Saturday, August 2nd, 2003
Keynote Address - Invited Speaker

Completed B.A.
(Hons), Dip.Ed. at Sydney University, and taught English and History at the Secondary level.

Served two terms as the Vice President of the New South Wales Association for Gifted and Talented Children Inc.

Completed the inaugural Certificate of Gifted Education and obtained her Master of Education and PhD degrees at the University of New South Wales - specialising entirely in the field of Gifted Education.

She has been lecturing in Gifted Education at the University of New South Wales since her appointment in 1994, as well as consulting schools on the ways in which they can meet the needs of their gifted students.

She has been an invited presenter at regional, national and international conferences. She was a keynote presenter at the Western Australian State Conference on Gifted Education in 1996 and the Australian International Conference in Melbourne in 1997. She was an also an invited speaker at the Wallace Symposium at the University of Iowa in May 2000.

Her major research interests are the social and emotional development of the gifted, curriculum design and program evaluation, as well as creating a curriculum to meet the affective and motivational needs of gifted students.


Sunday, August 3rd 2003
Keynote Address - Invited Speaker 


Dr. Sandra N. Kaplan is an Associate Clinical Professor, Learning and Instruction at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. She has authored books and articles regarding differentiated curriculum and instruction. Current work includes Transition Curriculum for Gifted Students of Diversity, Think Like a Disciplinarian, and Advance Reading Strategies. She is one of three authors on the 2002 SRA McGraw Hill Open Court Classics series for high ability readers.


Sandra has served as President of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and the California Association for the Gifted (CAG). She also serves on the Editorial Board of the national magazine Gifted Child Today and is currently a member of the World Council Executive Committee.  


Sunday, August 3rd 2003
Special Strand- Information and Communication Technology
Keynote Addresses - Invited Speaker
  TOM MARCH (Australia)


Tom March worked with Bernie Dodge for three years developing the WebQuest concept.  Since moving to Australia in 1998, he has branched off with his own educational consultancy and Web design firm,  He regularly keynotes, writes, and facilitates workshops focused on aspects of “Working the Web for Education.”  He has been instrumental in developing the WebQuest model, designing tools for teachers like Blue Web’n and Filamentality, and helping colleagues feel comfortable in their new roles as web-connected, cutting edge-ucators.


Sunday, August 3rd 2003


Presenter of the Harry Passow Memorial Lecture


Dr. Barbara Clark is a Professor Emeritus in the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles.  Dr. Clark is the author of the widely used text, Growing Up Gifted, now in its sixth edition (2002), published by Merrill/Prentice-Hall and Optimizing Learning published by the same company in 1986.  In addition, she has published many articles in a variety of professional journals, serves as editor of World Gifted, and is a review editor for several journals including The Gifted Education Communicator, and Gifted and Talented International.


Dr. Clark is the Immediate Past President of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, is a Past President of the National Association for Gifted Children, and is on the Board of Directors and a Past President of the California Association for the Gifted.  She has been named to the Advisory Boards of several organizations including the Hong Kong Association for Parents of Gifted Children.  She was named California State University, Los Angeles Outstanding Professor of 1978-1979 and nominated for California State Universities and Colleges Trustees Award for Outstanding Professor in 1980-1981 and 1984-1985.


Dr. Clark has presented major addresses and workshops at Conferences and in school districts throughout the United States, Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Mexico, South Africa, the Netherlands, China, Kyrgyzstan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Spain, Turkey, and Thailand.  Her current interest is in improving gifted education and in Integrative Education, a model for optimizing learning that is based on brain/mind research.


Monday, August 4th 2003
Keynote Address- Invited Speaker

Diane is a qualified teacher, chartered psychologist, and Emeritus Professor of Education at Middlesex University, London where she was Dean of Faculty and Head of the School of Teacher Education.

She is Director of the Learning Difficulties Research Project in Essex and Programme Leader and author of distance learning programmes for Middlesex:- MA SEN, MA SpLD, MA EBD and MA High Ability Studies.

Her books are:- Gifted and Talented Children with SEN; Able Underachievers; Educating the Able; Reversing Lower Attainment; Spelling and Dyslexia; Appraisal; Learning Difficulties; Managing Behaviour Problems; Teaching and Learning; Reading Skills etc.

She was a member of the U.K. Government Advisory Board on Giftedness and Talent and is Editor in chief of the NACE journal Educating Able Children.

Three of her ten years school teaching were in grammar school and her consultancy and research focuses upon curriculum teaching and learning strategies for the gifted in case work with teachers.


Tuesday, August 5th 2003
Special Strand- Musically Gifted Children

Keynote Address- Invited Speakers   JAMES and GRAEME KOEHNE (South Australia)


Dr Graeme Koehne (b. 1956) is Senior Lecturer in Composition at the University of Adelaide and one of Australia's leading composers. Renowned particularly for his orchestral works, chiefly commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and for his highly successful ballet scores for the Sydney Dance Company and The Australian Ballet, Graeme has also composed for film and television and for most forms of chamber music. Sometimes regarded as a controversial figure in the contemporary music scene, his works derive vigour and emotional power from their engagement with vernacular and popular musical forms. In addition to his teaching activities, Graeme is composer-in-residence with Musica Viva Australia, and Chair of the Music Board of the Australia Council.


James Koehne (b. 1958) is currently Artistic Administrator of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, having worked in music for his entire professional life. He began his career as a music administrator organising and presenting many concert events, including opera, chamber and chamber-orchestral music, baroque music, jazz and avant-garde music. He went on to become an adviser on music policy and funding in Melbourne with Arts Victoria and nationally with the ABC's Concerts Division in Sydney. Throughout this time, he has also contributed significant essays and articles about contemporary music and Australian music to many journals and publications.