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May 5, 2016

May Newsletter — Addressing Pākehā paralysis, Ten Trends: Sustainability And More

One for my Kiwi readers…

Discover all the latest in education from CORE Education. News, resources and inspiration for educators.
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Ki te Ao — CORE newsletter
Kia ora Michael

Welcome to CORE Education’s newsletter for May 2016. We hope you had a restful term break, and are ready and raring to go for Term 2!

In this month’s edition, learn all about the trend of technology’s increasing role in sustainability, address Pākehā paralysis in supporting Māori educational success, and discover various upcoming professional learning opportunities for you to gain from.

Ten Trends 2016


The world in our hands
CORE’s full set of Ten Trends resources are online and growing! Each trend has sections for links, videos, professional learning, and research, which are added to weekly by our teams of facilitators and advisors. Recently, Alex Hotere-Barnes and Teanau Tuiono have added new research and links to support the trend we see in the role of new technologies to explore and address environmental sustainability. Discover how your centre, kura, or school can take a future-oriented approach to looking after our natural world.
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Addressing Pākehā paralysis with non-stupid optimism

Alex Hotere-Barnes
In the latest video from EDtalks, Alex Hotere-Barnes discusses non-stupid optimism, and how it can help Pākehā educators who are unsure of what they can do to improve educational outcomes for Māori. As a third-generation Pākehā, Alex draws on his own experiences of learning tikanga and te reo to build proactive relationships with Māori students, colleagues, and whānau.

If you would like to take the next step in learning te reo Māori, register now for the online and blended nine-week programme, Te Reo Manahua Māori.

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Emerging Leaders’ Summit

Affirming your leadership journey

Emerging Leaders' Summit workshop
Are you a new leader, or looking to take on a leadership role in the near future? Featuring highly relevant, effective presentations and networking opportunities, the 2016 Emerging Leaders’ Summit will be held in Auckland, 18-19 June, and Wellington, 25-26 June. Scott Sargison from Tauhara College attended last year’s Summit and “would absolutely encourage anyone who finds themselves in the position of leadership to attend this course.”

Find out more about how the Summit has contributed to Scott’s leadership journey, and read Mark Osborne’s latest blog post, Leadership in a (permanent) crisis.

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Supporting Computer Science in high schools

Computer science
CORE is excited to be a recipient of Google’s Computer Science for High Schools grant. As a result, watch this space for a free, online programme coming soon, focusing on providing current and relevant knowledge on teaching and learning Computer Science. With computational thinking skills becoming increasingly important, it will be a professional learning opportunity not to be missed.
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Connecting, collaborating and leading for 21st century learning

Advance Education Technology Summit
CORE is proud to be a Foundation Partner of the NZTech Advance Education Technology Summit. The aim of the event is to stimulate and share ideas about using technology in our schools/centres, while supporting the growth of New Zealand EdTech. Senior school leaders, curriculum HoDs and ICT/technology leads can participate in the Pedagogy and Technology or EdTech for Export streams, or attend sessions that combine insights from both.
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From the blog

I Too Am Auckland
I Too Am Auckland
Teanau Tuiono reflects on the challenges and experiences of Pasifika students, drawing on the University of Auckland’s I Too Am Auckland project.
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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
FASD — An invisible disability
Jane Armstrong answers questions about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. What is it? How do you recognise it? And how can you support children who have it?
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Innovative Learning Environment
“My brain is in my bum”
Mark Maddren discusses his experiences of visiting innovative learning environments, and the importance of providing opportunities for students to discover how they learn best.
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Courses and events

Effective pedagogy
18 May

Effective Pedagogy half-day workshop
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Using technology to support te reo Māori
7 June

Using technology to support te reo Māori workshop
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Numeracy in an ILE
19 May

Effective numeracy in an ILE half-day workshop
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Innovative Learning Environment
Starts 25 July

Modern Learning Practice programme
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Digital technology in Early Years
25 May

Digital Technology in Early Years seminar and workshop
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uLearn keynote presentation
5-7 October

uLearn annual educators’ conference
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Contact us

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