Virtual School Meanderings

May 29, 2016

NZC Online Newsletter

One for my Kiwi readers as they begin their week…

27th May 2016
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Welcome to the May newsletter for NZC online. This month we highlight our new section Curriculum and the community. Last month we co-ran an #edchatNZ to explore community engagement and curriculum design. #edchatNZ runs a professional twitter chat every fortnight, asking educators from all over Aotearoa to explore issues relating to the profession. “Our” #edchatNZ explored what New Zealand schools are doing to encourage community input into curriculum design.
NEW section – Curriculum and the communtiy
This new section captures the thoughts and responses from this chat to further help schools connect and collaborate with their communities when designing curriculum. It includes seven Q and A posts which offer teacher voice, schools stories, reflective questions, and links to further conversations and support.Each week we unpack a new question, bringing together the responses that we received. Key ideas are supported by stories from schools, and reflective questions are provided to stimulate professional conversation in your school context.
Question 1 – live 20 May 2016
“Why engage with the community when designing your school curriculum?”Question 2 – live 27 May 2016
 “How have you or your school engaged the community in curriculum design?”Five more packages are still to come, so keep an eye out each Friday for a new one!The slideshows enable you to get involved in the discussion. Hover over the tweets to reply or retweet. Alternatively, you can email us your thoughts and stories. We would love to hear from you.
National events and community engagemant
Three national events this term will give you further opportunities to connect with your community.

Sāmoa Language Week, from 29 May
Next week is Samoa language week / Vaiaso o le gagana Sāmoa .This is a great context for involving learners and aiga in language learning, and being part of your everyday classroom curriculum.

Matariki, from 6 June
The pre-dawn rise of Matariki can be seen in the last days of May or early June every year. By celebrating Matariki at your school you can bring a range of NZC principles to life, and involve the local Māori community in developing priorities for Māori learners and the teaching of tikanga and Te Reo Māori at your school.

Te wiki o te reo Māori, from 4 July
Te Wiki o te reo Māori takes place this year from 4 – 10 July. Our resource page offers ideas, links, and stories to help schools engage with their parents, families, and whānau to support the learning of te reo Māori in both the school and home environment.

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