Centers to connect: For Educators, Parents and Students
Much research has been conducted on the education of gifted and talented, with many centers dedicated to the research and support in the USA. Other entities exist across the globe, many of which will make their way to this page in due course.
Back home, the Department of Education and Training (DETVic), having consulted yours truly a few years back, ensure that their message on identification and support is regularly updated. All educators and parents should be well informed of the Department’s guidelines, especially for those residing in Victoria.
New Zealand has a few organizations that, like Australia, work together to build strong communities of knowledge and support, drawing from a rigorous and much appreciated localized research base. The AAEGT, NZAGC, the NZCGE and GiftedNZ are chock-full of resources from Australian and New Zealand perspectives.
The Asia Pacific Federation on Giftedness (APFG) was established to develop gifted and talented individuals to develop their potential “to the benefit of humankind.” The group runs conferences every two years and collaborates with nations globally, including key researchers in Australia.
The European Council for High Ability (ECHA) has NGO and Charity status that acts as a network for research and communication on high ability and excellence.
The group set up at the University of Connecticut provides support for the needs of gifted and talented youth through Renzulli’s Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development.
It is somewhat refreshing to know that there are some parts of the world that are doing great work for gifted education. Take, for example, the US state of Ohio. Relish in the plethora of information that has been painstakingly written and made publicly available for all to review, be inspired by and share. Updated regularly, this is a trove of information unto its own.
The VAGTC is active on both Facebook and Twitter, and we encourage our members and members of the community to connect with Facebook groups that are dedicated to the support and development of gifted and talented children and students.
Many groups are closed to ensure the highest quality of support. Some Facebook groups we recommend include:
Parents of gifted children- Australia is a supportive wonderful group if you are trying to get your head around aspects of parenting a child who learns and thinks outside the ‘norm’. They have three ‘subgroups’ dedicated to Twice Exceptionality, Professional networks, and a group dedicated to ‘confirmed >.95%’ via formal assessment.
Australian schools for gifted children provides parents of gifted children to “share with each other positive experiences they have had in particular schools or tertiary institutions.”
CHIP Centre Geelong is a Melbourne-based group that exists both online and offline for the support and development of “Children of High Intellectual Potential”.
The Gifted Support Network is a Melbourne-based group for members and friends and a space “a place for us share stories and provide support for each other on our journey with our gifted children.”
Mentoring and Tutoring Gifted Children – Australia “is designed to assist parents of gifted children in Australia to find and access mentors and tutors who specialise in assisting gifted children in Australia.”
The I CAN Network and The I CAN Network (Australia) is run by a wonderful group of amazing individuals that “deliver mentoring, training, and consultancy programs in schools, universities, communities and workplace” for ASD people of all ages.
And Australian Parents of children with High Functioning Autism/Aspergers exists to support parents of children diagnosed with High Functioning Autism/ASD Level 1 in Australia.
Similarly, Parents of Twice Exceptional Children (2E) is an international version of the above (and like all online communities – there are no borders) as is Gifted Unschooling, a forum “dedicated to families interested in unschooling gifted children”.
Hoagies’ Gifted Discussion Group, Parents of Gifted & Talented Children, and Parenting Gifted Children are global groups for “for support and questions pertaining to gifted youth” and a place where “discussing the parenting, growth, development, education, and advocacy of gifted children” is encouraged.
Poppies: Navigating the Teen Years is a place “…to ask questions, share your hard-earned wisdom, celebrate the victories with others who ‘get it’, and together we can make the journey just a bit easier!”
International Gifted Education “…is a place for sharing news, infos and research all around gifted education topics.”
SENG – Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted provides insights and learning resources to support the holistic development of individuals “to build gratifying, meaningful lives and contribute to the wellbeing of others.”
Of course, this list is not exhaustive; check out the VAGTC Resource Book for a comprehensive range of recommendations, activities and programs, as well as offline support groups.
You can also become a member to be sent the Resource Book along with many other benefits.