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April 15, 2018

Connected Educator New Zealand Update

One for my Kiwi readers to begin their week.

Stay connected in education with Connected Educator NZ.
Kia ora koutou, talofa lava, malo e lelei.

As Term 1 draws to a close, let’s look at opportunities for you to connect and share during your non-contact time, and into Term 2.

There is POWER in being CONNECTED is a recent blogpost highlighting some of the benefits of being part of this group.

Connected Educator gives you…

New, daily opportunities for connecting and learning
The Connected Educator calendar brings you new events, forums, webinars, educamps, edu-ignites, teachmeets, field trips and more.

Alongside this, there is a daily smorgasbord of connected professional learning opportunities:

Media Monday
Sharing of Edtalks interviews, discussions and presentations from thought leaders, innovative educators and inspirational learners.

Tips and Tricks Tuesday
In our busy working week it is easy to miss new resources. Here the community shares the latest for you to use.

Wordy Wednesday
Handy book reviews are shared to support you in your professional reading.

Thinking Thursday
Connect with the thoughts, ideas and reflections of others by sharing blog posts.

Feedforward Friday
Preview upcoming events for the following week.

Do you have anything to share with other connected educators on these days?
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Starter Kete

Our Starter Kete is six ‘bite-sized chunks’ of professional development to support you as a connected educator.

Maybe this could be for your own professional learning, for you as a school leader to support staff, or for a Kāhui Ako?

  • Have you worked your way through Starter Kete days 1-5?
  • Have you downloaded the digital badges and attached them to your professional development log?
  • Have you joined the discussion in edSpace?

Please work your way through the kete and give us some feedback. Email anne.kenneally@core-ed.ac.nz.

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Thank you for connecting. Best wishes for a relaxing end of term.

Ka kite
Anne Kenneally and the CENZ team

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April 10, 2018

NZ Deep Learning Lab I Auckland – Registrations Now Open

And one for my Kiwi readers.

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NZ Deep Learning Lab 2018
Kia ora Michael

Join innovative and future focused educators at the New Zealand Deep Learning Lab, taking place in Auckland for the first time. This learning opportunity is part of a global project based on Michael Fullen’s work, and is a celebration of progress and exploration of the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning programme.

19-20 July 2018
Stonefields School
Auckland
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Who should attend?

Whether you are an educator looking to improve your teaching practice, part of an established Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako, or a school in the process of forming a Kāhui Ako, this professional learning is an excellent opportunity to learn from and collaborate with global experts to investigate and evaluate ways in which we can improve our teaching practice and outcomes for learners.

Who will be speaking?

This event will feature a variety of acclaimed and inspiring presenters, fresh from this month’s Global Deep Learning Lab in Vancouver. Our keynote speakers include:

  • Mag Gardner (NPDL Global Capacity Building Facilitator)
  • Chris Bradbeer (Associate Principal, Stonefields School)
  • Rosalie Reiri (Accredited Facilitator, CORE Education)

What’s on the programme?

Together we’ll explore:

  • going deeper with students at the centre
  • cultivating collaborative cultures
  • shifting practice – building precision.

The NPDL framework delivers great structure for schools, kura and Kāhui Ako. It will help you organise your professional learning development and work more collaboratively.

If you are interested in finding out more about deep learning, or you are already an NPDL cluster member, register now for this professional learning event.

Non-NPDL members
$455 +GST pp

Current NZ NPDL members* (first three registrations)
$95 +GST pp

Current NZ NPDL members* (additional registrations)
$350 +GST pp

* Discounted registration rates are available for NPDL members. If you are part of a member school or cluster, please contact your NPDL lead. If you’re interested in learning more about the NPDL programme and membership, visit our website or contact Margot McKeegan.
Be part of the action!

Have a question?

For further information please email Margot McKeegan or phone 027 506 3899.

This event is being hosted by CORE Education, in collaboration with New Pedagogies for Deep Learning. NPDL is a global collaboration of schools to build knowledge and practice that develop deep learning and foster whole system change. As the NZ partner for NPDL, CORE provides provides a national programme of support, providing a national community of practice and links to the international projects and partners to enrich and extend what you are doing in your own context. This includes facilitated support for participating schools or clusters on the use of the key frameworks and measurement approaches, developing improved teaching and learning practices that lead to more successful outcomes for all students. Further benefits and detailed information can be found on our website.

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April 8, 2018

Education News And Advice – April Newsletter

And one for my Kiwi readers to begin their week.

Inspiration for educators | Professional learning | Resources | Articles
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Ki te Ao - monthly newsletter
Kia ora Michael

The nights may be getting longer but there’s some light at the end of the tunnel with the school holidays just around the corner! We hope you enjoy a well-earned rest and can take some time to check out the great opportunities we have coming up for your professional learning. Read on to learn about the uLearn Innovation Symposium, ACCELERATOR events, Catalyst board game, and more.

Ka nanawe ake | uLearn18 Innovation Symposium
Collaboration at uLearn
If you are testing new ideas, inquiring, and disrupting the status quo in education, as an individual or as part of a group, the uLearn18 Innovation Symposium is the perfect platform to share your project with fellow educators. The call for abstracts is currently open, closing 31 May. Submit your abstract now and, if accepted as part of the programme, you’ll get a special presenter discount on your uLearn18 registration fee.
Find out more >
Break some rules at ACCELERATOR
Play. Think. Activate Change.
Two days of collaboration, fast-thinking and creativity are just around the corner. ACCELERATOR is a new and exciting immersive event, where you will be sparked to find innovative solutions to your teaching and learning dreams, ideas or challenges. Taking place in Christchurch (18-19 April), Auckland (26-27 April) and Wellington (17-18 July), this event is not to be missed by those wanting to activate change in education. Hurry, spaces are limited.
Find out more >

Are you game for change?

Catalyst board game - Powered by CORE
Catalyst is a game changer for teams of educators from early childhood centres, schools, kura, and Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako. A practical tool with a fun spin, Catalyst transforms teaching as inquiry into an engaging and social experience. Proving to be hit with educators wanting to challenge themselves to see learning through the eyes of their students and their whanāu, the first run sold out. Foster collaboration and inquiry in your team and pre-order this fun and helpful tool today.
Find out more >

From the blog

Rows of green seats with one yellow seat
What’s your point of difference?
Have you considered what makes your school special? James Hopkins encourages you to pinpoint what makes your school shine, sing it from the rooftops, and attract students and top quality teaching staff.
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Group discussion
There is POWER in being CONNECTED
Anne Kenneally discusses her past experiences of feeling isolated as an educator, and how social media networks and Connected Educator New Zealand (CENZ) can empower you to become globally connected.
More >
Koru
Grow your team
Rebbecca Sweeney poses some important questions for people in leadership roles, to ensure they’re leading effective and aspirational teams.
More >
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Professional Learning: workshops, programmes & events

Classroom
Workshops
Creating classroom environments to support wellbeing and engagement
AUCKLAND – 10 April
ONLINE – 20 June
WELLINGTON – 14 August
CHRISTCHURCH – 14 August
DUNEDIN – 14 August
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Kauri
FREE Virtual Field Trip
Kauri dieback – the spread and management of disease
NATIONWIDE – 8-10 May
Register
Facilitator
Online programme
Mentoring and coaching
NATIONWIDE – starts 23 July
Register
Kete
Online programme
Te Reo Puāwai Māori
NATIONWIDE – starts 7 May
NATIONWIDE – starts 23 July
Register
Breakfasts
Breakfasts
Seminars and workshops
PAKURANGA – 11 May
CHRISTCHURCH – 22 May
DUNEDIN – 23 May
WELLINGTON – 25 May
EPSOM – 1 June
Register
Waka
Thrive
Building sustainable futures
GISBORNE – 15-17 August
DUNEDIN – 15-17 August
ONLINE – 16-17 August
Register
Leading collaborative change
Workshops 
Leading collaborative change
CHRISTCHURCH – 8 May
AUCKLAND – 6 June
ONLINE – 14 June
WELLINGTON – 28 August
Register
Student
Workshops
Strategies to develop student agency
WELLINGTON – 17 May
CHRISTCHURCH – 17 May
AUCKLAND – 31 July
ONLINE – 8 November
Register
Collaborating at uLearn
uLearn18
Annual educators’ conference
AUCKLAND – 10-12 October
Register

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Wherever you are located in Aotearoa 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 Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako.

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March 27, 2018

Are You Game For Change?

One for my Kiwi readers.

Catalyst
The collaborative inquiry game – a catalyst for change.
Kia ora Michael
Have you heard about Catalyst?
It’s a game changer for teams of
educators from early childhood centres, schools, kura, and Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako.

A practical, game-like tool that transforms teaching as inquiry into an engaging and social experience, Catalyst is a valuable tool for anyone who wants to collaborate effectively, articulate challenges and map pathways to improve learner achievement.

Challenge yourself to see learning through the eyes of learners and their whānau, develop empathy and an understanding of their needs and motivations, and come away with a roadmap to activate changes.

> Find out more

Catalyst quickly identifies gaps in knowledge and data-gathering.”

– Brooke Moore, District Principal of Inquiry and Innovation, Delta School District BC

Are you game for change?

> Make an enquiry
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March 25, 2018

Streamed Breakfast Seminar – 25 May: Colouring In The White Spaces

One for my Kiwi readers.

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CORE Breakfast — Streaming
Colouring in the White Spaces
Kia ora Michael

We’d love it if you joined us for our next live streamed and recorded breakfast seminar, offering bite-sized professional development anywhere with an Internet connection.

Just weeks after a study involving nearly 1,700 children exposed the racism Māori learners encounter at school, Education Secretary Iona Holsted told a select committee that one major problem is that some teachers do not respond to the identity, culture and language of Māori children in their classes. She described this as “unconscious bias.”

From a student perspective, in a critique and analysis of the “Māori boys’ writing” focus of Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako achievement challenges in 2017, a Year 13 Māori researcher from Kia Aroha College asked, “We know we are not less intelligent than Pākehā, so how come they don’t know how to teach us?”

This seminar will unpack this question and explore how we can shift our gaze from our intense focus on what we think our Māori children can’t do, to examine and change our practice.

Connect to the live stream and have the opportunity to ask the presenter questions in real time, or receive the recorded video and be able to view with your team at your convenience. Better yet – get the benefits of both options!

Key details

Friday 25 May 2018
Live stream only: $80 + GST
Recorded video only: $80 + GST
Live stream and recorded video: $120 + GST
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What will this seminar involve?

  • Identifying bias and our “white spaces” – individual and systemic
  • Shifting thinking from culturally responsive to culturally sustaining, critical pedagogy
  • Exploring the importance of identity
  • Suggesting wider, deeper definitions of success and achievement.

Who is this seminar for?

This session will be of interest to primary and secondary teachers, and school leaders who genuinely want to give their Māori learners a very different schooling experience, by being prepared to honestly audit what counts as “normal” now in their practice. We can’t change what we don’t name and don’t own – this seminar will challenge you to think deeply about why our practice only works for some of our students.

Meet the presenter

Dr Ann MilneAs a Pākehā educator, Dr Ann Milne is a strong critic of pervasive, deficit-driven explanations of Māori and Pasifika “under achievement.” After leading the Kia Aroha Collegecommunity’s almost 30 year journey to develop a critical, culturally responsive learning approach centred on students’ identities “as Māori”, “as Samoan,” – as who they are first – Ann retired from the principal role to establish Ann Milne Education and to work with principals and schools to further challenge educational inequity. Her doctoral thesis describes school practice that is underpinned by the cultural knowledge and beliefs of its community, and which conscientises whānau to resist the status quo, to demand more, and to transform the educational experiences of our Māori and Pasifika learners. Her book, Colouring in the White Spaces: Reclaiming Cultural Identity in Whitestream Schools, was published in 2016 by Peter Lang (New York).

Other useful information

Hungry for more? Watch whenever, wherever.

Previously recorded breakfast seminars are now available to
download via our shop.

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