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Giftedkids.ie Pilot Series of Webinars

Giftedkids launched our pilot webinar series on January 28th 2010 with "Characteristics of the Exceptionally Able – Faster, Earlier, Differently”, presented by Margaret Keane and Anna Giblin. Supported by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and NCTE these webinars are free to teachers and parents and are run through the global educators’ network, Learncentral.org. Participants need a broadband connection and a pc or Mac with a set of headphones or speakers. For more information on technical requirements and to register for this series please send an email to webinars@giftedkids.ie.

Giftedkids would like to thank Anne White and Fred Boss of NCTE, Steve Hardagon of Learn Central, the Elluminate sponsored social learning network for education, Kim Caise of Classroom 2.0, Colm O'Reilly, Director of CTYI and I.C.E.P.E. for their support for this series. We would also like to thank those guest presenters who have generously donated their time and expertise and given their permission for their presentations to be shared via slideshare.net. All copyright of the individual presentations remains with the presenters.

We are presently putting together the list of guest speakers for Autumn 2011 and wll post details shortly.

Recorded Webinars Available to View

You can now view our previously recorded webinars online or download the presentation from Slideshare.net. Please feel free to forward these links to colleagues or interested parents.

A Global Perspective on Gifted Education

Presented by renowned gifted education consultant Tim Dracup, A Global Perspective on Gifted Education examines how countries are serving their gifted population worldwide.

Presenter Bio:
Tim Dracup aka @giftedphoenixTim Dracup is an education consultant, writer and commentator who specialises in gifted and talented education. He was for twelve years Head of Gifted Education in England's ministry of education, responsible for designing and delivering all national policy. He planned and built England's national gifted and talented education programme from its earliest stages until it served one million identified gifted learners. His initiatives include: the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY), Regional Partnerships for G&T, London Gifted and Talented, Excellence Hubs, National Quality Standards and G&T Leading Teachers. Tim's 'Gifted Phoenix' blog sets out his increasingly influential thinking on the global significance of gifted education and the case for stronger international partnership and collaboration while also exploring interesting practice worldwide. His interests include: national policy development; the economics of gifted education; meeting the needs of disadvantaged gifted learners, fair access to university and social mobility; and the use of social media to support gifted and talented education. He is a Trustee of the UK National Association for Gifted Children, a Tower Group member and heavily involved in establishing GT Voice, a new national network of gifted and talented interests in the UK.


Being an Emotional Coach to Gifted Children

Presented by U.S. Author, Advocate and School Psychologist, Christine Fonseca,"Being an Emotional Coach to Gifted Children" examines how parents and teachers can support their gifted children and students as they tackle the social/emotional difficulties they encounter.

Presenter Bio:
Christine Fonseca Author & Gifted AdvocateSchool Psychologist by day and author by night, Christine uses her expertise in the field of child development and education to bring stories and advice to her readers. Her parenting and advice books for kids delve into the often turbulent world of emotional intensity and giftedness. In addition to writing books related to giftedness, Christine writes contemporary and fantasy novels for teens.


Emotional Intensity in Gifted ChildrenEmotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope With Explosive Feelings The resource guide for parents and teachers to teach kids how to manage the emotional aspects of giftedness, including tips and resources to deal with perfectionism, social anxiety, stress and more. Read review by author Lisa Rivero.

101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids: The Ultimate Handbook
(Prufrock Press, Spring 2011)

The ultimate advice book for gifted kids 8-12 as they navigate through the difficult world of preteen emotions, covering topics including bullying, perfectionism, friendships and sibling rivalry.



Social & Emotional Sensitivities in Gifted Children

Presented by Dr. Colm O'Reilly, Director, and Catriona Fitzgerald, Academic Co-Ordinator of the Irish Centre for Talented Youth this webinar examines the complex issue of Social and Emotional Sensitivities.



Classroom Strategies

Presented by Peter Lydon, teacher, gifted advocate and ICEPE, NCTE & CTYI Tutor the Classroom Strategies webinar suggests a range of inclass supports for gifted learners. (Note: the webinar begins after the Roundtable Discussion on Elearning, go to 1hr.30min on the timeline)

Presenter Bio:
Peter is a practicing second level teacher with 18 years experience teaching. His key subject area is Geography. He has taught children with a range of intellectual abilities including Dyslexia and Aspergers syndrome, but has a specialist experience teaching gifted and talented children, having taught children from ages 6 to 16 years on the CTYI programme from 1993 to 2009. He has several years experience delivering courses for teachers through his involvement with the Association of Geography Teachers of Ireland of which he is President (2008/10). Peter was a school network manager for 3 years and has a particular interest in the use of ICT in teaching and learning. He is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and an ICT Tutor for the NCTE and has delivered courses for teachers in Blackrock Education Centre. Peter has also been an I.C.E.P.E. tutor on their Gifted and Talented Course for the last 3 years. His pedagogical interests include Assessment for Learning, Multiple Intelligences, Creativity and Problem Solving and Decision-making.

Dual Exceptionality

Presented by Anna Giblin and Margaret Keane of Giftedkids.ie this webinar looks at the complex area of Dual Exceptionality and t hose children with exceptionality ability with additional learning differences e.g. Dyslexia, Sensory Disorders, Dyspraxia, ADHD and Aspergers.


Supporting Exceptionally Able Children's Motivation for Learning

Presented by Dr. Sarah McElwee, Oxford University, “Supporting Exceptionally Able Children's Motivation for Learning” looks at:

  • The link between motivation and challenge
  • Orientations to learning, specifically "performance" approaches versus "mastery" approaches
  • How beliefs about the nature of intelligence can impact upon motivation
  • Socio-emotional aspects of underachievement and motivation
  • Ideas for parents and teachers on building motivation

Presenter Bio:
Dr. Sarah McElwee is a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, where she conducts research on identifying able children who underachieve, and the effect of mentorship on raising aspirations in able children. Sarah did a PhD in psychology at Queen’s University Belfast, exploring thinking and problem-solving in gifted children aged 8-9 years. She taught summer programmes, Saturday classes and correspondence courses in psychology for children aged 6-17 at the Irish Centre for Talented Youth from 2002 to 2006. Sarah has been part of a number of projects aimed at raising the profile of able children in Ireland. She was a member of the writing team involved in the development of draft guidelines for teachers of exceptionally able children issued jointly in Rep. of Ireland and Northern Ireland by the NCCA & CCEA in 2007. She has also worked as a tutor and editor with the Institute of Child Education & Psychology (ICEPE) on their CPD courses about highly able children.

Charactersitics of the Exceptionally Able - Faster, Earlier, Differently

Presented by Anna Giblin and Margaret Keane of Giftedkids.ieCharacteristics of Gifted Children take an indepth look into the identification of gifted learners. The accompanying presentation handout, suggested reading list and the online resources list can also be downloaded.


How to be Your Child's Best Advocate

Margaret Keane and Anna Giblin of Giftedkids.ie present "How to be Your Gifted Child's Best Advocate - Supporting Your Child at Home and at School." This examines the home/school partnership. You can also download the presentation and the accompanying online resources document.

Recorded Webinars

Characteristics of the Exceptionally Able - Faster, Earlier, Differently
Presenters: Margaret Keane & Anna Giblin of Giftedkids.ie

"How to be Your Gifted Child's Best Advocate - Supporting Your Child at Home and at School."
Presenters: Margaret Keane & Anna Giblin of Giftedkids.ie

Motivating Gifted Children - Supporting Exceptionally Able Children's Motivation for Learning
Presenter: Dr. Sarah McElwee, Oxford Unversity

Dual Exceptionality
Presenters: Margaret Keane & Anna Giblin of Giftedkids.ie

Classroom Strategies
Presenter: Peter Lydon, Wesley College

Social and Emotional Sensitiivities
Presenters: Dr. Colm O'Reilly & Catriona Fitzgerald, CTYI

Being an Emotional Coach to Gifted Children
Presenter: Christine Fonseca

A Global Persepective on Gifted Education
Presenter: Tim Dracup

Upcoming Webinars

New Autumn 2011 Series to be Announced.



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