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May 6, 2017

Education News And Advice – CORE May Newsletter

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 our May issue of Ki te Ao. This month we feature our recently developed Collaboration Framework document, a follow up whitepaper from the NZTech Advance Education Technology Summit and read about why middle leadership matters…and lots more.

Collaboration Framework

Our recently developed Collaboration Framework document is for any group of schools, kura and early childhood services that are working together across leaders, tumuaki, kaiako, teachers, iwi, communities, whānau and learners. It has been designed to support any collaborative group to review their practices and can be used as a formative self-review tool to help groups to identify what effective collaboration that makes a difference for learners looks like, next steps towards becoming a more effective collaborative group and ways of monitoring progress towards the collaborative state.
Download document >

NZTech Advance Education Technology Summit

Since former Education Minister Hekia Parata announced the integration of digital technology into the New Zealand curriculum at last year’s NZTech Advance Education Technology Summit, we are at a pivotal point to discuss the progress and the challenges confronting us as a wave of change takes over the education sector. Learn the critical steps identified and recommendations for successful digital integration in education from last year’s summit detailed in the whitepaper. Click here to learn more about this year’s summit.
Read the whitepaper >

Pasifika Grant – applications open now

Each year as part of our charitable awards and scholarships, CORE supports teachers by providing a Pasifika grant. The purpose of this grant is to provide professional and financial support for teacher inquiry or projects that bring change in teaching practice for the benefit of Pasifika learners.
Apply now >

Blog Post – Middle Leadership Matters

We feature a blog article written by Joanne Robson (CORE Education) and Martin Bassett (Unitec Institute of Technology).

If you are interested in learning more about ensuring Middle Leadership Matters, Joanne Robson is leading CORE’s Empower online 20-week course: Middle Leadership Matters, starting 6 June.

Read more >

Changing Spaces

On 28 April educators from around New Zealand descended on Stonefields School in Auckland to learn about implementing innovative learning environments, and working collaboratively in them with both colleagues and students. Check out the social media story from the day to explore these key themes.
If you missed out on the event, the uLearn Changing Spaces pre-conference this year also focusses on ILEs and how both new and adapted schools in the region are working within the spaces. Join us at Rototuna Junior High on 10 October.
Read more >

Samoan Language week – 28 May to 3 June

Samoan Language week is a chance for us to think about our use of the Gagana Samoa Greetings and to celebrate the Samoan culture. Approximately sixty per cent of Samoans living in New Zealand speak Gagana Samoa.
Listen to our podcast with Aiono and Ānaru for helpful tips on pronouncing Gagana Samoa Greetings – including how the word Rhododendron can assist you with pronouncing Pasifika.
Plus you can sign up to our blended programme Gagana Samoa – Talanoa Mai.
Read more >

Professional learning – workshops, programmes & events

Breakfast seminar 
Making your school library a hub of innovation, collaboration and learning

AUCKLAND  – 26 May
DUNEDIN – 17 May

Starts 12 June
20 weeks   
Online programme 
Building Evaluative Capability
BYOD Implementation


CORE Leaders’ Summit

AUCKLAND – 17 June

Creating culturally responsive schools

DUNEDIN – 13 June

21 June 
Breakfast Seminar
Learning through gaming and game design

DUNEDIN – 21 June


Contact us

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