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June 2, 2017

NZC Online Newsletter June 2017

One for my Kiwi readers.

1 July 2017
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Kia ora and welcome to the June newsletter for NZC Online. In these newsletters we keep you up to date with resources, stories, and research to help you implement your school curriculum. Our theme for the June edition is cultural responsiveness.
Māori achieving success as Māori

Māori achieving success as Māori at Clendon Park School
Māori students at Clendon Park School have a strong sense of pride, achieve high levels of academic achievement, and often take on leadership roles in their contributing schools. Our latest school snapshot describes how teachers at Clendon Park School support Māori to achieve success as Māori.

MASAM spotlight 
Use our second spotlight to engage in professional learning about Māori achieving success as Māori. Explore what MASAM means to you and work together with your staff to devise ways to be more culturally responsive.

Supporting the language and culture of Sāmoa
Sāmoa Language Week
This week we celebrate Sāmoa Language Week. Learning a new language gives us insight into new ways of thinking, and different beliefs and cultural practices. Our events page is full of teaching ideas and useful resources to help you nurture gagana Sāmoa (the language of Sāmoa) in your schools.

Samoan identity, language, and culture
In our latest blog Fa’atili Iosua Esera, principal of Sutton Park School, explains some important aspects of Samoan identity. Fa’atili also offers suggestions on how you can support gagana Sāmoa and aganu‘u fa‘asāmoa (the culture of Sāmoa) in your schools and classrooms.

Mark your calendars
Matariki, from 25 June 2017
Matariki provides an opportunity for students to explore the values of diversity, community and participation, and respect for self and others. It is also a useful context to examine the social science concepts of cultural identity, place and environment, and continuity and change. Our events page offers ideas and resources to help you honour this unique New Zealand celebration with your schools and communities.
What’s new?
Education Act Update
The Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 is a comprehensive update of New Zealand’s education legislation. The Act’s changes will take effect gradually between 19 May 2017 and January 2020. The new Act introduces changes to put the progress and achievement of children and young people at the heart of the education system. Use the quick guide to find out more.

Spiral of inquiry: leaders leading learning
This resource from Educational Leaders promotes the leadership of collaborative, evidence-informed inquiry in ways that keep learners’ progress at the centre. It provides field-tested tools and ideas to support leaders and teachers to apply spirals of inquiry, learning and action with their learners.

Coming soon to NZC Online
Learner agency spotlight
Our next spotlight helps you explore and better support learner agency at your schools. Follow us on Facebook or through our Twitter feed @nzcurriculum to receive notification of its release.
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