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Season 2, Episode 9: Gifted Awareness Week

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CLASSROOM 5.0

THE FUTURE OF LEARNING

SEASON 2

Episode 9: Gifted Awareness Week

Busting Myths and Understanding the Challenges, Strengths and Untapped Potential Within our Gifted Children: Gifted Awareness Week

With Melinda Gindy and Nina Thomas from AAEGT and Kylie Burrett from Splat 3D

For many, the term ‘gifted’ evokes an image of a privileged child, set for a life of success. As we explore in this week’s episode, that assumption is far from reality. We explore the lived experience of four women (including our co-founder, Mariane) as they share their personal and professional understanding of the complex needs, vulnerabilities and strengths of these children, and discover the many ways we can identify and support their differences, to ensure they grow in confidence, and develop and share their potential in the world. 

About our Guests

Melinda Gindy, President of Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT)

Melinda is passionate, committed and experienced in governance and the work of the AAEGT in furthering the national gifted agenda through constructive collaboration. Melinda has worked in a volunteer capacity across multiple education sectors, including the recently delivered NSW DoE HPGE Policy and associated resources, in addition to her teaching and diverse learning coordination roles. Melinda has been an invited/sessional presenter at many state, national and international conferences, and was awarded the Honorary Fellowship of the Teachers’ Guild of NSW in 2019 for her work in gifted education. Melinda is currently an Educational Leadership Doctoral Student majoring in Leading Diverse Learners. Qualifications: BArts (Mus), GradDipEd, GradCertGiftEd, MEd (SpEd), MMTA, HFTGN, MACEL

Nina Thomas, Chair of Gifted Awareness Week, Director at AAEGT

Nina began her career in the RAAF before entering the mining industry. She then studied to be an accountant owning a business that allowed her to work from home with her twice-exceptional son. Later, she trained as a teacher and is now the gifted and talented coordinator at a primary school in Perth. Nina has completed both a Masters in Educational Psychology and a Masters in Gifted Education and is currently undergoing study in the area of neuroscience.

Kylie Burrett, Creator of 3D Splat

Kylie Burrett (Lawrence) is a dynamic educator and award-winning designer who aims to help teachers and students fulfill their creative potential for success in STEM. With qualifications in Film & TV Production, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Health Science, and a Masters in Education (Information Science) Kylie has over 20 years of experience working in education and media, and has worked at and consulted for ABC TV, alongside teaching in both International Baccalaureate and Reggio Emilia schools.

Kylie’s love of early education and media has seen her work with some of the world’s most creative minds in children’s entertainment, including the Academy Award-winning team behind Weta Workshop (NZ) and Keith Chapman Entertainment (UK). For the past 7 years she has been collaborating with industry and schools to resource and develop innovative STEAM programs. As co-creator of the Splat ® – Engineers Australia sponsored 3D design tool – Kylie’s creative out-of-the-box thinking is helping students develop their design and spatial skills for improved STEM outcomes. Her exceptional capacity for innovation and developing tools, that support diversity in design, has seen her ideas adopted by STEM programs throughout Australia and overseas. For more on Splat 3D, visit https://splat3d.com and connect with Kylie over on Instagram and Facebook using the handle @splat3d. Kylie also featured as our 3rd guest on our first season of the podast. You can find out more on the episode page, Design That Makes a Difference.

'As teachers, we're being encouraged to move away from that model that if a student's performing well, they must be gifted because what we know, overwhelmingly, is that the really highly gifted and gifted students often underperform. And that's a marker."

~ Kylie Burrett

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'Of the 37 universities in Australia that offer pre-service education degrees, less than 10% of those have a stand alone unit in Gifted Education.'

~ Melinda Gindy

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Jenna O'Connell

Jenna is a teacher and careers advisor, with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama & Performance), Bachelor of Education (K-12), and Graduate Certificate in Education Studies (Careers & Transitions).

Jenna is in her element when she is helping people and organisations discover their unique magic, and working with them in sharing this magic with the world to drive positive change. Her background sees an amalgam of over 15 years across corporate and education sectors, with extensive experience in curriculum development, coaching, facilitation, and mentorship. In addition to her work at The Posify Group, Jenna loves driving change in her local community as an Education Officer for Port Macquarie Hastings Council.

With helping others at the core of her personal purpose, Jenna contributes to various local youth projects and initiatives. Throughout 2017-2018, she mentored local youth in their project, Cards For Change, who went on to win a $2000 Pitch Project grant. She also volunteers for The Luminosity Youth Summit, is the Youth Ambassador Program Coordinator for Dyslexia Mid North Coast, and a proud ambassador for and presenter at #LitFest2444. 

Outside of her purpose work, you’ll find Jenna building forts and kicking soccer balls with her little guy or in her Dojo kicking goals towards her Tae Kwon Do black belt.

Mariane Power

Mariane, known affectionately as Mazz, is a Clinical Psychology Registrar and holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Newcastle, a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Performance.

Mariane’s big audacious goal is to see all unnecessary emotional pain and suffering eliminated within her lifetime, and she is obsessed with all things related to human potential. Mariane has over 15 years experience in consulting, facilitation and corporate training for personal and strategic growth. Her work as a Leadership Consultant in the corporate world and Psychologist in her Child and Adolescent Clinic further fuels her understanding of the necessary skills for 21st century success for the Next Gen.

Mariane is proud to have extended her personal purpose to support a number of not-for-profit and for-purpose initiatives including The Luminosity Summit, Project Gen Z and Ambisie. Her most recent pro-bono contribution involved designing and delivering the Coach 2020 program for Bambuddha Group, a leadership development organisation fostering kind leaders for a better world. In her spare time, you’ll find Mazz holding a spontaneous dance party in her kitchen and taking in all the coast has to offer with her family here in Port Macquarie.