The 20th Global Virtual Meeting for Gifted Education - May 26th 2012

Heads up! The Global Center for Gifted and Talented Children is holding the next "Global Virtual Meeting for Gifted Education in Second Life", May 26th 2012 at 9 p.m. CEST. Invited speaker is Prof. Dr. Françoys Gagné(Canada).

Topic:"Building talents on the foundations of giftedness."

Professor Françoys Gagné is a French Canadian from Montreal, Quebec. He obtained in 1966 his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Montreal. Dr. Gagné has spent most of his professional career in the department of Psychology, at l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

After a decade of research on student evaluations of teaching, he became interested in talent development in the late 1970s. Although his research brought him to study a variety of subjects within the field of gifted education (e.g., attitudes toward the gifted and their education, peer nominations, developmental profiles), he is best known internationally for his theory of talent development, the Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent (DMGT), which has been endorsed by various educational authorities as their framework to define their target population and plan intervention provisions.

Professor Gagné has won major awards in the field of gifted education, among them NAGC’s prestigious Distinguished Scholar Award (1996), and two awards from the Mensa Society. Although retired from his UQAM professorship since 2001, Dr. Gagné maintains international publishing and keynoting activities.

 Title : Honorary professor of Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal.

Josh Shaine is a migrant teacher, whose 30+ years in education include teaching and directing various programs for the MIT Educational Studies Program, serving as headmaster at an alternative school for 7th - 12th grade gifted disgruntled students, and working for public schools as a math teacher (6th grade & gifted pull out), play director, and home tutor. More recently, Josh has been teaching classes for the Voyagers Homeschool Cooperative & Resource Center, on whose board of directors he sits.
In his copious spare time, he runs the Beyond IQ conference series for/about HG/PG children and their families (, takes classes toward his masters in counseling, and slowly researches/writes about giftedness, underachievement, and non-linear thinking styles.