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Head of World Council for Gifted visits UI's Belin-Blank Center April 7

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Wu-Tien Wu, president of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, will discuss gifted and talented programs for children in Taiwan as part of a visit Monday, April 7 to the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa College of Education.

The Belin-Blank Center has been the international headquarters for the World Council since 1995.

Wu, a faculty member at National Taiwan Normal University, will lead a one-hour staff seminar at 11 a.m. in the Belin-Blank Center. The seminar is geared toward faculty, staff and students of the Center, but is open to the public.

Founded in 1975, the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children is an organization of educators, parents, educational institutions and others interested in providing academically exceptional students worldwide with the support, programming and educational opportunities they need to fulfill their potential.

Currently, the World Council includes members from more than 40 countries.

Nicholas Colangelo, director of the Belin-Blank Center and Myron and Jacqueline Blank Professor of Gifted Education, is the executive administrator for the World Council, the first person to hold that position.

As the headquarters of the international group, the Belin-Blank Center is responsible for organizing the World Council's international conference every two years. The biennial event will be July 29-Aug. 2 in Seattle, Wash.

The Belin-Blank Center also serves as the clearinghouse for educators seeking information and assistance on gifted education programs, helps coordinate teacher training in different countries and helps coordinate international research projects.