The Palmarium Award is awarded to the individual most exemplifying the vision of a future in which giftedness will be understood, embraced, and systematically nurtured throughout the nation and the world. It is presented each year at the annual Gifted Education Conference (GEC) – Presented Through the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education. Recipients demonstrate vision through understanding of giftedness in the areas of:

  • Practice by impacting graduate education, pre-service, and P-12 Community
  • Outreach through advocacy at a variety of levels (local, national, international)
  • Publications informing teachers, children, parents, policy makers, and academia
  • Research influencing theory, practice, and policy


2017 – Dr. James Webb

James T. Webb, Ph.D., has been recognized as one of the most influential psychologists nationally on gifted education. Dr. Webb has written 16 books, over 75 professional publications, three DVDs, and many research papers for psychology conventions or for conferences regarding gifted and talented children. Six of his books are on gifted children and adults, and four have won “Best Book” awards.

A frequent keynote and workshop speaker, Dr. Webb, a licensed psychologist, has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, The Phil Donahue Show, CNN, Public Radio International, and National Public Radio.

In 1981, Dr. Webb established SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted Children, Inc.), a national nonprofit organization that provides information, training, conferences, and workshops, and he served as Chair of SENG’s Professional Advisory Committee. In 2011, he was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Association for Gifted children, the Community Service Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, and the Upton Sinclair Award by

Dr. Webb has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Gifted Children, and was President of the American Association for Gifted Children. Currently, Dr. Webb is President of Great Potential Press, Inc.

2016 – Dr. DEL Siegle

Dr. Siegle is a professor in gifted and talented education, Head of the Department of Educational Psychology, and the Director of the National Center for Research on Gifted Education at the University of Connecticut.  He is a past president of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), past president of the Montana Association of Gifted and Talented Education (Montana AGATE), and chair of the Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent SIG of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).  Along with D. Betsy M
cCoach, he is co-editor of Gifted Child Quarterly.  He writes a technology column for Gifted Child Today.  Dr. Siegle is coauthor with Gary Davis and Sylvia Rimm of the popular textbook, Education of the Gifted and Talented.  He is also author of The Underachieving Gifted Child:  Recognizing, Understanding, and Reversing Underachievement.  Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Siegle worked with gifted and talented students in Montana.

2015 – Dr. Julia link Roberts

Julia Link Roberts is the Mahurin Professor of Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Roberts is the Executive Director of The Center for Gifted Studies and The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky. She is active in international, national, and state organizations. Dr. Roberts is one of seven members of the Executive Committee of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, past-president of The Association for the Gifted (a division of the Council for Exceptional Children), co-chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee for the National Association for Gifted Children, a member of the Kentucky Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education, and a board member of the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education. Her writing has focused upon differentiation, assessment, STEM schools, advocacy, and gifted education. Dr. Roberts received the first NAGC David Belin Advocacy Award, the 2011 Acorn Award as the outstanding professor at a Kentucky four-year college or university, and the 2011 William T. Nallia Award for innovative leadership from the Kentucky Association for School Administrators. She directs summer and Saturday programming for gifted children as well as travels internationally with high school students.

2013 – Dr. Sylvia rIMM *

Dr. Sylvia Rimm is a psychologist who directs the Family Achievement Clinic in Ohio and specializes in working with gifted children and adults.  She is also a clinical professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and counsels at Menlo Park Academy, a K-8 charter school for gifted children.  Dr. Rimm speaks and publishes internationally on parenting, giftedness, creativity and underachievement.  Among her many books are Education of the Gifted and Talented, Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades and What You Can Do About It, How to Parent So Children Will Learn, Keys to Parenting the Gifted Child, See Jane Win®, How Jane Won, and See Jane Win for GirlsSee Jane Win® was a New York Times Best Seller and was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and in People magazine.  Her newest book is Jane Wins Again: Can Women Have It All? A Fifteen Year Follow Up.

Dr. Rimm was a longtime contributor to NBC’s Today Show, hosted Family Talk on public radio nationally, and served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children.  She has received the prestigious Anne F. Isaacs, Robert Rossmiller and Palmarium awards for her lifetime contributions to gifted children.

* 2014 was the year of the international Giftedness and Creativity in Mathematics Conference.

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