The 2014 General Assembly of ECHA agreed that ECHA supports, regulates and guides the formation of a European Talent Support Network.
The financial reports contain the opening balance, detailed incomes and outgoes and closing balance for each year.
The 14th International ECHA conference will take place in the beautiful city of Ljubljana this year from 17th September to 20th September. The theme of the conference is Re: thinking giftedness: Giftedness in the Dig¬ital Age. In the following video, the president (Prof. Péter Csermely), vice-president (Prof Dr. Christian Fischer), and committee members invite you to Ljubljana. Have a useful professional experience and enjoyable stay in the Slovenian capital! We are looking forward to meeting in Ljubljana!
ECHA-training may lead to an ECHA Certificate of Advanced Studies in Gifted Education (CAS); ECHA Diploma of Advanced Studies in Gifted Education (DAS) or ECHA Master of Advanced Studies in Gifted Education (MAS) as detailed in the ECHA Training Guidelines document downloadable from here.
ECHA training joins the disciplines psychology, pedagogy and educational science. Aim of the training is to enlarge knowledge in the area of recognizing and supporting gifted children and adolescents. The training has a scientific base but is geared to practical situations, in and outside school. This means that, working with concrete, practical educational situations, we will always use scientific methods of research, description and evaluation. During the course practice will be proved, based on scientific theories about the subject. After this training, participants have knowledge about scientific developments in the area of giftedness and gifted education. They have knowledge about international theories for assessment and counseling concerning giftedness, are able to relate practice with (inter)national theories and judge new projects and developments, based on thorough theoretical knowledge. They also will be familiar with many (inter)national examples of good practice in assessment, counseling and therapy, in and outside school. Finally, participants will be part of a (inter)national network of ECHA Specialists in Gifted Education.
All qualified ECHA Trainings will be listed on this web-page as the qualification process proceeds.
The 2014 General Assembly of ECHA agreed that ECHA supports, regulates and guides the formation of a European Talent Support Network. A 'European Talent Support Activity Map' listing several organizations and individuals active in supporting talent young people can be found HERE. Aims and details of the European Talent Support Network can be found in the document downloadable from HERE. European Talent Centres will form the hubs of this Network, while European Talent Points will be its nodes. European Talent Points will be accredited by European Talent Centres during 2015. The General Assembly elected an Accreditation Committee to accredit European Talent Centres. The first call for the accreditation of European Talent Centres is expected by the end of 2014, and will be published on this web-site. The first European Talent Points will be accredited by European Talent Centres during 2015.
High Ability Studies is included in Social Sciences Citation Index, which makes it one of the most important journals in Gifted Education.
High Ability Studies provides a forum for scholars in a variety of disciplines associated with the development of human abilities to their highest level. It is a medium for the promotion of high ability, whether through the communication of scientific research, theory, or the exchange of practical experience and ideas.
The contents of this journal are unique in reflecting concerns and recent developments in this area from childhood and across the whole life span in a variety of contexts. Far from being restricted to the traditional focus on high-level cognitive development, it also presents investigations into all other areas of human endeavour, including sport, technology, the arts, business, management and social relations.
The journal is concerned with aspects of development, personality, cognition, social behaviour and cross-cultural issues in relation to high ability. Theoretical modelling and measurement techniques, as well as instructional strategies and curriculum issues, are of interest. Consequently, the journal presents material which is relevant to researchers in the field, to managers who have highly able individuals employed, to policy makers who need to find frameworks by which to make the best use of high ability in society, to mentors, coaches, teachers, counsellors and parents of highly able children. Furthermore, the contents are not restricted to the study of manifest high level achievement, but include the identification and nurturance of unexercised potential.
Heidrun Stoeger (Editor-in-Chief), Ulm, Germany
Kurt A. Heller, Munich, Germany
Ernest C.D.M. van Lieshout, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Judy L. Lupart, Calgary, Canada
The journal appears twice yearly, in June and December.
It is published by Taylor & Frances, Carfax Publishing,
4 Park Square, Milton Park, ABINGDON, OX14 4RN, U.K.
Members of ECHA receive the journal free of charge.
For more information please visit the journal's homepage.
Johanna M. Raffan
NACE, National Centre
P.O. Box 242, Arnolds Way
Oxford 0X 29FR, UK
Tel. +44 1865 861879
Fax +44 1865 861880
Johanna Raffan is a Trustee for the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE), she is a founder member and a Past President. She had thirty four years experience of working in Nursery, Primary and Middle schools, and was a headteacher for twenty five years. She was a member of the ECHA Executive and Secretary for 8 years, and is now an Honorary Member. She is the UK delegate to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. Her experiences in the field of gifted education over 40 plus years has led her to lecture throughout the world and she was the Consultant for More Able and Talented education for five years to the Government of Madeira and ten years for the Government of Wales. She has written numerous articles, contributed chapters to a number of books and published materials for use by Able, Gifted and Talented pupils.
Johanna is a Fellow of The College of Teachers and is currently Vice President and Secretary, with particular responsibility for all the College's EU Projects
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Federation Councillor for Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland.
Dr. Ole Kyed
18 Caroline Amalievej
Authorized psychologist 1977
1980 - 2016 deputy chief psychologist at the Municipality of Lyngby-Taarbaek, as well as private practice mainly for gifted and talented children for about 20 years.
1984-1990 board member of the Danish National Association for school psychologists
1986– 1988 functioned as psychologist at the Danish section of the International School in Brussels
1996 and 1997 – worked with inclusive education projects in Kenya and Nepal for Danida under the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
1998-2006 chairman of UNICEF Denmark.
2006-2012 member of the Danish National Council for Children.
From the 1990’es Danish delegate of ECHA and World Council for Gifted and Talented Children.
Author of several articles in Danish media about gifted children and gifted education in Danish schools.
Author, co-author and editor of 5 books in Danish, on gifted children and talents in school.
Ph Dr. Eva Vondráková
15500 Praha 5
Tel. ++420 606 54 11 87 (mobil)
Eva Vondráková is a psychologist, co-founder of the Czechoslovak ECHA branch (1989), president of the Association for Talent and Giftedness (Společnost pro talent a nadání – STaN). Author and co-author of projects: "Centre for the Development of Giftedness" (1990), the Mensa Gymnasium (1991), a system of the care for gifted children (1993, 2001) for the Ministry of Education. She lectures to teachers and students of education.
She organizes the STaN seminars as well as lectures for parents at her clubs for parents (and teachers) of gifted children. Her many activities and writings serve to popularise ECHA, WCGTC, NYEX, ICIE etc. and stress the importance of the development of potential in children. Her professional experience has been with counselling centres for school children and the resident school psychologist. At present she is a psychologist at the private Centrum Filip.
Chair of the local organizing committee of the 19.WCGTC conference in Prague (2011). Initiator and co-organizer of the 1st summer school for children (5-16) interested in science – realized in July 2012, in cooperation with GMK Bílovec (Mikulas Kopernik´s Grammar School near Ostrava). Since January 2012 chief of a group of experts and practicioners in GC education, invited for cooperation by the Ministry of Education.