QAGTC 18th State Conference - Σ Gifted: A rising tide that lifts all ships

Come to share and learn with other people interested in meeting the needs of gifted children .


  • Saturday, 20 March 2010 - 8:00am - Sunday, 21 March 2010 - 4:30pm


  • Our Lady's College
    Chester Road
  • Annerley QLD

Event type: Conference

  • Maximum places: 300

Σ Gifted refers to combining the efforts of all of us - parents, teachers and communities - as we continue to strive to help children make good use of their ability and find satisfying pathways in life. We are the sum total, symbolized by Σ , of all our efforts and together we can support each other in ensuring that gifted children are identified and extended in their development. Together we search for ways to support them throughout their years of childhood.

Σ Gifted: A rising tide that lifts all ships is the theme to promote the principle that gifted education strategies are of benefit to all students. The conference workshops will focus on promoting and sharing exciting, challenging curriculum and pedagogy originating in the gifted field and which can be applied to all learning environments that lift achievement levels of all, as well as solutions and strategies for parents faced with the task of meeting the needs arising from raising gifted children. 


Keynote Presentations


Developing an inclusive national curriculum 


Senior representative, Tony Kitchen from ACARA will present on national curriculum development with a focus on Inclusivity and how the national curriculum will provide for the educational needs of every child.


The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is responsible for the development of a national curriculum in English, Mathematics, Science and History (first phase) and for Geography, Languages and the Arts (second phase).

 ACARA is committed to developing a national curriculum that is focused on inclusivity and sets high expectations for all students.


Katherine Hoekman


Katherine is a former Vice President of the NSW Association for Gifted and Talented Children, an internationally known speaker and researcher in gifted education and a visiting fellow of the GERRIC.  Her major interests lie in motivational and affective influences on academic achievement. As a school administrator and academic she is committed to implementing research-based practice in education.


Implementing Research-based Programs for Gifted Students: Developing a Collaborative School-wide Approach


For well over a decade passionate advocates in the field of gifted education have acknowledged the need to rethink more traditional formats of gifted education services to better accommodate the strengths of current developments such as the advent of middle school initiatives, and to proactively respond to the wide variety of flexible grouping arrangements in schools. This keynote presentation will explore collaborative school-wide strategies to meet the needs of gifted students in ways that complement current educational trends.  The experience of applying shared leadership principles to the development of gifted programs will be outlined, and the value of encouraging school-wide ownership will be discussed. Strategies to implement recommended practices in gifted education through resource consultation and collaborative teaching approaches that enhance the self-efficacy of teachers will be shared.


Cost of event:

  • Member cost: $187
  • Non-member cost: $242
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