of all possible votes were received (including 79% of Talent Centre votes). Antonios Apostolou, Csilla Fuszek (coordinator), Mojca Jurisevic, Colm O'Reilly and Albert Ziegler were elected as members of the first Network Council by 76% of the votes or more. Their mandate is until 31 December 2018. Armin Fabian, the representative of the Youth Platform of the European Talent Support Network is an invited member of the Council meetings. They will help the cooperation of the European Talent Support Network including the initiation of several joint actions. See the CV-s of Council members here.