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January 30, 2017

NZC Online Newsletter

One for my Kiwi readers…

31 January 2017
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Kia ora and welcome to the January newsletter for NZC Online and a new school year for 2017. It’s designed to keep you up to date with new ideas, resources, stories, and research to help you give effect to the national curriculum in ways that best address your school context.
What’s new on NZC?
Fairhaven Special School: Culturally responsive pedagogy

Fairhaven Special School staff share their learning journey towards becoming a more culturally responsive inclusive school.

This school story is relevant to all schools reviewing their curriculum with their community.

National events and the NZC
These materials highlight national days and weeks of importance. They explain how national events link to The New Zealand Curriculum and provide ideas, resources, and tools to help schools get involved.

Term 1 2017
Chinese New Year, from January 28
By examining this celebration students can explore values such as diversity and respect, and develop conceptual understandings of culture, identity, and customs.

Waitangi Day, February 6
Waitangi Day provides an opportunity for students to examine social science concepts and values, and develop key competencies. Schools can also consider how the Treaty of Waitangi principle is used as a foundation for curriculum decision making.

See the national events page for events planned for the rest of the year.

NZ Senior Secondary Curriculum Guides
New Zealand Sign Language/Te Reo Rotarota, or NZSL, is the main language of the Deaf community in New Zealand. It became an official language of New Zealand in April 2006, alongside English and te reo Māori.

New Zealand Sign Language achievement standards for levels 6, 7, and 8 have been developed for use from 2017.What’s new or different?

Context elaborations are now available online:

New on TKI – Pasifika dual language books
A series of texts to help new entrant Pasifika children transition to English medium schools are now available. The resources are in line with the Pasifika Education Plan and the Ministry Statement of Intent, by ensuring the linguistic strengths these students bring to school will be used to build their English language and literacy.

The key resources comprise 20 dual language early reading books in five Pasifika languages (Gagana Sāmoa, Lea Faka-Tonga, Cook Islands Māori, Gagana Tokelau, and Vagahau Niue) and English.
These books will not come to your school unless you order them.
Books can be ordered from Down the Back of the Chair for each new entrant in your school from each Pacific group.
Other resources are available to support teachers and parents to use the books with the children. There are also audio files of all books in each language and in English available online.

Take another look…
From the blog: Learner agency
As you begin a new year you might like to think about ways you can give your students more agency over their learning this year. Students have a sense of agency when they feel in control of things that happen around them; when they feel that they can influence events.

Our latest blog post unpacks learner agency and how we can support students to be active participants in their learning.

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