IGC Education Initiative

Goal: Communicate bona fide characteristics, behaviors and needs of profound giftedness to all stakeholders including parents, teachers, administrators, academia, pediatricians, mental health practitioners and society more broadly.

Outcome: A paradigm shift – stakeholders move from “knowing” gifted characteristics, behaviors and needs to “understanding” the core traits, innate behaviors and developmental milestones of profound giftedness applicable to “understanding” giftedness across the continuum of human nature and development.

Essential Purpose: We need to understand the full continuum of human nature and asynchronous development. Understanding profound giftedness gives stakeholders the ability to understand, identify and support the inclusive continuum of human nature, development and potentiality.

Community Outreach Program

The International Gifted Consortium (IGC) Research Center for the Highly & Profoundly Gifted collaboratively works towards understanding, identifying and supporting the unique social, emotional, physical and cognitive and altruistic development of Giftedness through the eyes of our highly and profoundly gifted.

Our efforts focus on Research, Advocacy, Education and Opportunities. We internationally educate all stakeholders on the characteristics, behaviors and needs of our profoundly gifted as a model for understanding the continuum of Giftedness.

Co-Founders Miraca Gross and Vanessa R. Wood co-presented

Understanding Giftedness: The unique barometers of giftedness through the eyes of the highly & profoundly gifted at the 2017 World Gifted Conference at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia

Inherent, Multi-Dimensional, Dynamic Awareness.  Giftedness embodies the whole self and can be discerned in all areas of development.  This session examines the social, emotional, physical, cognitive and altruistic development of giftedness and the unique barometers evident, but sometimes hidden, in the highly and profoundly gifted.  Key areas of discussion include Dabrowski’s Psychomotor, Sensual, Intellectual, Imaginational, Emotional Over-excitabilities, Misdiagnosis and Advocacy for the gifted child. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of the intrinsic characteristics, behaviors and sensitivities of giftedness and the acute awareness, intensities and motivations propelling profound giftedness.


Education-Outreach Presentations

February 28 – April 28, 2018 ⋅ IGC Spring Speaker Series ⋅ “Understanding Giftedness Through the Eyes of the Highly-Profoundly Gifted”


April 28, 2018 IGC in Collaboration with ASU, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy ⋅ Arizona State University ⋅ Phoenix, Arizona, USA

James T. Webb, Ph.D. ⋅ Modern Tragedy: Misunderstanding, Misidentification & Misdiagnosis

Jane Caplan, M.D. ⋅  case study of a highly gifted child illustrating the complexity in diagnosis/misdiagnosis and treatment of these children

Stakeholder Panel:  Andrew Chapman, MPH, NBCT, Gifted Facilitator  ⋅  Valerie Marsh, Parent-Gifted Advocate


April 5, 2018 ⋅ IGC in Collaboration with ASU, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy⋅ Arizona State University ⋅ Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Laura Wingers, Psy.D.More Than a Test Score: Overcoming Challenges and Creating Opportunities for WELL BEING in Highly and Profoundly Gifted Youth


February 28, 2018⋅ IGC in Collaboration with ASU, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy⋅ Arizona State University ⋅ Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Vanessa R. Wood, M.A., Gifted Ed. ⋅ Over-Excitabilities: The Essence of Giftedness

Stakeholder Panel:  Marianne Kuzujanakis, M.D., M.P.H., Pediatrician  ⋅  Valerie Marsh, Parent-Gifted Advocate  ⋅  Kimberly Lansdowne, Ph.D., Executive Director, Gary K. Herberger Academy  ⋅  Andrew Chapman, M.P.H., Gifted Facilitator, Phoenix Union School District  ⋅  Laura Wingers, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist


February 1-2, 2018 ⋅ Arizona Association for Gifted & Talented (AAGT) Conference ⋅ Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Vanessa R. Wood ⋅ Shaping Our Future: Giftedness Through the Eyes of the Highly-Profoundly Gifted


September 11, 2017 ⋅ Melmed Center ⋅ Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Vanessa R. Wood ⋅ Propelling Development: Giftedness, Over-Excitabilities and Neuroaesthetics


July 22-24, 2017 ⋅ World Council for Gifted & Talented Children (WCGTC) Conference ⋅ University of New South Wales ⋅ Sydney, Australia 

Dr. Miraca Gross & Vanessa R. Wood ⋅ Understanding the Unique Barometers of Giftedness Through the Eyes of the Highly & Profoundly Gifted


February 3, 2017 ⋅ Arizona Association of Gifted & Talented (AAGT) Conference ⋅ Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Vanessa R. Wood ⋅ Understand Me: The Unique Barometers of Giftedness Through the Eyes of the Highly and Profoundly Gifted


Fall 2016 ⋅ Collaborations with schools, universities, pediatric groups and policy makers ⋅ Florida, USA

Dr. Willard White & Vanessa R. Wood ⋅ Understand Me: The Unique Barometers of Giftedness Through the Eyes of the Highly and Profoundly Gifted

Rene Islas, National Association Gifted Children (NAGC) & Vanessa R. Wood ⋅ Understand Me: The Unique Barometers of Giftedness Through the Eyes of the Highly and Profoundly Gifted


September 17, 2016 ⋅ Arizona Association Gifted & Talented (AAGT) Parent Institute ⋅ Arizona State University ⋅ Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Vanessa R. Wood ⋅ Human Nature in the Extreme:  The Unique Barometers of Giftedness Through the Eyes of the Highly and Profoundly Gifted


July 22-24, 2016 ⋅ Social, Emotional Needs of Gifted Children (SENG) Conference ⋅ Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

Vanessa R. Wood ⋅ The Unique Barometers of the Highly & Profoundly Gifted