• Inclusive Education

Gifted Education 2.1: Social and Emotional Needs

PL # 12536.
Starting on 12 Mar 2020
Cancellation permitted until 05/03/2020

Event registrations closed on 10/03/2020


Characteristically, Gifted and Talented students experience some quite specific and often intense social and emotional challenges during their time in education, which can have significant personal and academic impact if not addressed. This 2 hr session, being run by Eileen Slater from Edith Cowan University and run in collaboration with the Catholic Education Office, will aim at deepening participants' understanding of some of the common challenges, with discussion around best practice approaches and strategies for teaching resilience, self-efficacy and management of anxiety. Participants will be encouraged to share effective practice and work on developing an intentional plan for addressing these needs in their particular context.


Eileen Slater

Edith Cowan University

Dr Eileen Slater is a research fellow with the Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. Eileen is an early career researcher with over 20 years experience as a teacher, school administrator and district curriculum consultant. Her research interests include Gifted Education, Science Education and Educational Measurement.  She works closely with the Gifted community to advance community and professional understandings of the needs of gifted children. In all of her current research projects, Eileen aims to better serve the needs of students by working with and supporting teachers in their schools and classrooms.

Dr Deborah Black


Deborah is an educator with 24 years of experience, currently working as an education consultant. Her strengths include interpersonal, communication and organisational skills. She is a "big picture' thinker with a strong future focus, a passion for learning and a commitment to achieving excellence. The majority of Deborah’s professional career has centred around primary schools where she has been a school psychologist, teacher, executive coach, Assistant Principal, short-term principal and a learning area specialist. She has worked in remote, rural and metropolitan schools in both the public and Catholic Education sectors.

As a leader, Deborah’s passion lies with developing, nurturing and supporting teachers, especially early career teachers, so that they can provide the best education and experiences to their students. She firmly believes that all staff have many gifts within them and as a leader she enjoys helping empower people so that they can identify those gifts, build their capacity and achieve their potential.  Deborah’s doctoral research was completed through The University of Notre Dame Australia, and examined the experiences and self-perceptions of early career teachers in W.A. Catholic primary schools that led them to remain in the profession.

Deborah loves learning and as a teacher strives to instil a life-long love of learning in her students and to empower them to realise their potential. She aims to make learning fun and to provide opportunities for all students to achieve success and to set themselves goals. Deborah has a broad knowledge of curriculum and assessment, using data to inform instruction, integrating technology into the classroom, differentiating the curriculum and catering for diversity.


Event Segment

Date / Time

Starts: 09:00
Finishes: 11:00


AISWA Seminar Room (First Floor)
Suite 5, 41 Walters Drive
Osborne Park WA 6017


Parking bays are available on Walters Drive (max. fee is $5.00 p/day). Alternatively, public transport is available via train & bus: Joondalup Line – Stop at Glendalough Station. Bus transfers: Bus no. 407, Bus stop: 25350

Learning Area

  • Inclusive Education

School Area

  • Preschool (PK-K)
  • Early Childhood (PK - 2)
  • Primary (P-6)
  • Middle Primary (3-6)
  • Secondary (7-10)
  • Senior Secondary (11 - 12)
  • Leadership

AITSL Standards