Honoring the Legacy of Julian C. Stanley (born 1918).

Julian Stanley

It seems fitting to hold the next Wallace Symposium in 2018, 100 years after the birth of Julian Stanley, because his work continues to be so important to the field of gifted education. Dr. Stanley, founder of the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth and what later became the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at Johns Hopkins University, established the Talent Search Model. In this model, academically talented 7th and 8th grade students take the college entrance exams such as the College Board’s SAT or the ACT test, which are usually given to high school juniors and seniors. Stanley revolutionized the use of above-level testing and developed a utilitarian model that has identified literally millions of gifted students since 1971. He did not stop at identification; he also pioneered various accelerative methods for challenging talented youth, including fast-paced summer programs. Dr. Stanley carefully documented the effectiveness of the Talent Search Model and related programming opportunities through an impressive number of research articles and books. The fruits of his work continue to resonate through schools and universities throughout the United States and the world.

Regarded by researchers and policy-makers as the preeminent research conference on gifted education and talent development, the focus of the 2018 Wallace Symposium will be on looking forward to and exploring research in the field of gifted education and talent development, as well as honoring the legacy of Julian C. Stanley. Scholars are invited to participate in this symposium to share current research findings and explore important questions relevant to the field. Presenters are invited to propose sessions related to the following strands:

  • Academic acceleration
  • Talent Search
  • Early entrance to college
  • Other topics relevant to research in gifted education

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