First ever Global virtual meeting for Gifted Education in secondlife! 28.08.2010

On August 28th 2010 the first Global Virtual Meeting for Gifted Education took place in SecondLife! Avatars from Australia, USA, Ireland, UK and Germany attended.

Topic: Solution Oriented Therapy for Gifted Children

Speaker: Roya Klingner

Roya Klingner is the Head and Founder of Bavarian Center for Gifted and Talented Children. She is the German Delegate in World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC), member of European Council for High Ability (ECHA) and member of International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE). Roya Klingner has a unique and diverse background, having worked in all year levels and many specialist areas during a career in both Government and Independent schools in different countries and cultures over the past years. Her philosophy as an educator is a reflection of current best-practice teaching and learning. She has experience in the development and application of Professional Learning programmes, assisting and supporting staff to implement new and innovative programmes into their classrooms. Roya Klingner is a Solution Oriented Therapist for Gifted Children. The first president of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, Dr. Iraj Broomand, started a program for gifted and talented children in Iran 33 years ago. At that time, Roya Klingner was a little girl, who was different from other children of the same age. Her kindergarten teacher noticed her giftedness and advised her parents to send her to that school. After the iranian revolution she was forced to visit a "normal" school, where she was bored and unhappy. These experiences motivated her to find ways to spare other gifted children from making the same sad experiences.Her main interests in the field of talent development and excellence are underachievement, teacher trainings, learning and motivational training programs, development of creativity and solution oriented counseling for Gifted and Talented children. Her goal now is to support and help Gifted and Talented Children around the world.

Goal of the event

Exploring the possibilities of Gifted Education in Second Life The purpose of the conference is to cultivate a global virtual meeting, sharing knowledge and experience about gifted education for students, educators, teachers and parents. Additional lectures by different presenters are planned.


Comment by a participant:I found it a very exciting and fulfilling experience to participate in the first global virtual meeting for gifted children in Second Life. To listen to a lecture in my home that was being delivered from another country half way around the world was incredible! To be able to interact with Roya and other attendees of the conference only enhanced the experience for me. I see so much potential for this kind of interface and look forward to the next conference.

An Interview with Roya Klingner: Meet Me in Second Life

The second Global Virtual Meeting for Gifted Education - Oct. 2.2010 at 9pm CEST in secondlife

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The third Global Virtual Meeting for Gifted Education - Nov. 19.2010 at 9pm CEST in secondlife

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Invited Speaker: Dr. Monita Leavitt from USA.

Monita Leavitt, Ph.D.

Monita Leavitt, Ph.D., lives in Connecticut, USA, and has been an educator for more than 30 years, including 20 years as a gifted education teacher. In 2002, she was granted a sabbatical to begin her doctoral studies in England on Lithuanian Teachers' Perceptions and Practices of Gifted Education. A member of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA) and the World Gifted Council, Monita works as a gifted education consultant and trains teachers in Differentiation for High Ability Children. She is the Academic Dean of SIG (Summer Institute for the Gifted) at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. Monita received her Ph.D. from Oxford Brookes University, England; M.S. at Central Connecticut State University, CT, and B.A. at Moravian College, PA. Her work has been published in educational journals, including the International Journal for Gifted and Talented (2009). She is the author of Building a Gifted Program: Identifying and Educating Gifted Students in Your School (2007). In 2009, Monita received the Benigna Education Award from Moravian College. Monita has presented at the ECHA Conference (2010), Asia-Pacific Conference (2008), National Gifted Conferences, and the World Gifted Conference in Barcelona, Warwick and Vancouver. She is listed in Who's Who of International Educators, and currently represents the Northeast and Gifted Education for the National Board of Professional Teachers Standards (NBPTS).

Topic: "Gifted Children and Future Problem Solving"

An Interview with Monita Leavitt, Ph.D.: Presentation In Second Life

The fourth Global virtual meeting in secondlife will be held on Saturday January 29, 2011, at 9pm CEST, 8pm UK.

Invited speakers are Dr. Deborah Ruf from USA, Mary St George from New Zealand.


Deborah Ruf, Ph.D.

Deborah Ruf, Ph.D., Minneapolis, is a specialist in gifted assessment, test interpretation, and guidance for the gifted. A 2007 recipient of the national Intellectual Benefits Award from the Mensa Education & Research Foundation, she was the National Gifted Children Program Coordinator for American Mensa from 2003 to 2008. Having been a parent, teacher, and administrator in elementary through graduate education, she writes and speaks about school issues and social and emotional adjustment of gifted children. Her award-winning book, 5 Levels of Gifted: School Issues and Educational Options (2005) (formerly titled Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind), summarizes "levels of intelligence" and highlights the spectrum of giftedness in children. For more information see or

Mary St George

Mary St George first trained as an occupational therapist, but when her gifted children began their schooling she realised that their needs were not being met. She retrained as a teacher, with the goal of making a difference for gifted children in New Zealand schools. This ambitious goal is still a work in progress. Mary studied education at the University of Waikato, and gifted education at Massey University. Mary has taught gifted children aged 3-14, and currently works for The Gifted Education Centre in New Zealand, teaching gifted children online and face-to-face.

Mary has presented on gifted education at the Reaching Forward conference in 2009, and the 11th Asia Pacific Conference on Giftedness in 2010, and has presented on online learning at New Zealand Shar-E-Fest 2010.