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Professor Anne Looney

Professor Anne Looney

How universities can support talent development

David Cuartielles

David Cuartielles

How technology can help gifted education

Professor Francoys Gagne

Professor Francoys Gagne

Following talent development from DNA to outstanding achievements

Professor Heidrun Stoeger

Professor Heidrun Stoeger

The self-regulated learning skills that every gifted student needs: A research review

Professor Anne Looney

Professor Anne Looney

How universities can support talent development

Bio

David Cuartielles

David Cuartielles

How technology can help gifted education

Bio

Professor Francoys Gagne

Professor Francoys Gagne

Following talent development from DNA to outstanding achievements

Bio

Professor Heidrun Stoeger

Professor Heidrun Stoeger

The self-regulated learning skills that every gifted student needs: A research review

Bio

Professor Johnathan Plucker

Professor Johnathan Plucker

Helping students become more creative: Surprising research and major unknowns

Professor Karine Vershueren

Professor Karine Vershueren

Classroom social relationships as contexts for child and adolescent development

Professor Tracy Cross

Professor Tracy Cross

The lived experience of gifted students in school: 25 years of research on the stigma of giftedness and social coping

Professor Johnathan Plucker

Professor Johnathan Plucker

Helping students become more creative: Surprising research and major unknowns

Bio

Professor Karine Vershueren

Professor Karine Vershueren

Classroom social relationships as contexts for child and adolescent development

Bio

Professor Tracy Cross

Professor Tracy Cross

The lived experience of gifted students in school: 25 years of research on the stigma of giftedness and social coping

Bio

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Professor Tracy Cross

Tracy L. Cross, Ph.D., holds an endowed chair, Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Psychology and Gifted Education, and is the executive director of the Center for Gifted Education and the Institute for Research on the Suicide of Gifted Students at The College of William and Mary. He has published more than 150 articles, book chapters, and columns; made more than 300 presentations at conferences; and published ten books. He received the Distinguished Service Award from The Association for the Gifted (TAG) and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), the Early Leader, Early Scholar and Distinguished Scholar Awards from NAGC, and in 2009 was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the MENSA Education and Research Foundation. He has edited seven journals and is the current editor of the Journal for the Education of the Gifted. He is the current president of TAG and is president emeritus of NAGC. He is married to Dr. Jennifer Riedl Cross and lives in Williamsburg, Virginia with their French Bulldog Stu.

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Professor Karine Vershueren

Karine Verschueren is full professor and head of the research unit School Psychology and Development in Context at KU Leuven, Belgium. In 1996 she obtained her PhD in the domain of developmental psychology. In 2000 she was appointed as professor in school psychology. She investigates the psychosocial and academic development of children and adolescents in schools (e.g., self-esteem, academic engagement), and the risk and protective factors for this development. Specifically, she focuses on the role of teacher-student and peer interactions as contexts for child and adolescent development. She investigates these processes not only in general student populations, but more recently also among highly able students. Her teaching involves developmental and school psychology, including school psychological assessment.

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Professor Francoys Gagne

Professor Françoys Gagné is from Montreal, Quebec, born October 6, 1940. After skipping three grades, he obtained his M.A. in Philosophy (Psychology) in 1962 and his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 1966, both from the University of Montreal. Dr. Gagné has spent most of his professional career (1978-2001) in the Department of Psychology, at l’Université du Québec à Montréal. After a decade of research on student evaluations of teaching (1967-1977), 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, he is best known internationally for his theory of talent development, the Differentiating 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.

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David Cuartielles

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Professor Heidrun Stoeger

Professor Heidrun Stoeger, PhD, is full professor for educational sciences at the University of Regensburg, Germany. She holds the Chair for School Research, School Development, and Evaluation. She is vice president of the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE). She is also a member of the editorial board of the German journal Talent Development and served from 2007 to 2014 as editor in chief of the journal High Ability Studies. She has published more than 250 articles, chapters, and books on giftedness, self-regulated learning, motivation, fine motor skills, and teacher education. She is a member of several national and international scientific boards and expert commissions in the field of giftedness research and gifted education.

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Professor Anne Looney

Anne has recently taken up the post of Executive Dean of Dublin City University’s new Institute of Education. From 2001 until 2016 she was the CEO of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, the agency responsible for curriculum and assessment for early years, primary and post-primary education in Ireland. She held the position of Interim CEO at the Higher Education Authority until March of this year. A former teacher, she completed her doctoral studies at the Institute of Education in University College London. In 2014/2015 she was Professorial Research Fellow at the Learning Science Institute Australia, based at Australian Catholic University in Brisbane. Her current research interests include assessment policy and practice, curriculum, teacher identity and professional standards for teachers and teaching. She has also published on religious, moral and civic education, and education policy. She has conducted reviews for the OECD on school quality and assessment systems. She is a member of the boards of Early Childhood Ireland, and the Ark Cultural Centre for Children.

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Professor Johnathan Plucker

Jonathan Plucker is the Julian C. Stanley Endowed Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University, where he works in the Center for Talented Youth and School of Education. His research examines creativity and intelligence, education policy, and talent development, with over 200 publications to his credit. Recent books include Excellence Gaps in Education with Scott Peters (Harvard Ed Press), Intelligence 101 with Amber Esping (Springer), Creativity and Innovation (Prufrock), and Toward a More Perfect Psychology with Matt Makel (APA). Prof. Plucker is the recipient of the 2012 Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement from APA and 2013 Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children. He is president-elect of NAGC.