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July 29, 2019

NZC Online Newsletter July 2019

A newsletter that may be of interest to my Kiwi readers.

July 2019
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Welcome to term 3 and the July 2019 newsletter for NZC Online. In these newsletters we keep you up to date with resources, research, and events to help you implement your local curriculum.

What’s new on NZC Online?

Celebrating Samoan culture and identity
In our latest blog, teacher Jo Henderson explains how she and her students recently celebrated Samoan Language Week.

Creating a connected curriculum
In this blog, Celia Fleck, Ministry of Education accredited PLD facilitator working for Future Learning Solutions, explains the importance of making connections in your local curriculum and offers practical suggestions on how you can connect your learners to the health and physical education learning area.

National events and the national curriculum
Our events page has been updated so you can see what national weeks you can celebrate with your students and community in term 3.

Digging deeper into the New Zealand Curriculum
We have refreshed our curriculum page so that you can find resources to support different parts of the NZC. Check out the purple boxes at the bottom of these sections and dig deeper into our national curriculum:

NZC Spotlights
  • Are you a principal or team leader looking for support with staff PLD?
  • Or a teacher looking to refresh your own understanding of the NZC?
  • Or maybe a beginning teacher looking to dig into the NZC more deeply?

NZC spotlights are mini professional learning sessions that focus on a specific aspect of The New Zealand Curriculum. Presented on Google Slides, NZC spotlights include short readings, videos, and follow up activities. Further resources are suggested at the end of each session for those who want to access more information.

Our latest spotlight focuses on cultural diversity – helping you affirm students’ different cultural identities and incorporate their cultural contexts into teaching and learning programmes.

Celebrating this coming month
Cook Islands Language Week / Te epetoma o te reo Māori Kuki Airanifrom 4–10 August 2019
Kia orāna! The theme for this year is “Taku rama, taau toi: ora te Reo” – “My Torch, Your Adze: The Language Lives.” Cook Islands Language Week is a chance for all Kiwis to celebrate and learn about the rich languages and culture of the Cook Islands.

Maths Week
Maths Week is an annual event that aims to make maths practical and fun for students. Teachers can register their classes on the Maths Week website for access to games and challenges.

Professional learning
New Tapasā resource videos
Check out the first batch of recently released Tapasā resource videos. Each video has conversation starters, supplementary resources, and subtitles to build teachers’ confidence in using Tapasā to engage with Pacific learners.

New guides on Inclusive Education with practical strategies for teachers
The Inclusive Education website has three new online guides for schools:

Do you understand the changes to NCEA?
The Ministry of Education is running 26 regional hui that are open to anyone wanting to learn more about the changes. Register now for an event in your region.

Teaching mathematics creatively: Using problems and rich tasks
This blog post from the New Zealand Association for Research in Education explores some of the key shifts involved in teaching mathematics through rich tasks and problem solving, and provides some practical suggestions and resources for teachers.

Your feedback helps
NZC OnlineWe would love to hear from you if you have ideas to make the website easier to use, or better for you, or if you have ideas for future blog posts or newsletters.

Email us at: nzcurriculum@tki.org.nz

June 26, 2019

NZC Online Newsletter June 2019

Another one for my Kiwi readers.

June 2019
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Welcome to the June 2019 newsletter for NZC Online. In these newsletters we keep you up to date with resources, research, and events to help you implement your local curriculum.

Celebrating Matariki this month 

The Māori New Year is marked by the rise of the Pleiades star cluster and the sighting of the new moon. In 2019, the Matariki cluster returns from 25 June and the Matariki period is 25 June to 3 July. Use our Matariki events page to find resources and ideas to help you celebrate Matariki with your ākonga and wider school community.

Local curriculum design

Leading local curriculum guide series
The Leading Local Curriculum Guide series will have arrived at your school. This series has been developed to deliberately steer your curriculum and assessment decisions as you strengthen your local curriculum. It will support you to use tools to assess progress that is informative, and strengthen the partnerships you have with parents and whānau. You can also download the series from NZC Online.

Learning locally – Connecting kids to their community
Are you looking for ways to explore and develop your local curriculum? One way to get started is to identify the rich learning opportunities that already exist in your own community. Our latest blog offers some ideas, stories, and questions to help your students “learn locally”.

Motivating and engaging children through a rich local curriculum
A 2018 ERO publication describes how staff at Sylvia Park School motivated and engaged their students through a rich local curriculum. Each term the teachers implemented an inquiry designed to make their children curious about what they needed to learn and what was happening in their lives, their community, and the world.

Professional learning
New Pīkau | toolkits for Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko
Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko | National Readiness Programme is an online and face to face professional support programme to support educators to teach the new curriculum content in the revised Technology learning area and Hangarau Wāhanga Ako. There are now 10 pīkau | toolkits for Hangarau Matihiko and 11 for Digital Technologies. The pīkau are in te reo Māori and English. Sign up and find a pīkau that’s right for you.

TeachNZ study awards, sabbaticals and study support grants
If you’re a teacher or principal, you can apply for a TeachNZ study award or grant so that you can inquire, investigate or study, with support provided for you and your school.
Applications for the following awards are now open.

Greedy Cat is back!
In your school now – five all-new Greedy Cat books full of mischievous fun!

There is now a Greedy Cat book for guided reading at each level of the colour wheel. Teacher support material and mp3 audio are available from Instructional Series on TKI.

You can also join Instructional Series Online on Facebook to keep up with all the latest content.

This Ed Gazette article shares some of the journey Author Joy Cowley and illustrator Robyn Belton have enjoyed over nearly 40 years of collaboration on the Greedy Cat books.

Your feedback helps
NZC OnlineWe would love to hear from you if you have ideas to make the website easier to use, or better for you, or if you have ideas for future blog posts or newsletters.

Email us at: nzcurriculum@tki.org.nz

May 22, 2019

NZC Online Newsletter May 2019

Another item from my Kiwi readers.

May 2019
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Welcome to the May 2019 newsletter for NZC Online. In these newsletters we keep you up to date with resources to help you implement your school curriculum.

What’s new on NZC Online? 

Whose voices help to shape your local curriculum?
The New Zealand Curriculum encourages schools to seek out and listen to the ideas of students, parents, families, whānau, and the wider community when designing their local curriculum. This blog provides ideas, questions, tools, and examples to help you design a local curriculum that reflects what is important to your community.

Some misunderstandings about play
Leslee Allen, principal of Kaurihohore School, is an advocate and practitioner of play based learning. In this blog, Leslee responds to three common misunderstandings about play.

NCEA News
NCEA Change Package Overview 2019
Following the national conversation on the future of NCEA the Government has now announced the change package which has resulted from this engagement.
Take another look

Strengthening Local Curriculum guides

The Strengthening Local Curriculum guides are arriving in schools this week.
You can also download them from NZC Online.

Local Curriculum: This guide focuses on the key elements of designing and reviewing your local curriculum. It can also be used for ongoing review.

Assessment for Learning: This guide focuses on informal assessment for learning in the classroom to inform teaching and learning, including selecting appropriate assessment tools for equitable and positive outcomes for all students.

Information Sharing and Building Learning Partnerships: 
This guide can be used to lead conversations with:

  • your staff, parents, whānau, hapū, iwi, and the wider community – so you can better understand what opportunities there are to build and strengthen learning partnerships.
  • your staff – to review your local information sharing practices and decide what is working well and what can be improved.

Professional Learning
TeachNZ scholarships 2019

Applications for 2019 TeachNZ scholarships are now open for the third and final time. There are still places available for the following scholarships:
• 2019 TeachNZ Science, Technology and Maths Secondary
• 2019 TeachNZ Māori Medium (Primary) and Te Reo Māori (Secondary or Wharekura)
• 2019 TeachNZ Career Changer Scholarships

Visit the TeachNZ website for more information. If you have any questions about these scholarships email TeachNZ.Admin@education.govt.nz or call 0800 165 225.

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko Digital Readiness – free workshops
Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko are in your region offering free workshops
to support teachers, kaiako, and leaders to better understand and implement the revised DT & HM curricula content. Find out more and register at https://ahikaroa.kiatakatu.ac.nz/ 

Mark your calendars
National events and the NZC 

Techweek 2019  20–26 May 2019
Techweek celebrates New Zealand’s fast-growing technology and innovation sectors and raises awareness of the need for greater ICT skills and a “tech-savvy” culture for everyone.

Ramadan
Our New Zealand Muslim community is currently observing Ramadan, a month long celebration to commemorate Allah. We have shared information on Islamic practices and etiquette.

Sāmoan Language Week  26 May–1 June 2019 
Samoan Language Week / Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa is being held this year from Sunday 26 May to Saturday 1 June. The theme for this year is: ‘Lalaga le si’osi’omaga mo se lumana’i manuia’ – ‘Weave an environment for a better future’.

If you’d like to share how you are celebrating these special days in your school, send us an email at nzcurriculum@tki.org.nz or jump onto our NZC Online facebook page and leave us a comment under the appropriate post.

Your feedback helps
NZC OnlineWe would love to hear from you if you have ideas to make the website easier to use, or better for you, or if you have ideas for future blog posts or newsletters.

Email us at: nzcurriculum@tki.org.nz

April 30, 2019

NZC Online Newsletter April 2019

A second item for my Kiwi readers.

April 2019
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Welcome to term 2 and the April 2019 newsletter for NZC Online. In these newsletters we keep you up to date with resources to help you implement your school curriculum.
What’s new on NZC Online? 

Cultural Diversity

Cultural Diversity Spotlight

Our twelfth spotlight explores the cultural diversity principle, helping you affirm students’ different cultural identities and incorporate their cultural contexts into teaching and learning programmes.

Find short videos, group activities, and opportunities for personal reflection.

Deepen Understanding of Cultural Diversity

This is a selection of activities from the Ministry of Education publication Defining Diversity: A Facilitation Manual to use with New to New Zealand (2008). The activities are designed to assist Boards of Trustees, senior management, teachers, and parents to deepen their understanding of cultural diversity and encourage the development of culturally appropriate responses.

New research

We have updated the research page with the following new articles.

Take another look

Local Curriculum

Many of you will have been able to attend the Local Curriculum workshops in your region.
A reminder that the updated guides are online and contain many stories of schools who are developing their own local curriculum and ideas to support you developing your own local curriculum.

Wellbeing

Recovery and wellbeing advice after the tragic event of 15 March
Ministry of Education information for parents and educators.

Supporting adults
This section provides information for adults on supporting themselves and getting a good sleep, and for principals on supporting their staff.

Response, recovery and wellbeing after the tragic event in Christchurch
This Education Gazette article has good ideas for recovery and ongoing wellbeing in schools.

Have your say

Proposed change to national priorities for Professional Learning and Development (PLD)

The current PLD priorities focus on specific learning areas: pāngarau and maths; pūtaiao and science; te reo matatini (pānui, tuhituhi, kōrero) and reading and writing; and digital fluency. The Ministry have worked with the Curriculum Progress and Achievement Reference Group to develop priorities that focus on the foundations of good teaching practice.

You are invited to take part in an online survey on the proposed priorities. 
The survey is available in English and Te Reo.

Mark your calendars
National events and the NZC 

Our events pages link to The New Zealand Curriculum and provide you with ideas, resources, and tools to help you and your school get involved.

In May we have:

If you’d like to share how you are celebrating these special days in your school, send us an email at nzcurriculum@tki.org.nz or jump onto our NZC Online facebook page and leave us a comment under the appropriate post.

Your feedback helps
NZC OnlineWe would love to hear from you if you have ideas to make the website easier to use, or better for you, or if you have ideas for future blog posts or newsletters.

Email us at: nzcurriculum@tki.org.nz

March 20, 2019

NZC Online newsletter March 2019 – UPDATE

An item from my Kiwi readers.

March 2019 – UPDATE
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In the wake of Friday’s shocking event in Christchurch, the Ministry of Education is providing support to schools, kura, and early learning services. This is a really tough time for New Zealanders and it is critical our children and young people get the support and care they need as they return to schools and other learning institutions. We also need to look after our teachers and staff.

The Ministry is very focused on Christchurch but we know children and young people around the country have been impacted by Friday’s events and we are ensuring everyone is provided with the support they need.

Support in the wake of Christchurch
Tips for parents and educators: Supporting children and young people
Tips for parents and educators on supporting conversations with children and young people have been circulated to all New Zealand schools and early learning services.

Ministry resources that focus on resilience and diversity:

Resilience and mental health resources provided by other organisations:

  • My FRIENDS Youth Resilience Programme
    This aims to help students in years 7–11 become confident, lifelong learners. It has been shown to help build students’ resilience – their ability to overcome anxiety and cope with difficult and challenging situations.
  • Mental health education and hauora: Teaching interpersonal skills, resilience, and wellbeing
    This NZCER resource supports teaching children and young people about mental health, wellbeing, resilience, and interpersonal skills.
  • Common Ground
    Common Ground helps adults to support young people in years 1–13 to manage hard times and enjoy happier lives. It includes tips on how to get help, initiate difficult conversations with young people, and identify a young person in need of help.

Your feedback helps
NZC OnlineWe would love to hear from you if you have ideas to make the website easier to use, or better for you, or if you have ideas for future blog posts or newsletters.

Email us at: nzcurriculum@tki.org.nz

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