Empowering Teachers to Identify Gifted Learning

A Twilight Seminar Series for Educators

Session 3: Employing Strategies to Identify Gifted Learners at your School

This twilight session examines how teachers can use available and varied strategies and tools to identify the multiple forms of gifted learners.

Date: Xavier College, Burke Hall Campus.

Venue: Tuesday 28th August 2018

Time: 5 pm to 7 pm. (Afternoon tea from 4.30 pm – 5 pm)

Bookings (CEM): refer to CEVN - IPLS

Bookings (Non-CEM and VAGTC Members): via TryBooking:

Welcome to ‘The Twilight Seminar Series’
MC: Dr. Susan Nikakis and Mr. GrantBuckler

  1. The Gifted ‘Identification’ Journey – Home and Abroad:
  2. Part 1: A Quick Recap of Twilight Sessions 1 & 2, an
  3. Part 2: What is happening Globally – Dr. John Munro
  4. Betts and Neihart – Profiles of Giftedness – Dr. Susan Nikakis & Dr. Terri Palmieri

‘Turn and Talk’ Table Groups - How has what they have learned thus far impacted on their identification of the gifted student? What evidence has been collected to support the identification? Grant Buckler (Xavier College) to lead

Evidence-based identification within a school – Case Study presented by Geraldine Nicholas
What is happening at Parade College? One School’s Journey to identify Gifted students

Identification of Gifted students from a psychologist point of viewpoint – presented by Arrigo Dorrisa (CEM Psychologist)

Responses from ‘the floor’. Participants review what they have gained when it comes to identifying talent potential. How can identification be raised and applied in teaching?

Why this series?
The accurate and reliable identification of gifted students continues to challenge many schools and teachers. Recent survey data indicates the need for evidence-based identification protocols for talent development in the classroom.

The goal:
The Twilight Seminar Series format will allow teachers to increase their learning with like-minded teachers from other schools.

The co-convenors for the series are Professor John Munro, (ACU), Mr. Grant Buckler (Xavier College and CEM Gifted Think Tank member) and Dr. Susan Nikakis (Senior Gifted Education Officer and Chair of the CEM Gifted Think Tank).

Future Seminars:
There will be one final Seminar for this year….

Cost? Free for Participants

Further information:

Mr. Grant Buckle,  Xavier College

Tel: 9855 4100; Email:

Registration: CEM – please refer to CEVN - IPLS

*** Non-CEM - Please complete registration through TryBooking:


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Young Naturalists Conference

Over one full day of zoo immersion, upper primary students will be challenged to solve problems around preventing animal extinction. With an Education Officer, they will take part in a range of keeper talks and hands on collaborations in an effort to consider some of the key problems associated with animal survival and some good solutions short-term and into the future. Limited spaces - book early

Date Tuesday June 19 (Yrs 5&6) and Thursday June 21 (Yrs 3&4)

Time 10am (for 10:30 start) - 3pm finish

Location Healesville Sanctuary, Badger Creek Rd,  Healesville, VIC 3777

Cost $18 per participant (1 free staff member with every 12 student bookings, otherwise staff cost $27.50 each) 

What to bring Lunch, snack and drink bottle. Notepad and pen.

Clothing appropriate to the weather including a hat.

Bookings via TryBooking

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The Program

Activity 1: 10.30 - 10.50 am 

Fighting extinction: An introduction to the issues 

Activity 2: 11.15 -11.35 am 

Tales from Platypus Creek Fighting Extinction: Examples

Activity 3: 12noon -12.25 pm 

Spirits of the Sky Fighting Extinction: Ideas

Activity 4: 1.30 -1.50 pm 

Fighting extinction Focus Fighting Extinction: Possible Solutions

Activity 5: 2 - 3 pm 

Presentations and Keeper Talks - Fighting Extinction: What Can We Do?

Neuroday: Neuroscience Conference 2018

A day-long student neuroscience conference with keynote speaker, Dr Sam John from Melbourne Bionics Group

Attend interactive workshops led by researchers in the field, join in panel discussions and review student presentations.

This student conference is open to ALL secondary students from across Victoria. Teachers are welcome to attend if they have students attending. This event is designed by students for students.

Bookings via Trybooking

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On Saturday 21 July 2018

Registrations from 8.45 am

Register as a school or as an individual. Parents are unable to stay for the day.

Assembly Hall
Methodist Ladies' College, 207 Barkers Road, Kew, VIC 3103

Philosothon: Build your mind with critical thinking

In conjunction with Socratic Solutions Australasia 

Date:  Wednesday, July 25 UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT. Request to be placed on a waitlist and be informed of future events. 

Location: Scotch College, 1 Morrison Street, Hawthorn VIC 3122

Early bird rate: $20.00 (expires June 27, 2018)
Standard student rate: $25.00
Travel Grants: Travel and participation subsidies available.
Visit FAPSA for more information or email Socratic Solutions Australasia: 

Ideal for students in Years 9-11 (flexible)

Research suggests that students improve academically in science, literacy, music, and social interactions when they participate in philosophical critical and collaborative thinking.  Philosothon and Ethics Olympiad competitions improve thinking skills and provide students a unique opportunity to connect, collaborate and critique. 

This student seminar is designed to answer the following questions:

  • - What does good thinking look like?
  • - What is the structure of a convincing argument?
  • - How can students use skills to contribute to group discussions?
  • - Why is collaboration in a philosophical community of inquiry important?

BOOKINGS: via Trybooking. Limited spaces so early bookings recommended.
For purchase orders, please email with your details.

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9.30-10.15am Critical Thinking Skills 
This session will provide each participating students with skills in how to analyze and evaluate arguments.

10.15-10.45am What is a Philosophical Community Inquiry? 
This session will provide students with skills and insights into best practice in philosophical discourse. 

10.45am -11am
Session Break

11am-12.45pm Philosothons
Students will participate in a Community of Inquiry and have the opportunity to reflect on their experience with a view towards improving results.


1.30-2.30pm Ethics Olympiads 
The Ethics Olympiad is a unique opportunity for schools to engage their students in interesting ethical discussions with other students from diverse cultures, languages, and experiences. In this session, students will present their cases in a collaborative forum.

Timing and registration

Registration is 9.00am for a 9.30am start
Seminar finishes at 2.30pm


Early bird rate for students: $20.00 early bird (expires June 27, 2018)
Standard student rate: $25.00
Accompanying teachers: No charge

School sports uniform

What to bring:
Students must bring their own refreshments and lunch.

Morning tea and lunch is provided for accompanying teachers.

Please note that we cannot accept bookings for unaccompanied students.
Due to policies and regulations, students attending are required to attend with a supervising adult (teacher or parent). 

In conjunction with Socratic Solutions Australasia. Click on FAPSA to learn more about Philosothons.

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