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Upcoming events

We welcome information on events that are of interest to the Gifted and Talented community. If you would like to contribute an item, please contact the moderators with details, for consideration.

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Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland EDUC 738 Gifted Learners: Meeting their Needs

24 July 2017 9:00 am - 27 October 2017 4:00 pm

Location: Online and a 2 day intensive the weekend of 12th/13th August in Auckland

We are pleased to announce that the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland has EDUC 738 Gifted Learners: Meeting their Needs, which is open for enrolments for semester Two. This is a blended course with a 2 day intensive the weekend of 12th/13th August. The rest of the content will be delivered online from late July and covers approximately term 3 of the school year. The content will be personalised to suit the interests of students enrolled. 

Certificate of Effective Practice in Gifted Education

28 July 2017 9:00 am - 30 November 2017 12:00 pm

Location: online

In response to your suggestions, we’re now offering an alternative to our traditional March start for this course. Start mid-year, complete the identification modules in Term 3 before that busy Term 4, be ready to dive into teaching strategies early next year!

This is a course firmly grounded in the current research, with an emphasis on what’s practical for busy teachers, and providing continuous individual support throughout. We warmly invite you to check us out – see the Teachers’ Page on our website, www.giftedreach.org.nz

Mid-year enrolment now available, course begins July 28

Location: online

Target audience: All teachers Y1 – Y13.

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Critical, Collaborative and Creative Thinking seminar

15 November 2017 9:00 am - 17 November 2017 3:00 pm

Location: Auckland - St Cuthberts Wednesday 15th November Wellington- Marsden College Thursday 16th November Christchurch- TBA Friday 17th November

Gifted and talented students recognise the importance of critical, collaborate and creative thinking skills. Recent research provides G&T educators with evidence that these skills are substantially improved where students participate in a short weekly period of philosophical communities of inquiry. When this is done more often the impact on student learning can be profound and extensive.  The seminar is designed to answer the following questions:

  • How can we explicitly develop students’ critical thinking skills both in the classroom and in the co-curricular program at my school? 
  • What is a philosophical community of inquiry and how can my school develop a whole school approach to democracy in the classroom without forcing teachers to do something they do not want to do?
  • What is a Philosothon and how can my school develop a climate where collaborative thinking is celebrated and fostered?
  • What is an Ethics Olympiad and how can it provide opportunities for students to engage with other students around the world about important ethical issues?
  • I need interactive and dynamic resources I can use in the classroom and share with my school colleagues. Can you help?


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National Māori Theatre Hui

17 November 2017 4:30 pm - 19 November 2017 11:00 am

Location: Rāpaki Marae, Ōtautahi

Following the success of previous National Maori Theatre Hui’s in Wellington (2015) and Auckland (2016), Te Whare Tapere ō Rākaihautu is proud to host this year’s National Māori Theatre hui to be held in Christchurch from 17 - 19 November 2017.
This hui gathers Māori Theatre Practitioners from around Aotearoa to strategize for the health and success of our industry. This time together enables us to share our whakapapa, processes, challenges and unique talents and skills.
Through a series of workshops and talks, this year’s focus will be on building cultural capacity and Te Reo Māori within our theatre and our networks. This wananga will strengthen our culture, our art and business within our rohe.
Workshops & Talks:

  • Whakapapa (Ngāi Tahu, Theatre, Te Reo)
  • Mihimihi: Pecha Kucha style
  • Working with Te Reo Maori scripts - Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Māori Movement
  • Devising: Mokihi: Mokihi as a starting point, ‘He waka eke noa’
  • Design: Elements and the practice of show-building
  • Tech: Elements and the practice of show-building
  • Writing: Elements and the practice of show-building
  • The Biz: Guest speakers and facilitated discussion - Business practice, planning and sustainability
  • Final Reflection: Consolidating future pathways

The Maori Theatre Hui is a platform that continues to develop and strengthen our practitioners as we continue to identify our aspirations and develop our networks - within our industry and our local communities. In this way we continue to contribute to the cultural capacity of Ōtautahi, Aotearoa and The World.

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Building Strong Writers

16 March 2018 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Ellerslie School, 12 Kalmia St, Ellerslie, Auckland

So many writing activities in today’s schools follow a standard format that is neither interesting nor purposeful for advancing student learning. 
This session is designed to change that. 
Participants will be presented with 12 writing lessons that enhance character, creativity and self-awareness, while engaging students in personal writing that they actually enjoy composing.  While some of the activities are brief and humorous, others are extended and require introspection.
Each classroom-tested lesson will be accompanied by student-generated responses that will help to turn even your most reluctant writers into wordsmiths.




Improve your literacy teaching skills

Come and join Dr Jim Delisle for an afternoon of practical activities to build better writers in your classroom.

Amazing discounts for Early Bird registration!