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September 15, 2021

Professional learning to explore in Term 4

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 8:03 pm
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An item for my Kiwi readers.

CORE Education

Kia ora Michael

With Term 4 on the horizon we wanted to let you know about all the options on offer to support your professional learning journey. Due to current alert level restrictions options for professional learning are limited, but this is a great opportunity to plan for 2022. Here are a few options to consider exploring when planning your professional development goals in Term 4.

Cultural capability professional learning solutions

Explore what it means to be culturally responsive and how to build it into your foundations. Register your interest for one of these online programmes:

Te Whakamānawa: developing cultural competencies in
learning communities >

Te Reo Puāwai Māori >

Learn more >

Other opportunities you might be interested in

Hauora | Wellbeing > 
Develop collective wellbeing in your learning community with this programme run over four terms.

New Pedagogies for Deep Learning >
Join a global network of educators who collaborate to develop deep learning and foster whole system change within our Aotearoa context.

Te Whakaahu Hautūtanga | Advanced Leadership >
Women in education, realise your full potential as educational leaders in this six month online learning programme.

He Waka Unua | Coaching and mentoring >
Get personalised coaching and mentoring for your learning community with this service to help you overcome challenges.

Looking for something personalised?

Our large team of accredited facilitators can support you to design and submit a successful regionally allocated PLD application for Term 4 to the Ministry of Education – for FREE! Deadlines for Term 4 applications close 29 October 2021. Use this map to get in touch with a facilitator in your region.

Contact us
Any questions? We’re happy to help.
Grace Hunt
plsprogramme@core-ed.ac.nz

Ngā mihi nui,
CORE Education

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September 13, 2021

Kia kaha te reo Māori!

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 10:04 pm
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Kia ora Michael

Today marks the start of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week! To celebrate, we’re sharing some useful resources to support your language learning mahi.

Kupu challenge competition

Head to our Facebook page and check out the pinned post for your chance to WIN! The wero is to correctly name whā (4) items in the image in te reo Māori and you’ll go in the draw to win one of two complete sets of Papaki cards. 

Learn te reo Māori online

Te Reo Puāwai Māori provides learning modules that support you to learn practical te reo Māori phrases for use in your everyday life. Facilitator Gemma Stewart tells us more about the programme. You can register your interest for 2022 cohorts > 

Build cultural capability

What does giving mana to te reo Māori look, sound and feel like in your learning environment? For ideas you can implement easily, we’re resharing this helpful infographic. To further strengthen cultural capability in your learning community, register your interest in Te Whakamānawa online programme >

Gamify learning

Grow te reo Māori in your learning environment or at home! Check out the resources in the CORE Toa >
If you’re looking for personalised support, get in touch! Please feel free to share this email with colleagues and whānau who may find it useful.

Kia kaha te reo Māori!

Ngā mihi nui,
CORE Education

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September 12, 2021

FutureMakers Update 12 September 2021

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 8:31 pm
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An item from my Kiwi readers as they begin their work week.

FutureMakers Update 12 September 2021

Tēnā koutou katoa i tēnei rangi, te tīmatanga o Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. Kia kaha te Reo Māori!
This week marks the beginning of Māori Language week. This special week provides us with the opportunity to explore the values of equity and diversity, and to further develop our Te Reo capability!
This weekend we observed 20 years since 9/11, and with the situation in Afghanistan also in the news, this is a poignant reminder of the importance of addressing SDG #16 (Peace, justice and strong institutions) within our curriculum. I’ve also included a number of links in the newsletter below to resources that may be helpful in this regard.
Resources and links for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Kaua e tukuna te reo Māori kia memeha noa!

“Let’s not see the Māori language disappear!”
At 12pm on Tuesday 14 September, we’re encouraging all of New Zealand to stop and take a moment for te reo Māori. Help to set the world record for people speaking and celebrating an endangered, Indigenous language at the same time.
Find out more here…

TKI – Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

This page on the TKI site is an excellent place to find resources for immediate use in your classroom. There’s plenty here to help develop your pepeha, learn waiata, understand Māori place names or read some myths and legends of the Māori. There’s also an excellent section of resources to help you incorporate Te Reo Māori into your reading and writing programme.
Check out the page here

Te Kupu of te Wiki

In celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week), the team at kupu.maori.nz are again bringing you Te Kupu o te Wiki … not just for a week: for a whole year! Simply Register for Kupu o te Rā and you will receive Te Kupu o te Wiki every Monday.
Check out the page here

Te Reo Puāwai Māori

If you’re looking to improve your own Te Reo skills this course provides a great introduction to correct pronunciation and basic Te Reo Māori phrases for everyday use in your learning or work spaces. This five week online programme from CORE Education will give you the opportunity to engage and discuss content with facilitators and other learners in online forums.
Check out the details here..

SDGs – Time for Action

Global Goals Week

Running from September 17-26, Global Goals Week is an annual week of action, awareness, and accountability for the Sustainable Development Goals.Take a look at our schools Global Goals Week Action Plan and choose one or two actions or take part everyday. Anything you can do will make a difference.

These actions cover a range of the Goals and issues, promoting empathy, communication, problem-solving, curiosity and creativity through activities that everyone can take part in. Help us spread the word by sharing this action plan throughout your school and teacher network. Let’s make this the biggest Global Goals Week ever!

SDG Action Zone

Running between Sept 22-24 , this event gather leaders, activists, and creative voices across geography, gender, and generations, to accelerate action towards the Sustainable Development Goals. The program features engaging conversations focused on the most pressing issues of our time: Poverty & Inequalities, Gender, and Climate.

Register here to be a part of the action…

AFS Intercultural Programmes

If you are a high school teacher looking for free lesson plans about global citizenship, the SDGs or key 21st Century skills, AFS has some resources available. While not specifically designed for the NZ context, there’s plenty to stimulate thinking and could be adapted. Check out the following:

Check out ULearn21

Check out ULearn21

Now only a month away, but you can still register. ULearn is an online event again in 2021, making it accessible to educators across Aotearoa. This year’s event has an exciting lineup of keynote speakers, including Dr Rangi Matamua, Dr Eruera Tarena, Jase Te Patu and Dr Karlo Mila.
Why not plan to host a mini-gathering at your school and join the event together? This is an excellent way of ensuring you and your colleagues are kept up to date with key shifts in our approaches to teaching and learning.

Details here…

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September 2, 2021

Mahi for the moment!

An item for my Kiwi readers.

Please note that I am a member of the Governance Group for this e-learning cluster.

September 1, 2021

FutureMakers Update August 2021

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 9:06 pm
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An item for my Kiwi readers.

FutureMakers Update August 2021

Lockdown has meant another month of Zoom calls, with students and teachers working from home while schools are closed.
This has again focused attention on the equitable provision of access to the internet and devices – which is the focus of some of my recent blog posts that are linked below.
Listening to our young people…

What young people want to see change…

“Transparency, accountability, trust and a focus on stakeholder capitalism will be key to meeting this generation’s ambitions and expectations. We must also entrust in them the power to take the lead to create meaningful change.
This is a key finding from a survey of nearly 20,000 students in 187 countries undertaken by the World Economic Forum.
The results are presented in a very accessible way and are well worth delving into.
Read the report here…

What kids say about lockdown…

A recently released report from NZCER is a timely read as we find ourselves in yet another lockdown period.
Featuring feedback from 178 children in Years 4–8 from 10 primary schools, the learners reveal their natural ability to survive and thrive, and reinforce the view that children can and do learn capably and with agency in their childhood worlds.
Access the report here

Looking for things to do in lockdown – and beyond?

Paralympics online resources

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games are still in full swing, providing a welcome distraction for many. Paralympics New Zealand and the Asia New Zealand Foundation have teamed up to create some educational resources providing information about the Paralympics that includes downloadable lesson plans, presentations and disability awareness activities.

Access the resources here…

Take your learners on a virtual field trip

Want to make remote learning fun and engaging? The team at LEARNZ have a huge range of ‘At home activities’ created from their online field trip resources – all available for FREE! Ākonga can use the interactive content in their own way, in their own time.
Combine online learning with getting ākonga to explore their backyards with activities such as ‘What’s that bird?’ and ‘Backyard bioblitz’ that are among a list of sixteen field trips you can choose from.

Check out ULearn21

Still a few months away, but registrations are now open. ULearn is an online event again in 2021, making it accessible to educators across Aotearoa. This year’s event has an exciting lineup of keynote speakers, including Dr Rangi Matamua, Dr Eruera Tarena, Jase Te Patu and Dr Karlo Mila.
Why not plan to host a mini-gathering at your school and join the event together? This is an excellent way of ensuring you and your colleagues are kept up to date with key shifts in our approaches to teaching and learning.

Details here…

From my blog….

Nothing short of terrifying

The constant challenge of change in education can be overwhelming. Like the climate change issue, it’s easy conclude there’s very little we can do that will make a difference. This is why we need strong and courageous leadership – in our schools, our communities, our bureaucracies and our political systems. Without it the consequences for our young people may indeed, like climate change, be nothing short of terrifying!

Read more here…

Caught by surprise

Why is it that, despite the clear warnings that we’d face further times of school closure, there are so many who are unprepared, and for whom it comes as a surprise? What do we need to do, as teachers, as schools and as a system to be more prepared so that we can more confidently face each challenge as it comes, without feeling like we’ve got to reinvent the solutions from scratch?

Read more here…

Closing the divide

Now is the time to ensure that EVERY young person regardless of their school and postcode can stay connected to their learning, and not just survive but thrive! The existence of a digital divide is well established, but the means to solve it require more than simply focusing solutions on just one part of the problem.
Read more here…

Taking it in our stride

How is it that some schools managed to ‘take lockdown in their stride’, while others were left struggling? How should we be re-thinking how we organise learning, our approach to teaching, our relationships with parents/whānau and community etc. so that we can all ‘take it in our stride’ when faced with the disruptions that cause our schools to close for periods of time?
Read more here…

 
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I’d love to hear you thoughts in what you find useful and whether there is anything else you’d like to see included. Simply click on the email link below to drop me a line.
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