The 5 Key Actions – High Potential and Gifted Education Policy

The 5 Key Actions – High Potential and Gifted Education Policy

November 19, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


[Music] The five key actions are really about evaluation of school processes and programs and practices, assessing, identifying and implementing good practice to support our students. Collaborating with families, school and wider community around what high potential and gifted education is all about. And most importantly, building teacher and leadership capacity so we can best meet the needs of these young people in our schools. [Music] The first part of looking at the policy and how it sits within a school context is to actually be able to acknowledge and celebrate the wonderful things that schools do every day for students with high potential and gifts. And then looking at what you’re doing really well and where you’d like to go into the future so schools can be even responding to the needs of those those students even better. One of the things that is in the pipeline is a planning tool that actually links really closely to school plans and SEF. And it allows you to look at how you might integrate the policy and evaluate your work against the SEF and against your school plan. [Music] Every school has young people who have high potential. It is not uncommon for young people to be able to express high potential and talent in a number of domains. And so I think that it’s really important as educators we’re able to identify that despite our perceptions around background, cultural, language, ability, etcetera; we’re mindful that sometimes we need to look deeper to see a student’s potential for learning. And then once we’re able to identify it and actually provide what young people need, we actually start to see that potential flourish. Teachers as practitioners understand the importance of assessment and data and how that informs our practice. I’m not talking about testing kids until their eyes bleed. What I’m talking about is the great work that professionals do every day and their consistent teacher judgment. You walk around a classroom, you observe on a daily basis where students are at and what they are doing. And that’s informing your work as well. [Music] As teachers we can provide high challenge learning activities for everybody. And then we see who rises to that challenge and how they embrace that opportunity. And we might actually learn something different about some of the students in our classrooms. And that idea that as great educators, what we’re doing is differentiating for the learning needs of every student that’s in our classroom and for our high potential and gifted education students. It’s exactly the same. It’s being able to identify, to challenge, to meet their learning needs, but also give them a safe space where they can actually feel comfortable to put their hand up and show us that they’re actually quite clever or quite capable or quite musical or quite able or really good in that social emotional space where they are our school leaders; our mediators and and our students who are building community. One of the groups that perhaps have not had their learning needs met in this space are students who have been identified with disability. And that concept, that as educators, really being able to target where that young person has high potential and making sure that the adjustments aren’t just about the basic engagement and access, but the adjustment is really about allowing that young person to flourish and really achieve at a high level if they’re capable of doing so. We are encouraging communities of practice and we’re encouraging teachers and schools to work together. Metropolitan, non-metropolitan, finding people who are interested in the same sorts of things you are in this space. it’s really important with high potential and gifted education students that we are connecting with other community groups and other opportunities in the community that linking young people to particular industries or particular spaces for further education. It might be about linking them to talent development, sporting programs, or creative and performing arts opportunities in the community. [Music] one of the great strengths of this policy is the very large and deep literature review that underpins the work and the importance of research that informs our work as educators. But what we also need is for you in your schools to look at that research and read that literature, but then think about how you might actually operationalise that in your school in an action research context. As time goes on, we’re very keen to be really responsive to what schools are telling us you need. We will continue to seek out research and evidence around the four domains of high potential and gifted education and be sharing that information with schools. We are all leaders of learning and it’s really important that we focus on how we come together and have a really clear view about what we want to do to build the capacity of our high potential and gifted students. [Music]