Professional learning

For those in a school leadership role, a comprehensive support package for the HPGE Policy was launched during the annual DEL and PSL Summit on 13 February 2020. This package is available for DELs and PSLs to provide tailored professional learning and support for principals and schools in preparing for implementation of the HPGE Policy from 27 January 2021. Please contact your DEL and/or PSL for further information.

In response to the Department of Education’s recommendation for professional learning to utilise online technology, the High Potential and Gifted Education team have re-designed the school teachers (1 day) course into 12 self-paced online learning modules. We are pleased to announce that this professional learning is now available on MyPL. More detailed information about this course can be found further below on this page.

Our ‘Tier 1 Policy into Practice – familiarisation and planning’ courses will be delivered in accordance with department guidelines for professional learning activities and physical distancing. These courses include:

  • the entrée course (2.5 hours),
  • the school teachers’ course (1 day),
  • and the school leaders’ course (2 days).

In addition, the HPGE team have continued to develop and release canapé chat films to accompany the canapé series of professional learning courses. Further online professional learning is also available for the ‘Revisiting Gifted Education’ literature review.

Joining the High Potential and Gifted Education Yammer page (external link here) will enable you to stay up-to-date with the most recent news and announcements regarding professional learning. A state-wide staffroom for high potential and gifted education is also under development and will be announced early in Term 3.

The High Potential and Gifted Education team

The High Potential and Gifted Education (HPGE) Policy becomes mandatory for all NSW public schools P-12 on day 1, Term 1 2021. School leaders and teachers have until this time to familiarise themselves with the policy, engage with professional learning and plan for its implementation.

New courses and materials will be updated at regular intervals.

Timeline


We are creating 4 tiers of learning over 4 years to support schools to effectively implement the policy. Schools can access the professional learning tiers at varying rates due to differences in individual contexts, needs and school plans.

Professional learning at each tier will be initially targeted at school leaders as research tells us that school leaders leading the learning in their schools, maximises the impact on student outcomes.

Tier 1 Policy into practice - familiarisation and planning

Tier 1 professional learning courses range from 30 minutes to 2 days.

High potential and gifted education - school leaders (2 days) RG06262

Note: the first part of this course covers the same material as the high potential and gifted education school teachers (1 Day) course RG06705

  • 10 hours face-to-face registered course for school leaders
  • delivered over 2 non-consecutive days to give leaders time to reflect and plan

Day 1:

  • an orientation to the High Potential and Gifted Education (HPGE) Policy, guiding principles, rationale, policy development and research on effective strategies.
  • discussion of key aspects of the policy, including responsibilities and delegations, 5 key actions for schools and the HPGE web section
  • an introduction to the HPGE policy planning tool
  • encouraging leaders to consider how to use this tool in their own school context.

Day 2:

  • revisiting the HPGE policy planning tool
  • supporting leaders to create their own school action plan for effective implementation of the HPGE Policy in their school.

High potential and gifted education - school teachers (1 day) RG06705

Note: High potential and gifted education - school leaders (2 days) course RG06262 includes the material covered in this course.

  • 5 hour (1 day) face-to-face registered course for teachers

This course includes:

  • an orientation to the High Potential and Gifted Education (HPGE) Policy, guiding principles, rationale, policy development and research on effective strategies.
  • discussion of key aspects of the policy, including responsibilities and delegations, 5 key actions for schools and the HPGE web section
  • examining the HPGE web section - implementation advice for schools and resources
  • time to develop a plan to implement aspects of the HPGE policy into classroom practice.

High potential and gifted education – Tier 1 online learning teachers’ course RG12677

This 5-hour online course divides professional learning from the school teachers (1 day) course into 12 self-paced online learning modules. The material covered in this course is the same as that available in the face-to-face version, with the added flexibility that online learning provides. A variety of responsive activities and tasks comprise a selection of deliverables that are required for completion of the course.

This course provides an extensive and detailed online learning option in response to face-to-face courses being unavailable or restricted due to COVID-19.

High Potential and Gifted Education Policy orientation entree series (2.5 hours) RG06179

Note: material covered in these courses is included in the1 and 2-day courses above.

  • 2.5 hour (half-day) face-to-face registered courses for school leaders and/or teachers
  • suit a half-day staff development day or twilight session after school.

This course provides:

  • a brief orientation to the High Potential and Gifted Education (HPGE) Policy - guiding principles, rationale, policy development and research on effective strategies.

Short courses - canape (30 minutes)

  • 30-minute online teacher identified professional development for leaders and teachers
  • designed for those who are unable to attend the more comprehensive face-to-face options or would like to unpack some of the key concepts of the HPGE Policy.
  • HPGE Policy - unpacking high potential, gifted and highly gifted (NR26694)
  • HPGE Policy - guiding principles (NR26766)
  • HPGE Policy - talent development (NR26784)
  • HPGE Policy - 5 key actions (NR26785)
  • HPGE Policy – potential versus performance (NR28064)
  • HPGE Policy – why and how (NR28058)

These courses:

  • can be completed by individuals, groups or networks
  • unpack one key concept or principle in the High Potential and Gifted Education (HPGE) Policy
  • provide participants with reading, stimulus material and discussion questions.
  • NEW - contain a canapé chat video where the HPGE team and guests discuss the material covered

Contact

For more information about professional learning, contact the High Potential and Gifted Education Project Team.

hpge@det.nsw.edu.au

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