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February 10, 2017

February CORE Newsletter – ILE PLS Options, Māori Education Research Paper 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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Kia Ora Michael

Welcome to 2017! We hope you are feeling recharged and ready to tackle the opportunities that this year will bring.

In this edition, we profile a research paper on Māori medium education, showcase our upcoming professional learning options on Innovative Learning Environments, and invite you to enrol for LEARNZ’s first virtual field trip for 2017.


Taking stock of Māori medium educational resources: priorities, gaps and futures?

Alex Hotere-Barnes, Te Mihinga Komene, and Wawaro Te Whaiti have recently published this bilingual summary. It aims to provide the Māori medium education sector with a snapshot of what pouako priorities and aspirations are for resource development, and what gaps need to be addressed. Read this paper in our research section (scroll down to Reports and Publications).
Read more >


Professional learning solutions on this on-trend topic

Across education, there is a growing awareness of the role that the physical environment plays in supporting powerful teaching and learning. Far from being passive, the built environment exerts pressure on us to act and behave in particular ways, and when used to support or promote high-effect pedagogies and practices can make a considerable difference to student learning. At CORE we have a variety of professional learning options from free blog resources, half-day workshops, online programmes and one-day events.


Marine mammals – Are we loving terehu too much?

The first virtual field trip for LEARNZ is starting on 28 February. On this field trip during SeaWeek, you will find out about terehu and other marine mammals (kekeno – NZ fur seal, maki – orca, and ika moana – whale).

Some highlights will include (subject to weather):

  • Sailing on a dolphin-watching catamaran, to see seals, dolphins, and maybe orca
  • Working with dolphin scientists out on the ocean
Read More >
Enrol now >

From the blog

Coverage, congestion and curriculum
Derek Wenmoth gets educators to start thinking about the curriculum they offer, and the way they offer it.
More >
He rerekē tēnei, i tēnā — Each has its own uniqueness
Anaru White and Te Mako Orzecki highlight the importance of correct pronunciation of names.
More >
Once upon a time …in 2017
Sue Bridges discusses the need to help akonga/learners make the best of digital aspects of their lives
More >
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Courses and events

20 February
Online Programme
Modern Learning Curriculum
28 February & 2 March
Creating inclusive and responsive classrooms


20 February
Online Programme
Professional Inquiry
17 & 16 March
Breakfast seminar 

Learning through gaming and game design


27 February
Blended Programme
Implementing your Pasifika Action Plan
21 & 23 March 
Introduction to Google Suite



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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.

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