TAG Conference 2019 – Growing Gifted

Registration: https://www.trybooking.com/BANNA

Click here to download a pdf of the conference program.

While every endeavour has been made to ensure the program is accurate, unforeseen circumstances may result in change.

Post updated 29 July 2019

A hard copy of the conference handbook will be provided to all delegates at the registration desk at the conference.

To access the conference handbook now, and see biographies and abstracts for all speakers, click here


We are extremely excited to announce our keynote speaker for the conference

Dr. Don Ambrose

Don Ambrose, PhD, is professor of graduate education at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, USA, and editor of the Roeper Review. He serves on the editorial boards of many of the major journals in creative intelligence fields (gifted education, creativity studies, educational psychology) and for several book series. He has initiated and led numerous interdisciplinary scholarly projects involving eminent scholars from gifted education, general education, creativity studies, cognitive science, ethical philosophy, psychology, political science, economics, law, history, sociology, theoretical physics, and critical thinking.

Some of his recent books include Creative Intelligence in the 21st Century: Grappling with Enormous Problems and Huge Opportunities (with Robert J. Sternberg); Giftedness and Talent in the 21st Century: Adapting to the Turbulence of Globalization (with Robert J. Sternberg);  How Dogmatic Beliefs Harm Creativity and Higher-Level Thinking (with Robert J. Sternberg); Confronting Dogmatism in Gifted Education (with Robert J. Sternberg & Bharath Sriraman); Expanding Visions of Creative Intelligence: An Interdisciplinary Exploration; Morality, Ethics, and Gifted Minds (with Tracy L. Cross); The Roeper School: A Model for Holistic Development of High Ability (with Bharath Sriraman & Tracy L. Cross); A Critique of Creativity and Complexity: Deconstructing Clichés (with Bharath Sriraman & Kathleen Pierce); and Conceptions of Giftedness (3rd Ed.; with Robert J. Sternberg; forthcoming).

His most recent projects involve the invention of new creative and critical thinking strategies based on concepts discovered in multiple academic disciplines and professional fields. Honours include the Distinguished Scholar award from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC); Hall of Fame award from the New Jersey Association for Gifted Children; Creativity Award from the International Centre for Innovation in Education (presented in Istanbul, Turkey); selection to the Routledge/Taylor & Francis Educational Expert Panel; Outstanding Book Chapter award from the American Creativity Association; the Research Briefs article of the year award from the Research and Evaluation Division of the NAGC; the Iorio Research Prize for outstanding scholarship; and the Frank N. Elliott Award for outstanding university service. He has done invited keynote presentations throughout the world.

Debbie Youd is a registered Teacher and Psychologist, and Instructional Coach with over 35 years of experience in the areas of education and psychology in schools. She holds a Graduate Certificate of Education – Gifted Education and a Master of Education and has a long standing involvement in gifted education as a teacher and psychologist. Debbie has extensive experience in assessing, identifying, counselling and teaching gifted students, as well as delivering professional learning to schools and teachers as both a university lecturer and consultant in a number of areas related to both gifted education and education more generally. She is a parent of gifted children and has also worked extensively with parents to help provide support for their gifted children. Her specific areas of expertise include, assessing and identifying gifted children, curriculum provision and differentiation, underachievement, the social emotional development of gifted children, and learning disabled gifted students. 

Debbie Youd will present 3 sessions:

Growing Giftedness in Underachieving Students 

One of the challenges faced by teachers and parents alike is how to grow talent in gifted students who are underachieving. Underachievement occurs when students are not working to their potential and under perform in the classroom, and when students underachieve it is unlikely that they will flourish or soar and demonstrate talented behaviour. This session will explore some of the causes of underachievement as well as look at some of the catalysts such as growth mindset that are necessary if we are to grow giftedness in these students and have them performing at their potential.

From Knowing to Growing – Assessment and Identification of Gifted Students 

In order to nurture, flourish and soar, gifted students need to first be identified. Once identified, their progress needs to be monitored to ensure they are achieving at a level consistent with their ability. This session will examine the process of assessment and identification of gifted students. It will also look at some of the tools that are available to teachers and school personnel that can be used to help identify and progress monitor the achievement of gifted students to ensure they are meeting their potential.

All of Me – Focusing on Social Emotional Factors to Grow Giftedness 

Current evidence shows that it is often factors aside from ability that determine whether gifted students develop the talent they are capable of. This session will look at a range of social-emotional factors that impact gifted students such as perfectionism, resilience, and mindset, while at the same time dispelling many of the myths about the social-emotional development of gifted students. It will also at a range of strategies that can be used by both parents and teachers to address social-emotional concerns that do impact on student achievement and prevent giftedness from developing into talent.

Jae Yup Jung, PhD, is an associate professor in the School of Education and the Director of GERRIC at The University of New South Wales, Australia. His research program incorporates various topics relating to gifted adolescents, with a particular focus on their career-related decisions. His research has been recognized with awards from the American Educational Research Association, the Mensa Education and Research Foundation/Mensa International, and the Society for Vocational Psychology, and grants from an Australian Research Council and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is the current editor of the Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, a member of the Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific Federation on Giftedness, and a member of the Council of the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented.

Dr Jae Yup Jung will present:

The careers of twice exceptional students
In this presentation, the post-schooling career outcomes of a sub-group of the gifted student population (i.e., twice exceptional students), will be examined.  The presentation will commence with an outline of the wide range of possible career outcomes for these students. Thereafter, the possible factors that may influence these career outcomes will be discussed: (a) the availability of careers that make use of the areas of giftedness, (b) self-expectations and the expectations of others, (c) the ability to use compensatory strategies, (d) the personal qualities of the twice exceptional individual, (e) accommodations on the job, and (f) the vocational experiences prior to the commencement of work. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of some strategies that may be employed by relevant stakeholders to support twice exceptional students achieve positive and satisfying career outcomes, and to otherwise flourish, nurture, and soar, upon the completion of their

Sarah Muskett is Director and Principal Psychologist at Windsor Child & Adolescent Psychology, a Hobart based private psychology clinic. Sarah works with young people and their families and has a special interest in educational psychology, identification of giftedness and learning disorders, management of anxiety and building resilience in young people. She has previously served on the Early Entry in Schools Committee.

Sarah Muskett will present:

Identifying Giftedness and What to Do with the Results.

Evaluation of giftedness is not always necessary, however formal assessment is often required to gain access to particular programs, for early entry into school, grade acceleration or in cases where children’s educational or social emotional needs are not being met. Identification helps gain a better understanding of an individual and helps the individual better understand themselves.   Best practice procedures for identification will be discussed, along with limitations to standardised testing tools. We’ll further look at how to explain the testing process to children to ensure they are comfortable and engaged in the process.  Finally, we will examine how we can best use the results from assessments to ensure the provision of appropriate services for gifted students.

Keynote Professor Don Ambrose presentation abstracts

Professor Don Ambrose will deliver 3 keynote presentations at this conference:

A variety of creative and critical thinking strategies are used throughout gifted education programs, and to some extent in general education and business and industry. These strategies have been very beneficial. But we can do more! My interdisciplinary explorations have enabled me to discover intriguing constructs in more than 25 academic disciplines and professional fields. With a little creativity, many of these concepts can be turned into new creative and critical thinking strategies. In this session we explore a collection of these strategies, considering how students and adult innovators can use them to energize their work. We look at the step-by-step implementation procedures for some of the strategies and examples of their application to various topics. We also consider the ways in which the strategies strengthen our creative and critical thinking. Here is a brief sampling of the strategies you will encounter: the invention machine, metaphorical analysis, undermining your own position, chaos-complexity-order analysis, panoramic timeline impact analysis, artistic hypothesis generators, moral-legal overlap analysis, worldview analysis, metapattern analysis, altruistic analysis, aggressive-assertive-passive analysis, macroproblem analysis, intellectual spectrum exploration, personal responsibility determination, and integrative 3D graphic models.

We hear much about the demands of the 21st-century but seldom are those messages firmly grounded in insights from multiple academic disciplines. Several large-scale interdisciplinary investigative projects recently generated a new analysis of 21st-century trends and issues and their implications for gifted education. Insufficiently understood economic, cultural, ideological, and scientific-technological trends and issues in today’s world represent both golden opportunities and daunting barriers when it comes to the aspiration growth and talent development of the gifted. In this session, implications for gifted education are derived from leading minds in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Severe socioeconomic inequality strongly suppresses and distorts the discovery of aspirations and the development of talents among the gifted.  More comprehensive understanding of this suppression and distortion is available through a wide-ranging interdisciplinary search for research findings and theories that illuminate economic, ideological-political, historical, philosophical, and psychological contextual influences on bright young people.  This theoretical synthesis draws from multiple disciplines to reveal some of these contextual influences and then provides some recommendations for ways in which educators and policymakers might attempt to counteract some of the most pernicious effects of growing inequality on the gifted.”

Other Useful Information

8th Biennial State Conference

September 6 – 8, 2019

 Elizabeth College, North Hobart

Delegate Accommodation

The Lodge on Elizabeth is located across the road from the conference venue.

Quest Trinity is within easy walking distance and offers “straightforward apartments”

Closer city hotels include the Best Western, Hadley’s (a delightfully period hotel which describes itself as a “refined hotel dating from 1834”), RACT / RACV Hobart Apartment Hotel, Travelodge Hobart, Ibis Styles Hotel.

If you want assured comfort and a slightly more upmarket price tag, along with a slightly longer journey, the Old Woolstore or the Grand Chancellor might be more to your taste.

There are some pubs nearby that do offer accommodation at varying levels, but they may also come with noise: the Queens Head, the Black Buffalo, the Homestead, the Tasmanian Inn.

Booking.com has many of these and more options, as do other hotel booking sites.

AIRBNB has a variety of choices from hostel to private homes or apartments listed near North Hobart. TAG President’s network has advised the following properties are available – if you are travelling with friends you might want to consider them: https://abnb.me/Wsw7eEMy8W  https://abnb.me/PZyFVh2i9W   https://abnb.me/BWlDQj6i9W

None of these has been checked by the TAG committee.

For location reference, Elizabeth College is located on the block between Elizabeth and Murray Streets along Warwick Street. There are very regular bus services running up Elizabeth Street, past the College, departing from the GPO, or you can catch the bus at the stop on Elizabeth Street just west of Liverpool Street.

If you are travelling from interstate or overseas… why not visit iconic Mount Wellington, Salamanca Market, or the historic West Coast Wilderness Railway; witness convict heritage at the Port Arthur Historic Site; sample wine at the vineyards of the south or north, or try Tasmania’s outstanding seafood and fresh produce? Come for the conference, stay for the scenery, food, wine and activities!

To Register: https://www.trybooking.com/BANNA

TAG is a non-profit, parent-based organisation dedicated to sharing information and promoting awareness of the needs of gifted children.

Tasmanian Association for the Gifted Inc ABN: 97 898 651 769

GPO Box 1942 Hobart Tas 7001 PHONE 0467528048

EMAIL tasgifted@gmail.com

Conference Dinner: Thai Banquet

Royal Thai Restaurant, North Hobart

201 Elizabeth Street North Hobart

7:00pm September 7th, 2019


Vegetarian Curry Puff


Shrimp in Blanket


Roasted Duck Curry


Basil and Chillies Stir Fried with Pork


Thai Sweet and Sour Chicken


Cashew Nut Stir Fry with Beef


Served with Thai Jasmine Rice


Home Made Coconut Ice Cream

Cost: $43 per person (drinks at individual’s expense)

To Register:  https://www.trybooking.com/BDGNE

TAG is a non-profit, parent-based organisation dedicated to sharing information and promoting awareness of the needs of gifted children.

Tasmanian Association for the Gifted Inc ABN: 97 898 651 769

GPO Box 1942 Hobart Tas 7001 PHONE 0467528048

EMAIL tasgifted@gmail.com


Registration Fees

  Full Conference Registration Friday Only Saturday only Sunday Only
TAG Financial Members $235 $55 $135 $100
TAG Non-members $290 $65 $180 $120
TAG Affiliate Members[1] $235 $55 $135 $100
Full Time Students[2] $235 $55 $135 $100
Full Time UTas Education Students[3] $100 $25 $65 $40
Speakers[4] $85      

To Register https://www.trybooking.com/BANNA

TAG is a non-profit, parent-based organisation dedicated to sharing information and promoting awareness of the needs of gifted children.

Tasmanian Association for the Gifted Inc ABN: 97 898 651 769

GPO Box 1942 Hobart Tas 7001 PHONE 0467528048

EMAIL tasgifted@gmail.com

[1] Those who have paid their current membership dues to another Australian State Gifted Association

[2] Full time students only; student ID will be required

[3] Full time faculty of Education students at UTas; student ID will be required

[4] Registration cost for one person presenting at least one 45-minute session (if 2 people are presenting the one session, one person must register at normal price)


The Conference Venue and Other Important Information

Arriving at the airport:

To travel to the city and your hotel either take the skybus or a taxi (fare $50-$65) or Uber ($35-$45). If you are arriving at the same time as other interstate delegates, sharing Uber or taxi is probably the best option.

Travelling from your hotel to the conference venue

Lodge on Elizabeth: is on the corner of Elizabeth and Warwick Streets, directly across the road from the venue. Walk across the road, halfway along the block, and you are there.

City Hotels: catch a bus from the GPO in Elizabeth Street – stop E – check with the driver: most buses from this stop will go past Elizabeth College. Or catch the bus heading uphill (NorthWest) from Elizabeth Street between Liverpool Street and Bathurst Street.

Or walk – its about 15 minutes walk from the city centre (the Elizabeth Street Mall)

Or take a taxi or an Uber


There is some parking on campus and there is plenty of parking in the surrounding streets. Most parking north of Warwick Street will be unmetered and unlimited after 6pm on Friday evening and all weekend. Do check the signs though.

Conference Venue: Elizabeth College, 256 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart

Easiest access is from Warwick Street

Conference Rooms:

Registration and Plenary Sessions: the Undercroft, which is the lower floor of the central building, the library, and is clearly visible as you enter from Warwick Street

Breakout rooms: D block

Exhibition Space: student lounge, H block

Meal breaks: Café Tang / Canteen

Speaker preparation: room allocation in D Block