Hon. Dr. Peter Sharples, our guest blogger today, writes in his capacity as Associate Minister of Education.
“Tēna koutou katoa.
New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week provides the opportunity to raise awareness of gifted and talented learners; and for all of us to work together to raise the skill and confidence of teachers to support all gifted students. We all have a role to play to support these special learners, particularly Māori, Pasifika and learners who need additional support.
The Ministry of Education provides Professional Learning and Development (PLD) for teachers of gifted and talented learners. It focuses on improving achievement for gifted and talented students particularly for Māori students, Pasifika students, and students who have special education needs.
The commitment to our potentially great thinkers, innovators and community leaders to realise their potential sets a great foundation for their and our future. I look forward seeing the progress these learners and the profession are making to ensure these learners have the best possible chance of success, now and in the future.”