Gifted Aotearoa is a national Network of Expertise established to improve the quality of education offered to young gifted New Zealanders. Gifted Aotearoa is funded by the Ministry of Education, providingsupportthrough sharing professional expertise, growing local networks, nurturing local leadership and developing professional pathways. It is FREE for principals, management, teachers, GaTE Co-ordinators and SENCOs in New Zealand Primary and Secondary schools to access the network and its services.
Gifted Aotearoa is a collaborative project delivered by the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education, REACH Education Consultancy, and the New Zealand Association for Gifted Children. Gifted Aotearoa consists of four Waka, or initiatives. Scroll down to explore each waka and register your interest in the Network.
Connecting Gifted Aotearoa Network members with each other and with events, information and opportunities to support you in your work with gifted students.
Watch this space for updates as the project unfolds.
In the meantime, please scroll down to register with the Network, so we can inform you of up-coming workshops and other events.
Teaching and Learning Workshops
Teaching and Learning Workshops
Two levels of free face-to-face workshops around New Zealand plus free online workshops, providing practical support to those working with gifted learners in mainstream education. Waka Tīwai workshops also provide local networking opportunities and invest in local leadership.
Matea Ako Tahi is aimed at teachers new to gifted education, experiencing their first challenges as GaTE co-ordinators or teaching gifted students.
Matea Ako Rua is aimed at Coordinators and teachers needing to add some depth to their understanding.
Workshops will be advertised here. Please scroll down to register with the Network to be informed of up-coming workshops and other events.
Coming in 2019, Waka Hourua will identify and support emerging local leaders in the field of gifted education. Key network members will be invited to participate for free. They will be paired up with one of our Kaiārahi, who will support them to:
participate as Kaiārahi by being invited to respond in their identified areas of expertise;
develop and deliver workshops and presentations for Matea Ako Tahi and Rua; or
write and share resources and publications as examples of effective practice.
Please scroll down to register your interest in this opportunity.
Our gifted education specialists are available to personally respond to your queries, challenges or concerns. Read through their bios and decide who best fits your needs in your current situation. Then email your query, challenge or concern to your chosen expert with "Gifted Aotearoa: Waka Ama" in the subject line. She will respond to you personally. All questions and answers will be collated and shared to the wider network so that everyone can benefit. We will ensure you are not identifiable in any way in this process. Go on ... Sue, Brooke, Sunny and Rosemary are ready to help you now!
Sue is an experienced educator, having taught primary, secondary and tertiary levels, and has specialised in teaching gifted learners for the past 15 years. She is a former director of the George Parkyn National Centre for Gifted Education and REACH Education tutor, and currently oversees all student programmes at NZCGE. Sue has extensive knowledge and experience in gifted education, thinking skills, and the depth and complexity framework. In addition, Sue has delivered PLD online and face-to-face and presented nationally and internationally on gifted education. She is also a parent of gifted children and contributes regularly to both educator and parent groups.
Brooke is a New Zealand Representative on the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children and a MOE Accredited consultant. She has taught early childhood through to university level, been a GaTE Coordinator and was assistant director of an English Language School in Taiwan. Brooke was project leader of the Te Toi Tupu contract, helping schools develop robust, transparent and cohesive approaches to gifted education. Brooke’s specialisations include giftedness, inclusive education, relationship-based learning/cultural responsiveness, coaching/change management, thinking skills, digital fluency, innovative learning and collaborative practice. Brooke is on the Reference Group for the Ministerial Review of Curriculum, Progress and Achievement.
Dr Rosemary Cathcart is director of REACH Education, Ministry-accredited providers of the award-winning Certificate of Effective Practice in Gifted Education, and was formerly founding director of the George Parkyn Centre for Gifted Education. Rosemary has been proactively involved in almost every aspect of gifted education for over 30 years, working intensively with children, teachers, parents, education groups and organisations and as a political advocate. She is deeply committed to supporting teachers and schools in improving their knowledge in this field, both through her published materials and through workshops, courses, conferences and individual advisory work.