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January 21, 2021

CORE Blog: Opportunities to push the boundaries: How a little achieves a lot

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Opportunities to push the boundaries: How a little achieves a lot

By Sarah Te One

Every year CORE Education offers a fellowship to kaiako from all sectors in education and throughout Aotearoa to follow their passions and push the boundaries of educational possibility. There are some big words in there – “passions”, “pushing boundaries”, “possibility”. The whole concept of the eFellowship is to make a difference by disrupting current ways

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Powerful storytelling using Google Earth for Web

By Fionna Wright

Most people would tell you they love a good story. Stories can change our attitudes, help us form opinions and even inspire us. Many educators use storytelling to create engaging and emotional connections for learning. LEARNZ has been creating and sharing great stories through virtual field trips for over 20 years. Our stories are about

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Imagine a rainbow – the Arts and learning

By Rachel McNamara

By Rachel McNamara – inspired by uLearn20 keynote Peter O’Connor Have you ever watched a group of 3-year-olds dance? It’s gold! I laugh. I cry. It’s better than any Dancing with the Stars episode I can tell you. They don’t care who’s watching – they’re in boots and all. My daughter is honestly beside herself

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Good teaching is like good cooking!

By Derek Wenmoth

With a background as a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts, Pedro Noguera was an inspired choice of keynote to open day two of the uLearn20 (virtual) conference. He didn’t

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Wellbeing and resilience in Aotearoa – act now!

By Kathryn O’Connell-Sutherland

Dr Lucy Hone’s keynote at #ulearn20, What do we need to learn for lifelong success? was all about reimagining success, learning and tomorrow. In this blog I share some insights from Lucy’s kōrero. As director of New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience Lucy cited evidence of the high levels of distress among our tamariki

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Reimagine tomorrow for tamariki

By Alicia Ngaropo-Tuia

By Alicia Ngaropo-Tuia –  inspired by uLearn20 keynote Janelle Riki-Waaka If you hadn’t heard already, uLearn20 was epic! After 15 years of phenomenal, boundary pushing, innovative and disruptive face-to-face learning, uLearn went online for the first time. Transforming this event from a physical to a virtual space was no mean feat, but for our people

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In pursuit of ora

By Anahera McGregor

This blog is about my approach to life, wellbeing, and ora. What I share is my personal understanding, and the understanding of those who have shared knowledge with me. Some information comes from the study of Māori health at university. The blog is designed as a taster, hopefully highlighting aspects of ora for you to

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Gaming up your te reo Māori

By Shannon Vulu

Learning a new language can be a confronting and terrifying experience for many people, and in this I am speaking from experience. As a Māori, not knowing how to kōrero Māori confidently, there were, and still are, many barriers and anxieties when it comes to my own reo journey. In my journey I’ve found that

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January 20, 2021

Jump into online learning in 2021!

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January 19, 2021

What’s on in Term 1: professional learning for educators

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What's online in Term 1 - Online programmes, webinars
Kia ora Michael

We hope you’re feeling refreshed and ready to tackle all that 2021 has to offer!

Term 1 brings lots of exciting professional learning opportunities for you to make the most of. With a range of online programmes and webinars held virtually, aligning with 2021 Ministry of Education PLD priorities, there are options to suit your busy schedule – no matter where you are in Aotearoa.

Discover what’s on and register now!

Explore all online programmes >
Explore all webinars >
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Online programmes

Coaching and mentoring >
22 February – 5 July

Te Whakamānawa: developing cultural competencies in learning communities >
25 February – 5 August

Strengthening teacher aide practice >
9 March – 15 June

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Webinars

Implementing Te Tiriti o Waitangi in learning communities >
3:30 – 5:00pm, 3 February

Growing others: mentoring and coaching >
3:30 – 5:00pm, 17 February

Designing online learning >
3:30 – 5:00pm, 17 March

Making sense of Tapasā >
4:00 – 5:30pm, 23 March

Learning through play >
3:30 – 5:00pm, 24 March

Measuring success in an online environment >
3:30 – 5:00pm, 7 April

If you have questions about any of these opportunities, please email plsprogramme@core-ed.ac.nz – we’re happy to help.

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January 11, 2021

FutureMakers Update 10 January 2021 I

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FutureMakers Update 11 January 2021

Happy New Year to you all! As you can tell from my photo – I’ve taken the opportunity to take a break over Christmas and the New Year, spending time with family and friends, and including a tramp into the Matemateonga Track in the Whanganui National Park!
I hope you’ve also taken the opportunity to rest, reflect and refresh ahead of coming back to see what 2021 has in store for us.
Refocusing on your ‘why’
“I want the world to be better because I was here. I want my life, I want my work, my family, I want it to mean something. If you are not making someone else’s life better then you are wasting your time.” – Will Smith
At the end of 2020 I shared a blog post I’d written that features this quote from actor, Will Smith. I titled the post ‘what will your legacy be?’, focusing on how we, as educators, might plan to bring hope to the context we’re working in, and to the lives of those we work with.
As we look ahead to what 2021 may have in store, I encourage you to take a moment to read this post again and use the challenge to focus your thinking on the priorities you have for the year.
Mere engagement
During 2020 I had the privilege of working virtually with an inspirational team of educators from the Springdale School district in NW Arkansas. The Aurora Institute have just published a paper we wrote titled Mere Engagement: Reflections about the Connections Between Online Learning, Student Agency, and Student Engagement that is based on the experiences of schools and school leaders during the lockdown period, sharing 7 steps for engaging remote students.
Signposts for a new year
Our experience of education in 2020 has provided plenty of scope for thinking about what it is that we want to carry forward into the new year – and perhaps, what we could ‘let go’ in order to provide a more relevant, engaging and meaningful experience for our learners. One that will prepare them to thrive in an increasingly volatile and uncertain future.
Some years ago now I was challenged to provide what I thought would be the key areas of difference between the education system I’d grown up with, and the education system that my grandchildren will experience in the 21st century.

The illustration above provides a summary of my thinking at that time – and after the events of 2020, I am even more convinced that we must be actively focusing on building an education system that is characterised by the words at the end of the path to the right, and decreasing our emphasis on the things to the left, the hallmarks of a legacy system designed to replicate the production line model of a previous time.

Some questions to help you think about this might be…

  • What measures am I taking to encourage the concept of learning taking place anywhere and at any time? How is this being enabled, supported and recognised? What lessons have I learned from dealing with learners and their families remotely during lockdown that I could employ now?
  • To what extent do my learners genuinely ‘own’ their learning – or am I simply expecting them to conform to the expectations I set for them? What opportunities am I creating to provide genuine choice in how my learners learn – as well as what they learn?
  • Do the programmes I design focus solely on catering for the needs of individuals and promoting individual effort, or have I created scope for collaborative activity and the increased efficacy of learning as a result of collective effort.
Working with your staff in 2021

If any of the ideas I write about in my newsletters or blog posts interest you please don’t hesitate to contact me about working with your staff or leadership team in 2021.
I have worked in the field of distance education for more than 25 years, and can provide a range of services to your school and staff online, as well as face to face.
Please feel free to contact me by using the email link below.

Thanks for your support of FutureMakers – I encourage you to pass the link to others in your network who you think may find it useful. I’m also keen to hear your feedback and ideas on the sorts of things you’d like to see featured here. Click on the email link below to email me.
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In a previous email I advised that the FutureMakers website was undergoing some updates. Unfortunately this work had an unexpected impact on my FutureMakers email which has now been rectified. I apologise to anyone who may have attempted to send me an email during that period, but know that I am now receiving all emails sent to that address.
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December 22, 2020

FutureMakers Update December 2020

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FutureMakers Update December 2020

I expect most of you will be preparing for Christmas and a break over New Year as you read this newsletter.
Christmas is a time of year for remembrance. We take stock of where we came from, and have a moment to think about where we are going, as we pursue the future with hope.
May you take time to do this over the break, and may the holidays bring happiness and joy to you and your loved ones. Merry Christmas!
We’re making some changes to our site
Over the Christmas break we’re making some changes to the FutureMakers website – and to the mailing list we use for this update. We’re moving to incorporate Derek’s Blog and the FutureMakers website onto a single platform, and will be adding further content and resources to the various parts of the site. Please be patient while the changes take place – we’ll keep you informed in the New Year as these things occur!
Recent Blog Posts
I’ve recently published a series of blog posts reflecting on some of the key lessons for educational leaders as a result of the COVID lockdown, thinking they may provide some useful reading and reflection over the holiday break. They’re listed below – with links to the full blog post included.

What is your legacy for 2020?

The legacy we leave might eventually add up to something extraordinary, but it will be built from the smallest blocks.
Read more here…

Managing or leading?

We need less people worried about managing the problem and more ready to lead people through it.
Read more here…

Transformation requires risk

A transformation involves a dramatic change in form or appearance. It is not simply about improving something, it involves an extreme, radical change.
Read more here…

Working with your staff in 2021

I have worked in the field of distance education for more than 25 years, and can provide a range of services to your school and staff online. If you’d like to explore ways I might work with your leadership team and staff in 2021 please feel free to contact me by using the email link below.

That’s it then for 2020! Thanks for your support of FutureMakers – I encourage you to pass the link to others in your network who you think may find it useful. I’m also keen to hear your feedback and ideas on the sorts of things you’d like to see featured here. Click on the email link below to email me.
Meantime – I wish you a joyful and restful break over Christmas and the New Year!
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