Seminars & Events

Each year we provide 3 to 4 Free Parent Seminars and 1 Educator Seminar per Term.

The parent seminars are developed with the same approach as the educator seminars with a focus on best practices for advocating and working alongside schools and teachers.

Parent-carer initiatives provide a space for parents and families to come together to share their experiences and learn from others. These may include seminars and workshops on topics such as developmental milestones, educational options, best practices in developing strong school-family relationships, assessments and career counseling.

Using research-based recommendations, the parent seminars aim to connect parents with their children and their children’s teachers, serving to not only strengthen community engagement but to also help build parental confidence in schools.

The seminars provide both a platform for parents to gain essential resources to support their parenting journeys and act as a forum in which individual parents can connect with other parents in similar situations to share their stories in a safe and supportive environment.

These seminars aim to set high standards for teachers and students and employ evidence-based strategies to support gifted and talented students.

The educator seminars on identification are relevant to all educators of kindergarten to Year 12 learners, including pre-service teachers, casual relief teachers, and early childhood professionals.

The VAGTC teacher seminars are aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) and meet the requirements under the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). All registered participants who complete the seminar will receive a VAGTC Certificate of Attendance, citing the relevant standards addressed under the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

For educators, professional development seminars and workshops range from the identification of high capacity students to understanding and working with assessments. Through our seminars, educators will learn how to interpret educational psychologist reports, and develop individualized learning plans, as well as working with families to support gifted children and young people’s education.

For example, identification for students who are gifted and talented includes identification of underachievers, EAL and culturally diverse students, as well as students with high capacity but present with learning challenges.

VAGTC also offers Tailored Seminars for Schools, Parent Consultations, and Mentoring for High-Ability Leaders.

Upcoming Seminars

July 23, 2024
16:00 -
17:30

Presented by Bernadette Sheedy

This session will explore the social emotional needs of gifted learners, including asynchronous development, perfectionism, imposter syndrome and twice exceptionality. We will also discuss the way teachers can support students to address these challenges.

Cost:
$88 GST Inclusive (Non-Members)
$44 GST Inclusive (VAGTC Members)

Group Bookings of 3 only
$211.20 GST Inclusive (Non-Members)
$105.60 GST Inclusive (VAGTC Members)

Early Bird Prices 
Offer of prices below end on Tuesday 2/7/2024
$70.40  (Non-Members) 
$35.20  (VAGTC Members)

*Please note when registering for these seminars, TryBooking charges a .50c booking fee.

Online

Free Parent Seminar

Funded by the Department of Education

July 23, 2024
19:30 -
21:00

It can be challenging navigating the complexities of making sure your gifted child has access to appropriate schooling and educational provisions. This seminar will give you practical suggestions and ideas for WHAT to advocate for (what types of provisions schools could and do make for gifted children, regardless of the sector of education your child’s school is in (government, independent, Catholic), from the classroom to external activities). It will also provide you with HOW to advocate (tips and advice for proactively building positive relationships with the staff at your child’s school, as well as effective communication strategies for handling difficult situations and documenting dialogue with the school). The workshop will be interactive, so please bring your questions!

Zoom Link will be sent a day or 2 prior to the seminar date.

Online
August 13, 2024
16:00 -
17:30

Presented by Kathy Harrison

What does student engagement mean for different individuals? How do I know that my students are engaged in learning?  How can I support and assess it in the classroom? In this session, we will explore different aspects of engagement: cognitive, behavioural, and affective, and strategies to help both teachers and students improve the effectiveness of learning and teaching. Some questions that we will explore are:  What does engagement really look like in my context? Taking into consideration cultural norms and local school culture, how can we partner with students to improve engagement? To what extent is it my responsibility? How can I change things up? How can I support students’ self- awareness and agency?
There will be time to workshop –modify ideas and resources for your context.

Cost:
$88 GST Inclusive (Non-Members)
$44 GST Inclusive (VAGTC Members)

Group Bookings of 3 only
$211.20 GST Inclusive (Non-Members)
$105.60 GST Inclusive (VAGTC Members)

Early Bird Prices 
Offer of prices below end on Tuesday 23/7/2024.
$70.40 GST Inclusive  (Non-Members)
$35.20 GST Inclusive (VAGTC Members)

*Please note when registering for these seminars, TryBooking charges a .50c booking fee.

The session will be run via Zoom (link to be provided after registration).
Please note that this seminar will run subject to minimum registration numbers.

Online

Free Parent Seminar

Funded by the Department of Education

August 13, 2024
19:30 -
21:00

How do we support our gifted children socially and emotionally? It can be particularly difficult when our children become bored and disengaged with their learning, and there are other challenges arising. Our visiting psychologist will give a short presentation on some of these challenges, and will then respond to your questions with advice and strategies for how to best support your child. The session will be highly interactive, so please bring your questions!

September 12, 2024
17:00 -
19:30

Keynote Speaker: Professor John Munro, Professor of Educational Psychology and Exceptional Learning, School of Education, Australian Catholic University

Come and hear from Professor John Munro, who has been working in the fields of Psychology and Education for many decades, and has valuable insights to share with parents, educators and gifted young people.

Alongside Professor Munro’s presentation, we will hear from a panel of students from around Melbourne about their own experiences of ‘growing up gifted’.

Please come with plenty of questions for our keynote speaker as well as our student panel!

Light supper will be provided. Participants will also have the opportunity to tour the CHES facility.

CHES (Centre for Higher Education Studies), 669 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141

Free Parent Seminar

Funded by the Department of Education

October 10, 2024
19:30 -
21:00

What is bibliotherapy? How can we learn from the lives and stories of others to gain a deeper understanding and acceptance of ourselves? What books could we be reading/ recommending? What stories could we be telling? How can we help gifted children identify with characters in a story and gain insight in their own life in order to solve their own problems?

Online
None at this time
Please keep checking back on this page and our socials for added seminars throughout the year and beyond.

Past Seminars & Events

June 17, 2024
16:30 -
18:30

Face to Face

Presented by Dr. Susan Nikakis & Laura Wilcox

Gifted students: who are they? Why do they need support? How do I teach them? What resources can I use to help the teaching and learning process? Once your school has identified gifted or highly able students, it’s often a challenge to find appropriate ways to support them in their learning. This seminar will address two major issues: what we as teachers can do in the classroom, and what we can do as a school. The first half of the seminar will provide ideas for classroom tasks and differentiation, and how to ensure that our gifted students remain engaged in their learning. The second half will outline school-wide steps for enrichment and extension, such as the creation of dedicated extension programs, opportunities for external competitions, etc. This is also an opportunity to network and share ideas informally with others, and with VAGTC experts.

A refreshement tea break will be provided.

Cost:
$88 GST Inclusive (Non-Members)
$44 GST Inclusive (VAGTC Members)

Group Bookings of 3 only
$211.20 GST Inclusive (Non-Members)
$105.60 GST Inclusive (VAGTC Members)

Early Bird Prices 
Offer of prices below end on Wednesday 27/05/2024.
$70.40 GST Inclusive (Non-Members)
$35.20  GST Inclusive (VAGTC Members)

*Please note when registering for these seminars, TryBooking charges a .50c booking fee.

Please note that this seminar will run subject to minimum registration numbers.

 

St John's College Preston 1 Blanch Street Preston, Victoria 3072
June 12, 2024
16:00 -
17:30

Presented by Amy Horneman

The second session in a 2-part series, this interactive workshop builds on the discussions from the previous seminar presentation on the importance and purpose of identification of giftedness and of gifted education more broadly. Ideas about what to do with the knowledge that a student is gifted will be shared, and participants will have the opportunity to workshop specific learning activities, lessons and unit planners, in an effort to build strategies and ideas for catering effectively for their gifted students. There will be a 30-minute presentation followed by breakout workshop rooms with facilitators focusing on different curriculum areas.

Cost:
$88  GST Inclusive (Non-Members)
$44 GST Inclusive (VAGTC Members)

Group Bookings of 3 only
$211.20 GST Inclusive (Non-Members)
$105.60 GST Inclusive (VAGTC Members)

Early Bird Prices 
Offer of prices below end on Wednesday 22/5/2024
$70.40 GST Inclusive  (Non-Members)
$35.20 GST Inclusive (VAGTC Members)

*Please note when registering for these seminars, TryBooking charges a .50c booking fee.

The session will be run via Zoom (link to be provided after registration).
Please note that this seminar will run subject to minimum registration numbers.

 

Online

Thursday 9 November 7:00pm - 8:45pm

7:00pm VAGTC President Kathy Harrison will speak on what the VAGTC has achieved this year.

7:30pm formal business. Observers welcome but only VAGTC members may vote.

If you are a non-member but would like to sign up for any of the evening, especially the free discussion time, please register using the following link.

https://www.trybooking.com/CMXCK

AGM - Discussion Time

8:00 pm

In conjunction with this year's AGM, we are offering both members and other interested people the opportunity to join in informal discussion with members of the VAGTC committee.  Participants will be able to join a room of their choice or split their time between rooms.

Break-out Room 1: VHAP Come and meet with two current teachers and original curriculum writers of the Victorian High Ability Program ("VHAP").  Claire and Kathy are also presenters of the VAGTC parent and educator seminars.  Questions, suggestions and ideas welcome!

Break-out Room 2: Vision Come and meet with the current creative dream team - Laura, Karen and Amy - that designs, collects articles, edits and puts together the magnificent Vision magazine. Questions, suggestions for topics, contributors, and ideas on how to include student voice welcome.

Break-out Room 3: Variety of sector perspectives In this room you can meet with curren highly knowledgeable educators from the State, Catholic, Independent and home education sectors.  Bernadette, Susan and Victoria are keen to engage with you on any subject to do with supporting gifted students in their settings.

Come and hear from a diverse group of gifted and high-ability young people as they share insights that will enlighten and inspire those who work with them.

Light Refreshments provided

Registrations are essential by Wednesday 17th May

CHES (Centre for Higher Education Studies), 669 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141

Seminars for educators, teachers, pre-service and CRT teachers

These seminars aim to set high standards for teachers and students and employ evidence-based strategies to support gifted and talented students.

The educator seminars on identification are relevant to all educators of kindergarten to Year 12 learners, including pre-service teachers, casual relief teachers, and early childhood professionals.

The VAGTC teacher seminars are aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) and meet the requirements under the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). All registered participants who complete the seminar will receive a VAGTC Certificate of Attendance, citing the relevant standards addressed under the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

For educators, professional development seminars and workshops range from the identification of high capacity students to understanding and working with assessments. Through our seminars, educators will learn how to interpret educational psychologist reports, and develop individualized learning plans, as well as working with families to support gifted children and young people’s education.

For example, identification for students who are gifted and talented includes identification of underachievers, EAL and culturally diverse students, as well as students with high capacity but present with learning challenges.

As part of the VAGTC Membership, You are eligible for Free Membership at the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT). To Receive this, you agree to pass on to them my email address, contact number, and postal address.