Western Australia's association for gifted support, advocacy and resources
Join us at Deanmore Primary School to support Gifted Awareness Week 2023 and be a part of our enlightening event. This year, our focus is on "The Diverse Faces of Giftedness."
Our special guest, Dean Tollis, Chairperson of Gifted WA, will debunk the common misconception that being gifted simply means being smart and excelling in every aspect. Often, when teachers hear that a child is gifted, they assume they will automatically be at the top of the class and perform exceptionally well.
During this event, Dean will shed light on the reasons why this is not always the case. You will discover why gifted children often underachieve, why they downplay their abilities to fit in, and why they lose interest when they aren't appropriately challenged.
Moreover, you will gain insights into identifying gifted children and understand how parents and teachers can collaborate effectively. Dean will emphasize the importance of listening to parents' concerns about their young children and the need for assistance in identifying children who are statistically one in a thousand. In a 40-year teaching career with an average of 25 children per year, it's possible never to encounter such a child.
About the Presenter:
Dean Tollis brings over 20 years of experience as an Organizational Change Manager in the resource industry. As the parent of two gifted children, he has been a passionate advocate for meeting the needs of gifted children since his son's discovery of giftedness at the age of 4.
With his extensive involvement as Chairperson of Gifted WA, Dean is committed to educating parents, caregivers, and educators. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from Dean and engage in discussions about giftedness. This event also provides a chance to meet others who share an interest in this important topic.
Join us and expand your understanding of giftedness. Feel free to ask questions, connect with like-minded individuals, and explore the fascinating world of gifted education.