My blogs about Gifted Education

Today I recieved from my publisher, Nova Science Publishers in USA an email. They sent me the book review to my book; Creativity in Gifted Children. The review was from Mrs. Jackie Drummer.

Who is Jackie Drummer?


Jackie Drummer is one the most passionate gifted educator that I have met in my life. I met her and her husband years ago at a conference in Warwick, UK. She always supported me and answered my questions about gifted education. I feel so good to call her my friend.

Jacquelyn Drummer, B.A., M.S., is a national consultant in gifted education. She has served as the President of the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted, and is a nationally certified SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted) facilitator and trainer. Jacquelyn has spent over four decades teaching gifted kids, educators, and parents. She is known for her compassion, creativity, practicality, and wicked sense of humor. In her spare time, she can be found reading, writing, traveling, playing with her four grandchildren, and making beautiful music with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

The Book Review

BOOK REVIEW Creativity in Gifted Children

Editor: Roya Klingner (The Global Center for Gifted and Talented Children, Munich, Germany)

As a gifted and talented coordinator and resource specialist for over four decades, it is with great pleasure that I recommend the book, Creativity in Gifted Children edited by Roya Klingner of the Global Center for Gifted and Talented Children in Munich, Germany. Gifted education has long sought to identify, quantify, and edify tools and strategies to deal with intellectual and academic talents in children and young adults. However, many of the other arguable areas of giftedness – leadership, the visual and performing arts, and creativity (to name a few) have not had as much serious scrutiny. This book seeks to remedy this, and to offer historical, present-day, and futuristic strategies and tools to identify and develop the talents of creatively gifted children and young adults. From a historical perspective, many of the tried-and-true theories and techniques utilized in identifying and developing creativity were re-explored in various chapters of this book. Citing Czikszentmihaly, deBono, Treffinger, Renzulli, Sternberg and Borland, among others, the authors anchored some of the present day theorists by paying homage to the great thinkers of the past. Whether describing creative endeavors as “little c” (day-to-day creative expressions) or “big C” (creativity which is oriented towards eminence or expertise in a particular field), grounding creativity as a “goal-oriented process with a highly practical value,” as “domain-specific or general-specific,” the question remains — now that we’ve found it (creativity), what do we do with it? Several of the chapters dealt with some specific implications for creativity in the 21st century. For example, some authors suggested that creativity in STEM fields — (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) — is enhanced by adding the arts, creating a STEAM-centric curriculum. The arts add an expressive outlet for emotion and aesthetics, and can be used to enhance a problem and product orientation of creativity. Another promising 21st century practice is to incorporate mindfulness as a tool to enhance creativity. The rapidly growing field of brain research is transforming the way we think about learning, and creativity will benefit from our new knowledge. Finally, the implications for creativity in an increasingly connected online world are endless. Connected knowledge, research, hypothesis, experimentation, vetting and celebration – all of these promise a global explosion of creativity that is no longer bound by time and space. Ironically, this compilation of readings on creativity began with the assertion that creativity itself needs time (intense periods and quiet interludes) and various safe spaces to grow. Perhaps our new understandings and this emerging “nearly now” online environment (Ken Kay, British learning technology consultant, EdLeader21) have found the perfect fertile ground for a new frontier in creativity? The contributors and editors of this book, Creativity in Gifted Children, have created significant food for thought, and a yearning for the future.

Jacquelyn Drummer, B.A., M.S., a national consultant in gifted education

Thank you dear Jackie!

Online Teacher Training

You are a teacher and you would like to learn more about Gifted Education? You would like to learn from our international experience in this field?

The Global Center for Gifted and Talented Children offers Online Teacher Training.

When you are ready to learn from home and in your free time, contact us.

Ask your questions and we would like to answer you!


Teacher Training for the Gifted and Talented Children

Online Teacher Training


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What is Creativity? Who is creative? How can I support a creative gifted child?

Illustration by Roya Klingner

Illustration by Roya Klingner

Find answers to your questions in our book: Creativity in Gifted Children

Book Description:
Defining creativity comprehensively explains what creativity is from an international diverse standpoint. At the same time, it makes for a concise and inspiring read that brings together everything there is to know about creativity and gifted children. This practical text is based on the newest research, and the described practice enables the reader to understand what creativity means and how we can develop potential in creative gifted children by creating a positive, constructive, and challenging curriculum along with a supportive learning environment for them.
This is a guide for teachers, parents and students. It is also aimed at educators, researchers and psychologists who work with children of advanced abilities and creativity. (Imprint: Nova)

A new year but …

Today I was working on the calender 2016 on our website and noticed that we have few International Conferences in Gifted Education in 2016.

Most of them are in USA and always the same speakers and repetition. People are losing motivation to attend conferences.

„We do not learn anything new at conferences“ said once a mother of a gifted child to me.

„What should I do there? I already knew everything what they are talking about.“ A Professor in Gifted Education from Europe told me.

I know it is not easy to organise a conference and make everyone happy about it but It is time to ask ourself before planning an international event or conference, what is our goal?

Are we really care for Gifted Children? or we just follow blind everyone else? or we just care for a politic way? or something else.

Fact is that I have changed my mind about International Conferences and to be honest I am disappointed about them.

It is time to think about this problem.


By the way I still think that for new teachers, parents and new gifted educators, who never attended an international conference in Gifted Education before,  it will help them to build their own opinion and if they are interested to visit a new place or networking with other people like minded, it is a good possibility.



Did you know?

Sometimes there are more than 1000 questions in my mind and I still have no answer for them but maybe you know why or maybe you do not, but ;

  • Did you know that we need new IQ tests but nobody cares or have money to make one. We still use the same things that we used 40 years ago?
  • Did you know, that we knew so many secrets about gifted educators around the world but we do not share them?
  • Did you know, there is no unity in Gifted Education community organisations & they bullying eachothers sometimes?
  • Did you know, that we survived cyberbullying and bullying and we are going to celebrate the 7th birthday of our center on November first 2015?
  • Did you know, there are still many myths about gifted kids?
  • Did you know, that not all gifted kids are top students with good grades?
  • Did you know, that many researchers & professors in gifted education are getting old or retired but we do not have new people to replace them?
  • Did you know, that Gifted Children are suffering in many countries around the world because teachers do not know about ?
  • Did you know, we need worldchangers to solve global problems?

Thank you for reading some of my questions but I hope we will find answers for them soon….

Did you know there is a day just for Gifted Children?

Did you know that we have Gifted Children all around the world?

Did you know that Gifted Children need our support?

The Global Center for Gifted Children will celebrate on August 10th, 2015, the International Day for Gifted Children.

Fact is that a day just for Gifted Children is very important because those kids are important for our world!

How could you celebrate it with us?

If you are a gifted child and you write poems, or blogs or story or paint/draw pictures or you play music or love math, or… send us about it and we will publish it on our website:

Do not forgot to send us about yourself, your age, your country,…

We will show the world that we care for gifted kids and Gifted Kids should show the world their talents and their interest.



Come on kids, joine us and celebrate this day with us! It is your Day!