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4.7.6 Acceleration: A prominent curriculum option for gifted students

The research supporting acceleration as a program option for gifted students and its positive outcomes are well documented. Acceleration is an educational strategy that ensures a gifted student is given a level of educational instruction commensurate with their abilities and sufficiently challenging to stimulate, maintain, and sustain academic and affective growth. Acceleration needs to be well planned, implemented, and reviewed in light of the best available data. This symposium will give an overview of Holland Park State School’s acceleration process, highlight research evidence, consider issues, and analyse case studies of acceleration.


Gail Young
Holland Park State School

Gail Young has a Masters Degree in Special Education( gifted students). Gail is the Gifted Education Mentor at Holland Park State School managing the sub committee for acceleration. Gail is a member of the central committee of the Queensland Association for Gifted and Talented Children and is the Qld representative for the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT) Gail advocates at the local, state and national level to identify and make curriculum options for gifted students. Gail leads the school's Gifted and Talented Education Committee that implements Qld Government gifted education policy and ACARA policies.

Kathlyn Dyer*

Kathlyn has a Bachelor of Education degree with first class Honours and has completed a Certificate of Effective Practice in Gifted Education (REACH Education NZ). Kathlyn has completed the A.G. Q.T.P Core, Extension and Specialising modules in Gifted Education. Kathlyn has taught all grades from grade one to Six, including multi ages of those grades. Kathlyn is one of the founding members of the Holland Park State School Gifted and Talented Committee. Kathlyn is a receiving teacher for gifted students and attends case study meetings for students nominated for acceleration. Kathlyn has a gifted child and twice exceptional grand child.

Neil Adams
Holland Park State School

Neil has a Bachelor of Education. Neil has completed the Australian Government Quality Teacher Program Core, Extension and Specialising modules in Gifted Education. He is a founding member of the Gifted and Talented Committee at Holland Park State School. Neil has been a receiving teacher for subject and whole year level accelerated students. He has provided mentoring and coaching in Philosophy, S.T.E.M. and Mathematics to gifted students.


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