What can this association do for educators?
The VAGTC welcomes all teachers interested in enrichment and extension education. We believe that effective curriculum for these special students needs to be built on a real understanding of characteristics of gifted and talented learners, and requires a focus on higher levels of thinking beyond acquisition and memory.
The VAGTC conducts online professional development seminars for educators across Victoria. We deliver VIT-approved seminars on a variety of topics including the identification and support of gifted and talented students, with a focus on identifying students from diverse backgrounds.
We support the recommendation that curriculum development needs to be focussed across all aspects of the curriculum, including content, process, product and environment. (Maker, 1982) We commend to you a range of gifted education goals of curriculum enrichment including:
- investigation of real problems or topics using appropriate methods of enquiry,
- students taking an active part in formulating problems to be investigated and methods by which the problem will be attacked,
- students using as raw data rather than simply reporting about conclusions reached by others that inquiry be directed toward some tangible product (Renzulli,1977)
Tailored Seminars and Educator Mentoring
VAGTC also runs in-house customised programs for educators, schools and organizations.
We also have a pool of experienced speakers and presenters who are available on request to work with your needs.
VAGTC Resource Book: The ultimate resource for parents, educators and students
The VAGTC is pleased to announce the launch of the latest edition of the VAGTC Resource Book. Published biennially, the Resource Book includes up to date links and recommended programs, opportunities and resources for parents, educators and students.
“Characteristics of gifted and talented children include their extreme thirst for knowledge and their ability to draw information from a variety of sources, some of which can be less authentic or well researched. This is where the VAGTC Research Book becomes ‘gold’, as its contents are compiled, edited and authenticated by qualified and experienced educators of the gifted and talented”.
– Carmel Meehan, VAGTC President, 2016