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, and educators in New Zealand schools and kura 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 five Waka, or initiatives to depict the journey being undertaken by participants in the gifted education sector.
Once you have registered to become a member, you can then register for any of our Professional Learning & Developments on offer, by clicking on the relevant waka below.
Keeping you afloat
Keeping you afloat
Waka Ama is a waka that requires an outrigger to keep balanced and afloat. Waka Ama provides access to Kaiārahi (leaders) in gifted education who provide on-the-spot support to educators and co-ordinators with an immediate need or query.
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. Go on ... Sue, Brooke and Rosemary are ready to help you now!
All questions and answers are edited for anonymity and suitability, then published to the Gifted Community on TKI so that everybody can benefit. Click on over to see the Waka Ama Q and As at date.
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 Gifted 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.
Waka Tīwai were every-day waka. They were used often and were ideal for moving small groups of people – like our regional network hui. They were also used for recreation, which reflects our desire to enjoy what we are participating in.
Waka Tīwai supports the growth of regional networks for educators enabling them to network and collaborate together as a community of learners, growing regional capability to meet the needs of gifted learners. The regional network consists of face to face hui and online collaboration and are focused on practical support for classroom practice.
Waka Tīwai networks are in operation in the following regions: Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Manawatu, Northland, Taranaki, Waikato, Wakatipu & Wellington.
Waka Kōpapa are distance online modules supported by a gifted education specialist facilitator. These modules are designed to help you lead in this area within your own educational setting.
We currently have three themes being offered:
1. Practical tips and strategies in gifted education (4 modules)
2. Inclusion - from the lens of gifted (2 modules)
3. Learning Support Action Plan - through the lens of gifted (4 modules)
Raising new leaders
Raising new leaders
Waka Hourua were waka used for travelling long distances. The intent of this Waka is to journey over time with local emerging leaders in gifted education, to develop their ability to lead gifted education initiatives in their community and to support other educators.
WAKA HOURUA: Taking applications now for Term 4, 2020 and Term 1, 2021 opportunities. (Reduced fees for courses, conference attendance and personal development opportunities).
Contestable applications from Network members will provide opportunities to participate in a series of offerings focused on providing support from experienced educators to grow understanding of gifted education, to increase networking access to gifted education specialists in New Zealand, and to further develop roles as leaders in this space.