The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC), described in this entry was founded in London, England in 1975 at an international conference for gifted and talented children, chaired by Henry Collis, a prominent educator of the gifted and director of the National Association for Gifted Children in England. His vision evolved into a nonprofit organization of educators in the field of gifted education that spans the globe today.

The First Conference

The first conference was attended by more 500 people from 53 countries. Here, Harold C. Lyon, director of the Office of Gifted and Talented, from the United States, proposed that the participants join in a worldwide initiative to form a permanent organization to advocate for the gifted children of the world. In response, 150 ...

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