Early College Programs Represented at International Conference

September 7, 2011

Mary Baldwin’s accomplishments in educating gifted girls took the spotlight during the World Conference of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children in Prague August 8–12.

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More than 450 people participated in the 19th biennial conference, which brought together leaders in the field of gifted education to share their knowledge and experiences across cultures. Among them was Mary Baldwin’s own Stephanie Ferguson.

Ferguson, executive director of Early College and Director of the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG), presented a peer-reviewed paper, Radical Acceleration and Gifted Girls, to an audience of more than 50 conference attendees. Her paper presented a synthesis of current research regarding radical acceleration — skipping more than two grade levels at one time — gifted girls and their educational needs, and the unique cognitive and affective opportunities provided by women’s colleges.

Educators, parents, and students from 57 countries attended the conference in the Czech Republic to share the latest scholarship and information regarding gifted education. The forum was sponsored by the Czech-Moravian Psychological Society and the Pearson group of publishers and organized in partnership with the Association for Talent and Giftedness, the Czech Technical University in Prague, and Masaryk University.