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Happy International Education Week! #IEW2014

Posted by Categories: Gifted Students, International Education

It’s International Education Week and what a perfect time to enhance our awareness of the importance of nurturing our most talented youth across the globe. The collective problems, issues, and concerns that we face on a worldwide basis are matched only by the immense human resources available to tackle those concerns. These problems will be inherited by the most capable, skilled, and aware generation of all time.  They have immense resources at their disposal, both tangible and intangible. They are growing into a world that feels increasingly smaller and flat, as travel, communications channels, and global knowledge expand. As educators, we have an immense responsibility to ensure that gifted students receive the support, advocacy, programs, and services that will send them into their adult lives with the purpose, skill, and self –confidence needed to feel prepared and eager to face the challenges before them.


Here at NSGT, we have learned much from our international students. We have learned that they are eager for new experiences and new knowledge, that they enrich our class discussions with their additional points of view, and that they are very much like our American students in their personalities, social media fascination, and desire to have fun! Summer Institute for the Gifted, a program of our organization, even renamed its second sessions at Berkeley and Yale as SIG Global to recognize the importance of having gifted students think globally, share their commonalities and concerns, and study together as a collaborative learning community.

As a national non-profit, NSGT’s Board of Trustees felt the need to advocate for gifted students beyond US borders as evidenced in its mission, which is to advance the development of gifted, talented, and high potential youth, in the United States and abroad, through opportunities, advocacy, and exemplary programs and practices. Other organizations note the importance of worldwide gifted education as well. A few of our fellow organizations working on an international level include the World Council for Gifted and Talented, IGGY, IGET, and the dozens of Torrance Centers for Creativity Development spreading out across the world, to mention a few.

Please share with us what you are doing to increase the international awareness of global gifted education as well as what you do with your students to enhance their appreciation of their place in the world. By sharing our successes and challenges, we can work together to co-create an exciting future for all.

All the best,

Dr. Barbara Swicord, Ed.D.
Executive Director, National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT)
President, Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG)

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