If you are the parent of a bright or gifted child or adolescent you may sometimes feel that no one wants to know. People tend to assume that academically gifted children will succeed regardless of what the school, or the home, does or does not do. Actually there’s a wealth of research that shows that this just is not so.
GERRIC runs regular weekend courses for parents of gifted and talented children. We also publish a range of helpful books and other resources. Furthermore, we run a range of school holiday enrichment programs for gifted and talented students from Year 3 to Year 10. It can make an enormous difference to gifted children who may feel socially isolated at school because their interests and abilities differ very much those of their classmates.
GERRIC can make a difference for you and for your family.
Miraca U.M. Gross, PhD AM
Parents of Gifted children face situations that are, in many ways, quite unique in nature. Quite often, the accelerated development of the abilities of a gifted child, perhaps outpacing the child's physical development, can leave parents having to cater to a child's needs outside of school while still having to ensure the best education for the child in school. Further challenges exist for gifted parents in the affective needs of gifted children where they may be strongly divergent to that of the normal population.
GERRIC seeks to provide for the parents of gifted children through:
GERRIC provides parents of gifted children with relevant services, programs, events and information underpinned by the latest in gifted education research and best practice.
Dates: 24th & 25th August 2013
Venue: The University of New South Wales, Kensington Campus
Parents of gifted children face situations that are, in many ways, quite unique in nature. Quite often, the advanced development of the abilities of a gifted child, may outpace the child's physical development, and thus result in a frustrating experience for both parent and child. Additionally, challenges exist for gifted parents in understanding the affective needs of gifted children where they may be strongly divergent to that of the normal population. It is not uncommon for parents of gifted children to feel confused about the educational needs of their gifted child and thus this course aims to address these concerns and challenges. This two-day course will provide an opportunity for parents to develop a greater understanding of their child's gifted characteristics, behaviours and learning needs, to interact with other parents of gifted children and to learn from current research and experts in the field of gifted education.
Dr Miraca U. M. Gross is Emeritus Professor of Gifted Education in UNSW's School of Education as well as Director of GERRIC. She is recognised nationally and internationally as a leading authority on the education of gifted and talented students. Miraca holds MEd and PhD degrees in gifted education. She began her career as a teacher and has 22 years' experience as a classroom teacher and school administrator in State education systems in Scotland and Australia. For 12 years she was a specialist teacher of gifted and talented children in several different classroom settings, including the regular classroom, cluster grouped classes, pullout programs, and fulltime classes. Miraca's research interests include: issues in the socio-affective development of gifted students including self-esteem and motivational orientation: gifted children's conceptions of friendship; short-term and long-term outcomes of educational interventions; the use of academic acceleration; teacher perceptions of, and attitudes towards, gifted students. Miraca is well known for her longitudinal study on the academic, social and emotional development of 60 highly gifted Australian gifted children. In June 2008 she was recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List with Membership in the Order of Australia. Miraca's recreational interests include contract bridge, reading, reading and more reading, Scottish history, food, wine and, not least, delighting in the company of her husband, John and their cat, Marie.
Dr Lye Chan Long has a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (App. Biology), Diploma of Education, Master of Education (specialising in Gifted Education), and recently completed her PhD in Gifted Education at the University of New South Wales. She has been a Head of Science at for four years; has taught Science and Biology for 14 years, and has marked HSC Biology and prepared students for the Biology Olympiad. Lye Chan was the Gifted and Talented Coordinator at her previous school for the last 10 years; and has worked with withdrawal groups and gifted individuals as well as having taught a gifted Science class. Lye Chan has been a lecturer at Junior Scientia, Small Poppies and APTS programs for GERRIC at the University of New South Wales. She regularly lectures post-graduate students for the University of New South Wales and is a Templeton Foundation Fellow, presenting her doctoral work at the Wallace Symposium in Iowa, USA, as well at the Asia-Pacific Gifted Conference. Lye Chan is the mother of three gifted children and has a strong interest in leadership in gifted education.
Ruth Phillips has a Masters of Education from the University of New South Wales, post graduate qualifications in Psychology and is currently undertaking her PhD in Education at the University of Wollongong. Prior to going on maternity leave Ruth was the 7 - 12 Gifted Coordinator at her school, working with the staff, the parents and the gifted students to meet their educational needs. She has also taught in self contained and mixed ability classes from Middle School through to Year 12 in both government and independent schools. Ruth is currently an invited lecturer in the Certificate of Gifted Education at the University of New South Wales, and has presented papers at national and international education conferences. She is the mother of two gifted boys and has strong interest in the socio-emotional needs of gifted learners and the development of resilience in these students.
Registration- Click here to register online
Registration for the course is through one of two options.
If the single attendance option is taken one parent or adult care giver from each family will have admission to the course. The course fee for the single attendance option is $350 including GST.
If the double attendance option is taken two parents or adult care givers from the same family may attend all sessions and will receive one set of reading materials. The course fee for the double attendance option is $595 including GST.
The payment of either course fee option provides for a set of take-home materials including relevant journal articles by experts in the field of gifted education.
The course fee also covers morning tea and lunch on both days.
We regret that child care is not available on the university campus at weekends. Please arrange alternative child care.
Full details of the venue including a campus map will be sent by email two weeks prior to the start of the course.
Further resources are available from the Resources section of the website.