UNE Gifted & Talented Conference, Armidale, AUSTRALIA2008 (UNE Talented Confere)

Venue: University of New England, School of Education

Location: Armidale, NSW, Australia

Event Date/Time: May 02, 2008 End Date/Time: May 03, 2008
Registration Date: Apr 30, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 25, 2008
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Description

University of New England UNE TalentEd Conference.

This year's theme, Potential to Performance: Celebrating Innovations, is about showcasing current innovative practices and research in gifted and talented education and differentiated practice for early childhood to tertiary students in rural and regional Australia. Showcasing successful teaching and learning practices provides motivational and relevant opportunities for practitioners and researchers to share new strategies and ideas for supporting gifted and talented students. Rural and regional educational contexts are often inhibited by distance and isolation, lack of resources or disempowered by crippling bureaucratic demands. However, rural educators who often teach in one room classrooms, multigrade classes and mixed ability classes are passionate about teaching so all students in their classes learn, committed to differentiating the curriculum for all students and strive to engage all students within a variety of learning processes and environments, inclusive of gifted students. To this end, conferences like this support educators in their pursuit of excellence by showcasing and sharing best practice and research.

So far participants for the conference are travelling from three continents, from nine regions across three Australian states, are educators from early childhood to tertiary contexts from across several universities, from several educational sectors, such as Public, DET, Independent and Catholic schools. Participants range from novices to experienced professionals interested in the diverse practices and research in gifted education, consultants, teachers, instructional designers, training directors, professors, performers, managers, executives, practitioners, and specialists, among others and includes community members from parents of gifted children, CSIRO and MAC1 personnel who strive to support the education of gifted children.

We have three outstanding keynotes speakers: Professor Ronald Laura, Philosopher and Chair of the School of Education, The University of Newcastle, Associate Professor Stan Bailey who originated many of the gifted education programs at UNE, and is an Honorary Fellow at UNE and Dr Sue Vasilevska Principal, Parent and President of the NSW Gifted and Talented Association. We have many exciting presentations to look forward to ranging in themes from current issues in gifted education, motivation, acceleration, enrichment programs, philosophical reflection, gifted Aboriginal students, underachievement, using ICTs to mentor gifted students, and differentiation for all students. The conference will showcase programs such as Popular philosophy, Music for excellence, Success for Boys, CSIRO's scientists in classrooms and MAC1's programs in schools. These diverse presentations reflect the diversity of strategies needed to support the diversity of giftedness and talent found in our rural and regional schools.

It is hoped that you use the conference as a basis for showcasing your best practice and research, networking, discussing the important issues surrounding the development of potential into performance, with the option to undertake action learning or research on gifted and talented student needs back in your own educational context and exploring the possibilities of undertaking a Masters or PhD in Gifted & Talented Education at UNE.

The knowledge available in the field of gifted education is diverse, dynamic and growing. Our university is a leader in the field of gifted and talented education and it is conferences like these that continue to support such leadership. We have strong links both nationally and internationally in this field and are leading many important research and practice projects to support educators to support the education of students with advanced learning needs. Every year practitioners discover new ways to implement what we have learned so far. During the TalentEd conference, we will come together to learn and share in keynotes, seminars, interactive workshops and discussion forums, so that we can build on what we know already; improve our skills at applying that knowledge; and facilitate the creation of valued results for ourselves, our schools, and especially our gifted and talented children. The event is funded by SiMERR NSW and the School of Education, Faculty of The Professions, UNE.

Learning Outcomes of the Conference:

The following will be showcased by the end of the conference, workshops, discussion groups and presentations:

1. current issues in gifted and talented education;
2. needs of rural and regional gifted children, parents and teachers;
3. models of identification specific to students’ gifts and talents;
4. curriculum differentiation models and strategies in action;
5. strategies for implementing policy and practice in schools;
6. sharing innovative practice;
7. contributing to the current Regional Gifted & Talented network;
8. and the option of using the conference as a basis for further
discussion, action learning or research on gifted and talented student needs will be provided.
Call for seminars, interactive workshops or group discussions on innovative practice.

The conference organising committee invites interested professionals in the area of Gifted Education to submit outlines of presentations of workshops or seminars. The conference includes sessions suitable for tertiary educators, consultants, teachers, parents and a combined audience. Preference will be given to those submissions which acknowledge and support the conference theme of "Potential to Performance: Celebrating innovations". Sessions should be relevant, positive and practical, and should follow the conference theme. Please follow these guidelines when submitting your proposal:
1. Type of presentation: Seminar, Interactive workshop or round table discussion (45 minutes).
2. Title:
3. Abstract/outline (250 words):
4. Target audience: teachers, parents, academics or combined

5. Focus group: early childhood, primary, middle school, secondary, tertiary

6. Mode of presentation and hardware requirements: OHP, Whiteboard, Smartboard, PowerPoint, DVD. You may use your own laptops and you are welcome to bring handouts for distribution but photocopying will not be available at the venue.
7. Region, system or organization you are working in:
8. Brief background paragraph (50 words) about the presenter/s
Support will be provided in the form of nominal writing scholarships for presentations that are successfully peer reviewed and published:

I will write up my presentation as a paper to be submitted for review and possible publication in the UNE journal TalentEd Yes ❒ No ❒

Due date for registration: Friday April 30th, 2008.
Please e-mail your outline as a Word document to TalentEd@une.edu.au. 
Outlines/abstracts will be peer reviewed and we will e-mail notification of acceptance.
Registration:
Fax 02 67735078.
See the application form below.

REGISTRATION FORM and TAX INVOICE
ABN 75 792 454 315
UNE TalentEd CONFERENCE
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd May, 2008
Sponsored by the School of Education and SiMERR NSW
University of New England, Armidale, NSW, AUSTRALIA, Fax 02 67735078.

CONTACT DETAILS:

Last Name: First Name:
School/other organisation:
Region:
Position:
Address:
Email:
Phone: Fax:
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REGISTRATION (please tick):

@ $100.00 for two days ❒
@ $60.00 for day 1 (Friday) only ❒
@ $60.00 for day 2 (Saturday) only ❒
@ $60.00 for one & both days for presenters ❒
@ $60.00 for one & both days for students ❒

(Includes GST. This year funding support by the School of Education and SiMERR has helped reduce costs to a third of the original registration. Full conference registration includes a free subscription to the UNE journal TalentEd, tea, coffee, juice, morning and afternoon teas, and lunches and a conference resource package including a CD of conference proceedings. The conference dinner will be optional.)

Dinner: I will attend the Friday night dinner: Yes ❒ No ❒
@$30.00 extra for dinner ❒

Accommodation in Armidale
http://www.armidale.info/index.htm OR http://www.armidale.info/accommodation/index.htm
New England Girls School (bed and breakfast and will house families). You will need a car as this accommodation is about 5 minutes drive from the university. Contact Tanya Graham, 02 6774 8704 (cost is about $60 per night including breakfast)
For on-campus accommodation please see the following link: http://scs.une.edu.au/TalentEd/
Map of Armidale & UNE campus: http://www.une.edu.au/timetable/maps.php
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PAYMENT
Registration form can be emailed or faxed. Please post a copy of the registration form with the cheque after sending it electronically or by fax.

❒ Enclosed cheque/money/money order payable to UNE TalentEd account.
❒ filled in the attached a form for one year free subscription to the UNE journal TalentEd on full $100 registration.

Total amount payable: $…….. Signed:

I would like to present a seminar, workshop or group discussion on innovative practice: ❒
Title:

(see guidelines above for submitting presentation outlines)
Please send to: Carol Davies, TalentEd Conference, School of Education, The University of New England, ARMIDALE 2351, NSW Fax: 026773 5078 OR email: TalentEd@une.edu.au
PRIVACY: In registering for this event relevant details will be incorporated into a delegate list for the benefit of all participants (name, email and phone number for networking). Should you not wish your details to be used for this purpose,
please contact Carol Davies at email: TalentEd@une.edu.au

Venue

Armidale, 2351 NSW AUSTRALIA
Armidale
NSW
Australia
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Additional Information

REGISTRATION (please tick): @ $100.00 for two days ❒ @ $60.00 for day 1 (Friday) only ❒ @ $60.00 for day 2 (Saturday) only ❒ @ $60.00 for one & both days for presenters ❒ @ $60.00 for one & both days for students ❒ (Includes GST. This year funding support by the School of Education and SiMERR has helped reduce costs to a third of the original registration. Full conference registration includes a free subscription to the UNE journal TalentEd, tea, coffee, juice, morning and afternoon teas, and lunches and a conference resource package including a CD of conference proceedings. The conference dinner will be optional.) Dinner: I will attend the Friday night dinner: Yes ❒ No ❒ @$30.00 extra for dinner ❒ Accommodation in Armidale http://www.armidale.info/index.htm OR http://www.armidale.info/accommodation/index.htm New England Girls School (bed and breakfast and will house families). You will need a car as this accommodation is about 5 minutes drive from the university. Contact Tanya Graham, 02 6774 8704 (cost is about $60 per night including breakfast) For on-campus accommodation please see the following link: http://scs.une.edu.au/TalentEd/ Map of Armidale & UNE campus: http://www.une.edu.au/timetable/maps.php

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