Seminars and Professional Development Workshops
The VAGTC supports the aspirations, achievements, and opportunities of Victorian students by supporting the professional development of early childhood professionals and teachers, and connecting parents with their children's learning. Safe, supportive and inclusive schools celebrate and protect diversity and understanding of others, acknowledging the right of every child, no matter their background or ability, to achieve the best possible outcomes at school.
The VAGTC Regional Seminars provide participants with up-to-date research and best practices to identify underachievers, nurture talent potential and support social-emotional development both at home and in the classroom.
We work closely with the Department of Education, Victoria (DET), Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) and Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) as well as experts in the field of gifted education to develop and deliver workshops and seminars across Victoria.
The DET-supported Regional Seminar Series has ended for 2018. A new program for 2019 is currently under development and will be announced in early 2019.
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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.
Seminars for parents and primary carers
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.
About the Regional Seminars
The VAGTC continues to be well placed to facilitate learning seminars and to provide up to date and well-researched resources for both educators and families on the identification and support of gifted and talented children.The VAGTC recognizes a need to provide support for the learning needs of gifted and talented students in the regional and rural areas of Victoria, and one that is considered by both federal and state governments as a matter of equity for this sector of gifted and talented learners. Country educators and parent-carers do not have the access to activities about giftedness that are available to those who live in metropolitan areas of the state.
VAGTC's seminars are the initiative of the VAGTC, and as such, they are delivered according to programs developed by the VAGTC and are approved by the VIT and DET. Our facilitators are selected from within the VAGTC committee or may be appointed by the VAGTC. All facilitators are aligned with the values and the vision of the VAGTC and approved by the VAGTC committee.
About the VAGTC Facilitators
Our facilitators are educators with post-graduate qualifications in gifted education and are appointed by the committee of the VAGTC. Educator professional development programs are delivered across the school year and can be customized for schools on request.