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June 3, 2016

June Newsletter — Samoan Language Week, Equitable Access & More

One for my Kiwi readers…

Discover the latest news, resources and inspiration from CORE Education.
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Ki te Ao — CORE newsletter
Talofa lava Michael

Welcome to CORE Education’s newsletter for June 2016. As winter sets in we’ve got some great content to keep you occupied as you huddle by the heater! Check out some valuable resources to support Samoan Language Week, learn about the importance of equitable access to technologies for all students, and the value of Open Educational Resources. We also congratulate our Pasifika Education Grant recipients for 2016, and much more.

Manuia le aso,
CORE Education

Samoan Language Week

29 May – 4 June 2016

Samoan Language Week
This week is Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa — Samoan Language Week. It’s a special time to celebrate Samoan language and culture, and raise awareness of Gagana Sāmoa being one of the most widely spoken languages in New Zealand. The theme for 2016 is, “E felelei manu ae ma’au i o latou ofaga — Birds migrate to environments where they survive and thrive”. Take a look at the Human Rights Commission’s website for some excellent resources to support language acquisition in your early childhood centre or school, and check out the remaining language week events taking place near you.

If you would like to support Pasifika Education throughout the year, register now for our nine-week programme Implementing your Pasifika Action Plan, starting 1 August.

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Equitable access

Ten Trends 2016

Equitable access
Rapid advancements in digital technology over recent years has changed the way we work, learn, and communicate. In order to fully benefit from these developments however, we must ensure there isequitable access for all. This is the next of CORE’s Ten Trends in education for 2016.

Learn more about the possibilities for equitable access to develop educational achievement regardless of location, background, ability, or socio-economic status on our website, including links to valuable research and resources.

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Open Educational Resources

What, why and how?

Open resources
Imagine the potential of having free access to thousands of educational resources at your fingertips, without the need to jump through hoops to be able to actually use them.

Earlier in the year, CORE Education’s Knowledge Curator and Library Consultant, Paula Eskett, had the opportunity to attend the Institute for Open Leadership in Cape Town, South Africa. The Institute was hosted by Creative Commons, and provided a learning opportunity that brought together up-and-coming leaders to develop and implement open licensing policies. Have a read of Paula’s latest blog post to learn about the benefits of open access, how this can particularly help the education sector, and the current status of the Open movement in New Zealand and around the world.

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Scholarship announcements

Pasifika Education Grant recipients

Pasifika Education
We would like to congratulate the recipients of the Pasifika Education Grant for 2016: Paloma Samu, Marieta Enticott, Mamaitaloa Sagapolutele, Niulesā Anthony Faitaua, Toleafoa Avauli Pete Setefano, Chris Theobald, Gina Lefaoseu, Ana Maile Tui, and Senia Samuelu Eastmure.

These recipients come from a range of ECE, primary, intermediate and secondary services. We look forward to their teacher inquiries and projects benefiting all Pasifika learners.

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From the blog

Who navigates change?
Who navigates change?
Angela Vermeulen reflects on the need for change, the difference between “hard” and “uncomfortable”, and what makes an effective change leader.
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Personalising student devices
Personalising student devices
Lynne Silcock prompts some questions for you to consider when personalising devices, making them more accessible, efficient, and enjoyable for all students to use.
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A stranger in a strange land?
A stranger in a strange land?
Andrew Penny discusses his recent epiphany and motivation for addressing his own “Pākehā paralysis” and learning te reo Māori. Join him as he starts his journey.
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Courses and events

Navigating the world of robotics and code
16 June

Navigating the world of robotics and code workshop
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Emerging Leaders' Summit
18-19 and 25-26 June
Auckland and Wellington

Emerging Leaders’ Summit two-day conference
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Google Apps for Education: Going further
16 June

Google Apps for Education: Going further workshop
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Inclusive Education: What does it look like?
24 June

Inclusive Education: What does it look like? Breakfast
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What will it mean to be educated in 2050? Breakfast
17 June

What will it mean to be educated in 2050? Breakfast
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5-7 October

uLearn annual educators’ conference
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Contact us

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If you are looking for specific professional learning and development, talk to one of our consultants orApple Consultants who can tailor PLD to you or your school.

We also have a range of facilitated online programmes just announced for Term 3 which you can participate in from anywhere.

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