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2014 MCG Conference

MCG LogoThe Institute for the Development of Gifted Education hosted the 2014 International Group for Mathematical Creativity and Giftedness (MCG) Conference on the University of Denver's campus, July 28-30, 2014.

This conference was aimed at promoting mathematical creativity and giftedness in students of all ages and backgrounds, and in supporting interested mathematics educators, mathematicians, researchers and other individuals.


 Conference Program


8th International Mathematical Creativity and Giftedness, Conference Proceedings, can be found on the MCG website.

2013: "Engaging The Mind & Heart - Character Education for Gifted Learners"

  • The 4th IDGE Conference was held Oct. 17-18, 2013.
  • The focus was on Character Education for Gifted Learners
  • Keynote speaker, Dr. Marvin W. Berkowitz, focused on the fundamentals of effective character education and the opportunities for applying those practices to gifted education. 
  • Dr. Sylvia Rimm, received the Institute's Inaugural Palmarium Award and gave the lunchtime address.  Her address focused on how parents and educators can guide and encourage gifted children toward fulfilling their potential with the goal of developing character and creativity that will permit gifted young people to make positive contributions to society.
  • October 17th featured a full day of concurrent sessions.  October 18th featured a half-day site visit to the Ricks Center for Gifted Children.
  • The goals of the conference were to:
  1.  Provide networking opportunities for participants related to character education of gifted learners.                  
  2. Engage in discussion regarding the needs and considerations of gifted learners related to affective character development.
  3. Become versed in current and pertinent research in the fields of Character Education and Gifted Education.

2011: "Articulate, Adamant and Abstract: Unwrapping the Gifted Adolescent"

  • The 3rd Annual IDGE Conference was held Oct. 12-13, 2011.
  • The focus was on gifted adolescents, and Dr. Tonya Moon—the keynote speaker—focused on authentic assessment and brain research related to gifted adolescents.
  • The goals of the conference were to:
    1. Provide networking opportunities for participants related to curriculum and pedagogy for adolescent gifted learners.
    2. Engage in discussion regarding needs and considerations of adolescent gifted learners.
    3. Become versed in current and pertinent research in the field of Gifted Education.

2010: "Joys and Intensities: The Challenges and Delights of Young Gifted Children"

  • The Institute hosted its 2nd Annual IDGE Conference Oct. 20-21, 2010.
  • The focus of this conference was on young gifted children, preschool to third grade, and research-based practices for early childhood gifted students. Dr. Patricia Hollingsworth presented the keynote speech.
  • The goals of the conference were to:
    1. Provide networking opportunities related to curriculum and pedagogy for participants who engage with young gifted learners.
    2. Engage in discussions regarding needs and considerations of young gifted learners.
    3. Become versed in current and pertinent research in the field of Gifted Education.

2009: "Greatest Potential, Greatest Need: Soaring Beyond Expectations—A Conference on Highly Gifted Children"

  • In 2009, The Institute for the Development of Gifted Education hosted its first conference, "Greatest Potential, Greatest Need: Soaring Beyond Expectations—A Conference on Highly Gifted Children."
  • Dr. Linda Silverman and Joan Smutny served as our keynote speakers. They focused on various topics related to highly gifted individuals.
  • The goals of the conference were to:
    1. Provide networking opportunities for participants that engage with highly gifted learners related curriculum.
    2. Engage in discussion regarding needs and considerations of highly gifted learners.
    3. Become versed in current and pertinent research in the field of gifted education.
  • In 2011, the conference proceedings and selected articles were published in a new monograph, "Greatest Potential, Greatest Need: Soaring Beyond Expectations—Conference Proceedings and Selected Articles Focusing on the Highly Gifted."