special event


Friday 4 December 2020 9AM – 1PM

Hosted by Skyline Education Foundation Australia

Friday 4 December 2020 9AM – 1PM

This year’s professional learning forum is focused on taking a holistic approach to educating high ability students and providing educators with a better understanding of high ability students’ and their parents’ experience of school.

Given the ongoing pandemic the event will take place on Zoom and will be hosted by Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, a Skyline Director and the Chair of the Skyline Futures Committee.

Each of the sessions will include a Q&A facilitated by Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young.

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, Skyline Director and the Chair of the Skyline Futures Committee

Welcome and Introduction

9.00am - 9.10am

Debbie Youd, Acting Principal, East Devenport Primary School

Identifying and Supporting Gifted & Talented Students

9.10am - 9.45am

Dan Haesler, Cut Through Coaching & Consulting

The Importance of Mindset in Unlocking Potential

Dan will explore considerations around mindset when it comes to nurturing potential and help educators support their gifted students.

9.45am - 10.20am


10.20am - 10.30am

Chaired by Roger Page, Principal, Nossal High School

Panel: What is it like within the family of a high ability student?

This panel will feature a Skyline alumni, parent and educators to provide insight on the challenges high ability students and their parents face in navigating their life at home and school. This session will include a panel discussion and short breakout rooms

10.30am - 11.50am


11.50am - 12.00am

Mandy Taylor, Clinical Psychologist, Cairnmillar Institute

Understanding and Supporting the Wellbeing of High Ability Students

12.00pm - 12.00pm

Facilitated by Dr Elizabeth Hartnell Young

Presentations from Skyline Partners

12.30pm - 12.50am

Concluding Remarks

Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young


Relevant AITSL Standards

  • Standard 1: Focus Area 1.1 (Highly Accomplished)
    Select from a flexible and effective repertoire of teaching strategies to suit the physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students.
  • Standard 1: Focus Area 1.5 (Highly Accomplished)
    Evaluate learning and teaching programs, using student assessment data, that are differentiated for the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.
  • Standard 3: Focus Area 3.7 (Highly Accomplished)
    Work with colleagues to provide appropriate and contextually relevant opportunities for parents/carers to be involved in their children’s learning.
  • Standard 7: Focus Area 7.3 (Lead)
    Identify, initiate and build on opportunities that engage parents/carers in both the progress of their children’s learning and in the educational priorities of the school.

Attendees will be provided a certificate to verify their professional learning.

About Skyline

Skyline Education Foundation Australia was founded in 2004, by the late John S Cheetham, a visionary education psychologist who understood the power of education to change the life of a child – in particular, a student with the intellectual ability to make a major contribution to the world, but little or no ability to change the circumstances of their background.

Skyline currently supports over 100 VCE students in 24 government schools, providing a wide range of support to high ability students facing difficult circumstances. The Skyline Program's transformative learning experiences equips students of high potential to survive, thrive and lead in an ever-changing educational and economic landscape.

Our professional learning forum is named in honour of husband and wife, Frank and Debbie Locco, who were wonderful supporters of Skyline since its inception and have tragically passed away. Frank and Debbie were committed to improving understanding of and opportunities for high ability students – Skyline will continue to name our professional learning forum to honour their memory.