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November 10, 2016

November CORE Newsletter – Explore Your 2017 PLD Options With Our Ministry Accredited Team

One for my Kiwi readers…

Discover all the latest in education from CORE Education. News, resources and inspiration for educators.
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Kia Ora Michael

Welcome to CORE Education’s November 2016 newsletter. It’s nice to feel the weather warming up and to be able to enjoy the longer evenings as we approach the end of the year.

In this month’s edition, we provide an update on our Ministry-accredited facilitators. We feature a very useful video as well as a free online event from our Connected Educator team. We also highlight an important research project in which NZ schools are able to be involved, plus lots more!

CORE’s accredited facilitators available throughout NZ

We’re delighted to announce that CORE now has 66 Accredited Facilitators.

The Ministry has used an accreditation process to quality assure all facilitators who deliver Ministry-funded PLD from 2017. Members of our accredited team live throughout New Zealand, and are available to work with schools / kura and CoLs | Kāhui Ako where ever you are.

We will be adding profiles of our Accredited Facilitators to our website in the next month, so you can check out who is available in your area. If you would like a list of who they are before that time, email us at the address below and we’ll send the list to you.

We are always available to discuss your PLD requirements, Ministry-funded or not, so, if you want to chat to someone about what’s possible, email us on and we’ll arrange a time to ring that suits you.

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Connected Educator Aotearoa New Zealand

The value of becoming a Connected Educator

Click here to watch a really useful video interview with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, CEO of Powerful Learning Practice, where Sheryl outlines the benefits and value of becoming a Connected Educator in today’s world.

Join us in January for our free online conference on the #1st5days. Held 26-27 January 2017, early childhood, primary, and secondary educators will explore how they can best support learners during those first five days of the school year.

All ongoing, free, and archived events can be found on the Connected Educator websiteSign up to receive regular updates from the team.

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Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change (ILETC) project

We encourage you to have your say.

CORE Education is very aware of the role that the physical environment plays in supporting powerful teaching and learning, and the direct, positive impact this can have on students.

The University of Melbourne is conducting the ILETC research project, which will help shape the future of learning spaces for students and improve learning outcomes. The first stage is about collecting data on the way teachers use ILEs, and asks principals across New Zealand to have their say in a national survey that can be accessed here.

To find out more about the project visit or click here to watch a short video for an overview of the project.

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CORE’s Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF) 

We are delighted to announce that we will have the privilege to work alongside teachers and kaiako in nine TLIF projects across Aotearoa — New Zealand.
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From the blog

An invitation to play 
Tania Coutts discovers the role of play in learning and has provided questions for educators to consider when planning learning activities.
TBH – Māori boys’ writing may not be your target!
Janelle Riki-Waaka gets educators to uncover the story behind their achievement data for Māori boys.
What is UDL thinking?
Lynne Silcock explains what this Universal Design for Learning framework is, and how it to get the best learning outcomes with it.
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Courses and events

16 November
Workshop: Creating Time to Lead
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20 February
Online programme

Modern Learning Practice
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17 November

Workshop: Smooth your Curriculum Delivery: Student Agency and Global Connectedness

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20 February
Blended programme

Te Reo Puāwai Māori
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22 November


Workshop: Transforming Learning with Maker Space Challenges
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27 February
Online programme

Innovative Learning Environments
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Contact us

We love receiving your feedback. Feel free to email us anytime!

Wherever you are located in New Zealand, if you are looking for specific professional learning and development, talk to one of our consultants who can tailor PLD to you, your school or your CoL.

Copyright © 2016 CORE Education, All rights reserved.
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CORE Education

144 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Central

Christchurch, Canterbury 8013

New Zealand

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