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October 13, 2017

Breakfast Seminar Streamed Live — 3 November: Collaboration — The Culture Super Sizer

One for my Kiwi readers…

Inspiring professional learning at your convenience — streamed straight to you!
Kia ora Michael

We invite you to attend our next live-stream presentation on Friday 3 November.

Collaboration – the culture super sizer

Transformational change and continuous improvement have been enabled at Stonefields School through intentional leadership work on teacher collaboration and creating the conditions and culture that people want to be a part of. Hear about some of the tools and frameworks that have been developed to ‘onboard’ new staff and to grow highly synergetic teams that have collective impact.

“Collaboration is not about gluing together existing egos. It’s about the ideas that never existed until after everyone entered the room”. (Source unknown)

This CORE breakfast seminar will include:

  • what’s the why? why collaborate? the online safety paradox
  • what are the elements of a high functioning team?
  • growing conversational capability to address the ‘undiscussables’
  • growing consciousness about what has the potential to plus and minus trust
  • achieving the organisational culture people aspire to belong to.

Key Details

Date: Friday 3 November 2017
Seminar time: 7.30 am – 8.30 am (live stream)
Cost: Live stream only – $80 plus gst
Recorded video only – $80 plus gst
Live stream and recorded video – $120 plus gst
Presenters: Sarah Martin and Chris Bradbeer
Venue: Streamed live

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Viewing options

Live stream: Watch the seminar as it happens, with the opportunity to ask the presenter questions via a virtual discussion space. $80 plus gst.

Recorded video: View a recording of the seminar at a time that suits you. We aim to have this available the Monday following the event. $80 plus gst.

Live stream and recorded video: Watch the live seminar, benefit from the discussion space and also receive access to the recorded video for future reference. $120 plus gst.

Want to see how streamed breakfasts work? Watch our short video.

Who will this session be of interest to?

Teachers at all levels working in teams who are keen to realise what supports deep and meaningful collaboration.

About our presenters:

Sarah Martin is the Foundation Principal of Stonefields School. She is a passionate, forward thinking educator with a real commitment to improving outcomes for all learners, not just those within her school community.
Sarah is enthusiastic about:

  • ensuring all students develop the necessary competencies to strengthen their capacity to learn
  • staying focused on students being engaged and successful with learning that matters
  • questioning the effective teaching practice that causes learning.

She has held leadership roles in a number of schools. As both a teacher and leader, she has a particular strength in collectively building change momentum, enabling collaborative high functioning teams, future visioning, embracing student voice and reimagining what learning matters. Twitter @sarahmartin74

Chris Bradbeer has been Associate Principal at Stonefields School in Auckland since its opening in 2011. He has been involved in developing a vision for teaching and learning, building teacher capacity and having the opportunity to consider ‘what might be possible’ in a new school setting.
Chris has a strong interest and experience in the development of Innovative Learning Environments (ILE) in New Zealand schools; how design affordances can support approaches to contemporary pedagogy, and the opportunities engendered by the provision of new educational spaces. He is currently completing a PhD in conjunction with the ‘Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments’ Australian Linkage Council project at the University of Melbourne, focussing on the nature of collaborative teacher practices in ILE. He is also a Research Fellow (part time) on the 2016-2019 Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change project (ILETC). Twitter @chrisbradbeer
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October 8, 2017

Education News And Advice – CORE October Newsletter

One for my Kiwi readers.

Inspiration for educators | Professional learning | Resources | Articles
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Kia Ora Michael

Welcome to our October issue of Ki te Ao. Halfway through the school holidays, we hope you are achieving all that you’d hoped to! We are flat out making sure uLearn17 is awesome, and looking forward to seeing many of you in Hamilton next week.

This month we feature:

  • EDtalks, the ‘New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL)’ playlist 
  • Catalyst: the collaborative inquiry game
  • CORE’s new range of innovation products

EDtalks – a free online video resource

CORE Digital, our digital media team, interview and film thought leaders and experts in the education sector and upload them onto Check out their latest series on EDtalks, the ‘New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL)’ playlist. The playlist is a snapshot of the collaboration between CORE and schools involved in the programme.
View the playlist >

Bringing the fun into collaborative inquiry

CORE’s Catalyst is a cross between a board game and a tool. It uses a board game format to facilitate collaborative inquiry and enable teachers, leaders and Kāhui Ako to enact and sustain change in education. We will be showcasing Catalyst at uLearn17 and at the Christchurch Breakfast seminar in November. Order your copy now or visit our website to find out more about our facilitated kickstart session.
Find out more >

New innovation products

CORE’s new range of innovation products creates a space for you to be inspired and challenged, dream, grow, think big, dive deep. These four products encourage participants to bend and break all the rules. They are designed to help innovators realise their potential and seek more.
Find out more >

From the blog

Creating or creativity? 
James Hopkins shares his views on what it means to create and whether you need to have creativity to do so. More >
What do you use Moodle for?
Steven Lowe discusses different ways to use Moodle in a teaching environment.
More >
Te Puna Mātauranga Māori
Nā Whare Isaac-Sharland E tangi e reo, mōu e ngaro haere nei. Ko te Huia kua ngaro noa atu, Otirā ko ana kupu tohutohu. More >
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Professional learning – workshops, programmes & events

uLearn17 Changing Spaces
10 Oct
Online Programme 
Middle Leadership Matters
Starts 19 Feb 2018
11-13 Oct
Online Programme  
Culturally Responsive Practice in School Communities 
Starts 5 March 2018
Breakfast Seminars  
KOHIA – 3 Nov
Literacy in innovative learning environments – junior primary
6 March 2018

Contact us

We love receiving your feedback and ideas of topics you’d like to read about.
Feel free to email us anytime!

Wherever you are located in New Zealand, if you are looking for specific professional learning and development you can talk to one of our consultants who can tailor PLD to meet your needs and those of your school or Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako. Have a deeper discussion with one of our consultants to find out how we can help.

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October 2, 2017

NZC Online Newsletter October 2017

Another newsletter for my Kiwi colleagues.

2 October 2017
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Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Welcome to the October newsletter for NZC Online. In these newsletters we keep you up to date with resources, events, stories, and research to help you implement your school curriculum.
What’s new on NZC Online?

Universal Design for Learning spotlight
Use our latest spotlight to explore the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is an approach to teaching that helps educators plan and deliver programmes with all students in mind from the outset. Find short videos, group activities, and opportunities for personal reflection.

Check out our other NZC spotlights on offer. They cover themes such as learner agency, growth mindset, Māori achieving success as Māori, and the NZC principles.

Fresh from our blog

Our Niuean cultural experience
Karl Vasau, principal of Rowandale Primary School in South Auckland, recently took some of his teachers to Niue to learn more about the language and culture. In this blog Karl reflects on this cultural exchange and shares some activities that his school uses to promote the language and culture of Niue.

Raising the bar with flexible grouping
Guest blogger Professor Christine Rubie Davies challenges the practice of grouping students by ability, arguing that it constrains learning. Instead she recommends that teachers use flexible forms of grouping to ensure that all students are challenged and engaged.

Mark your diaries

Conservation Week from 14 October 2017
Conservation Week is the perfect opportunity to support students’ learning around sustainability and to encourage them to contribute to New Zealand’s environmental well-being.

Niue Language Week from 15 October 2017
Our events page provides ideas, resources, and inspiration to help you learn and celebrate Vagahau Niue with your school community.

Diwali from 19 October 2017
Diwali, also known as Deepavali, or the Festival of Lights, is a five-day long Hindu celebration, beginning this year on 19 October.

Tokelau Language Week from 29 October 2017
Gagana Tokelau Week provides the opportunity to celebrate and nurture the language and culture of Tokelau in your classroom and school community.

NEW on Technology Online

Strengthening digital technologies
This new section on Technology Online offers stories about innovative ideas and resources for teaching and learning within digital technologies | hangarau matihiko.

Coming soon to NZC Online

Future focus spotlight
Our next spotlight looks at the future focus principle, helping you design a curriculum around significant future-focused issues such as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise, and globalisation. Follow us on Facebook or through our Twitter feed @nzcurriculum to receive notification of its release.

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.

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Your Ethos Community Newsletter for September

One for my Kiwi readers.

Your newsletter from the Ethos Online Community – September 2017


Kia ora, talofa lava, and greetings,


Critical thinking is touched upon alot in this month’s posts. Unsurprising, given that the world seems to be constantly throwing out bizarre new situations for us to analyse.


How do we ensure we are thinking about these situations critically? In many circumstances it is all too easy to go along with what everyone else is thinking. We need to take measures to make sure we are asking ourselves the correct questions, delving deeper into our thoughts and actively seeking as much information as possible, not simply give in to group-think. In Ivy League Professors Exhort Their Students and All Students to – Think for Yourself the advice professors from some of the world’s top universities urge on the next generation of students is shared. However, this advice stands for all of us. Are you thinking for yourself or letting others shape your opinions?


While it’s important to not to go unquestioningly with the opinions of others, being exposed to multiple ways of thinking, even ones you don’t agree with, plays a role in developing a fully formed opinion. Leigh Hynes talks this month about the importance of resisting the urge to create an echo chamber, by only interacting in circles that reflect your own opinions. Variety being the spice of life and all that, we can learn to be critical consumers, challenging ourselves to explore different avenues. This approach becomes particularly apparent in the online world, where a huge variety of people can openly share their views, and those you aren’t keen on can be hidden with the simple click of a button. But, that’s the easy option, why not embrace the opportunity to learn about the thoughts of others?


Nick Major touches upon how important it is to think critically about, not just outside situations, but our own beliefs and actions. It’s so easy to become stuck in our ways, believing that the beliefs we’ve formed over the years are the only way to go. This can lead to a very closed off way of thinking, that in fact blinds us to other, potentially more positive, paths. Nick stresses the importance of self-coaching, or seeking the critical opinion of someone outside yourself, in order to open our eyes to our own beliefs and allow ourselves to form different ones.


But seeking critical opinion from someone else can be a challenge. Hearing potentially negative feedback about yourself is not the most comfortable task. John Owen looks at how we can learn to see negative feedback as an opportunity rather than an insult. Negative feedback provides an insight into ourselves that we may not otherwise have. It opens the door to self-improvement and way of changing up the status-quo.

Welcome to new members – September

The Ethos Online Community now has 446 members. Hope you will all give a warm haere mai (welcome) to the new members to the community:

  • Deborah Triglia an Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) based in New York. Deborah hopes ICT Enhanced Learning and Teaching can aid in passing on information to people, so that, as Deborah writes, “they too may be enlightened and inspired to stop supporting the wrong concepts of freedom”.

  • Auckland based Melvin Din, is a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educator. Melvin is looking to incorporate ICT enhanced learning in to the STEM curriculum.


Know anyone who would like to join an international Online Community that’s all about learning – across all education sectors, business & ITOs: Please invite them :)

Member Blog Posts and discussions

In this newsletter, as always, we have some interesting posts. Please jump into the conversations and feel free to ask questions.

  • This month we get some insight from professors teaching at the most well-regarded tertiary education facilities in the world. In Ivy League Professors Exhort Their Students and All Students to – Think for Yourself, scholars and teachers at Princeton, Harvard, and Yale urge the next generation of university students to think critically and not fall victim to group-think. In a shared atmosphere like a campus it is all too easy to assume the popular opinion is the correct opinion. Either going along with it because you don’t want to risk criticism, or (even scarier) not questioning it at all. This piece is a good reminder to always question the status quo and stand up for what you believe in. Thanks for sharing, John S. Oliver.

  • Nicholas J Major puts a new spin on spring cleaning in Monkey Business. While we are often encouraged to physically declutter during this season, why do we not also take the cue to mentally declutter? Nick touches upon how easy it is to become stuck in our beliefs and how in turn we can become blinded to other options or paths that may actually have a more positive outcome. Nick looks at self-coaching and the ‘Ladder of Inference’ model as tools to help us get outside of ourselves and critically analyse our actions and beliefs. Nick also comments on the role of coaching, and gaining an outside support, to effectively help you inquire into and challenge your thinking and reasoning. Whatever method you chose, this is a fantastic, self-improving task to take on.

  • You might want to join the interesting conversation underway in Comparing Different OLCoP Approaches. The discussion has been invigorated again over the last few weeks (with thanks especially to Janey Nolan, Tessa Gray, and Paul Keown).

  • Politics, colleagues and friends takes on the challenging subject of political opinion. Having just gone through an election in New Zealand, political discussion has been rife. However, this is a global topic that stands year round, particularly given the political movements of late. The internet brings in an interesting element, allowing people to openly share their standpoint with the world. So, how does one deal with being constantly exposed to the opinions of our peers, especially when they oppose our own opinions? This exposure can be challenging, Leigh Hynes comments on resisting the urge to delete people from social media or leave scathing comments. However, Leigh stops herself by going back to internet guru, Howard Rheingold, and his assertion that we need to learn to be critical consumers to survive online. To do that we have to ensure we do not surround ourselves with like-minded opinion online. One of the joys of the internet is that it allows us to learn from others, however this wouldn’t be the case if we were only seeing views that reflected our own. So, no matter how frustrating it may be to read statuses we disagree with, it may be for our own good

  • Feedback is an essential part of learning about who we are, how we behave and how we can improve. But negative feedback can be uncomfortable to hear and can often fall on deaf ears or invoke a defensive response because of this fact. Listen, process, then action looks at how we can move away from seeing critical feedback as a negative and instead work through the discomfort to actually gain something constructive from it. John Owen looks at a personal experience where he was given direct feedback, which was hard to hear. Once John processed the information and got over the initial negative feelings, he realised there was some truth in the comments and that it in fact produced the opportunity for him to do something positive to address the issue

  • Joanna Wheway continues to take us along on her journey as a new principal. Last month we heard about Joanna’s transition in to a new school and all the admin-invoked stress that comes with this. This month, Joanna is looking to move into the harder hitting stuff with her staff. Joanna cleverly decided to spend the first few weeks of her new appointment focusing on the basic areas which teachers are less passionate about. She used this non-conflicting time to build trust and relationships with her staff. But now, the time has come to start focusing on the actual teaching and learning aspect of the school – the emotive stuff. Joanna is looking at changing habits in her teachers which have been firmly engraved over the last three years. This is made even more difficult given the fact that they have received positive feedback from previous leaders. Joanna’s main challenge is implementing assessment in a school that currently has none. Joanna talks of a conflicted teaching staff and the need for her to continuously re-evaluate and take gentle steps towards her goal. Fortunately, in her follow up post it sounds like a breakthrough has been made and things are moving in the right direction. Keep up to date with Joanna’s journey here: Week 6 and Week 7


Also recommended

As always you have contributed a superb variety of posts this month. Thank you. Here are some of the posts and topics that you may find of interest:

  • Mal Lee and Roger Broadie have written an article entitled, “The Impact of the Unintended on the Digital Education of the World’…“, which draws from their research. The article describes an alternative perspective to that suggested by many education authorities and global government agencies. An excerpt from their article illustrates some of the key points they make – take a look in If schools continue as stand-alone insular institutions they will continue to be dealt out of the play – what do you reckon?

  • In What does business look like when driven and funded by women?, Vicki Saunders shares some of her formative experiences in business. One that stood out for me was the time when she was heading up her business, having become increasingly successful, she was advised that she could not be the CEO when the business went public, because the CEO would need to be a man. Since that time (and yes, she took the advice, one of her few regrets) Vicki has come across many other similar women, who have had the same experience

  • At TEDx Auckland 2012, Philip Patston gave a presentation entitled: The Label Libel, A New Look at Diversity. In his presentation Patston explores notions of diversity. He initially describes his own experience of the labels he gave himself, and the labels (with underpinning assumptions) that other people gave him, which created feelings of confusion and frustration. He identifies that labels are sometimes useful because they can create awareness. However, if they are unquestioned, they frequently lead to judgements, inequality, and separation by creating ‘us and them’ situations. You can watch his talk and read more about how we can question and unpack our own use of labels in Making visible the significant differences between people


Recommended videos

From the ever growing repository of videos (1,501 in total – thanks as always to John S Oliver for his awesome contributions), these are a just few of the highlights.

  • In Youth suicide: In Helping Others, You Heal Yourself Dr Neha interviews Nina, who explains “I’ve lost a few friends to suicide. I know that a lot of that came from fear of communication, particularly in young males. I want to ask, do you have any advice for those who want to support them? I want to support my peers to communicate better so that they can find solutions so that suicide is never an option. Communication could be definitely a solution to this. So what do you think?”. Youth suicide is such a huge issue in New Zealand at the moment, even being named the countries darkest secret and biggest challenge. Please watch this video and use the tips to help anyone who may be at risk.

  • Rob Stevenson and Mary Pretorius talk about the benefits of virtual mentoring (uChoose through CORE Education) at Dominion Road School.

  • A quality education is critical for all children, and in particular, at-risk, low-income children. Head Start teachers, directors, and program staff work tirelessly everyday to establish strong foundations for the children in their classrooms. In this co-hosted Webinar with, we take a look at the CLASS tool and how it is used for monitoring, and explore strategies for improving teacher-child interactions

  • In this episode of Overrated (The real reason To Kill A Mockingbird became so famous), Vox’s Phil Edwards investigates what he calls ‘the largely unheralded business reason’ behind the success of Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird is a literary classic, but it was also a landmark book in the paperback revolution. Thanks to publishers like Penguin Books, paperbacks changed dramatically from pulp fiction and dime store novels to  a legitimate way to read great literature. To Kill A Mockingbird’s timing helped it capitalize upon that business shift and become a classic in classrooms — for business reasons as well as literary ones

  • From independence to interdependence Alana Conner, PhD, is a cultural psychologist and science communicator whose latest project is Clash! 8 Cultural Conflicts That Make Us Who We Are (2013), which she coauthored with Stanford professor, Hazel Rose Markus. By day, she designs communications that enhance the wellbeing of diverse populations around the world. By night, she writes about culture, class, psychology, and health for a variety of venues, which have included The New York Times Magazine,, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review, where she served as senior editor for five years. In between, she rides the bike, walks the cat, and bakes the vegan bacon cake in San Francisco.

  • What are our screens and devices doing to us? Psychologist Adam Alter studies how much time screens steal from us and how they’re getting away with it. He shares why all those hours you spend staring at your smartphone, tablet or computer might be making you miserable — and what you can do about it; Why our screens make us less happy – and what can we do about it?

  • Why School Sucks looks at the education that takes place outside of the classroom, and why sometimes school, inflexible teachers and labels can make people believe they’re ‘slow’ when in fact their learning needs simply aren’t being met.



  • ‘The Future of Learning’ addresses the four infrastructure and the four pedagogical elements (below) that must all be in place to prepare our learners for the world they and we are living in now. Mark Treadwell has kindly shared his book as a free PDF download.


What’s on?

Lots of other things happening (online courses, conferences and other opportunities) including the ASCILITE 2017: 34th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education taking place in Southern Queensland, Australia, on December 4th.

Please feel free to add events to share them, or just let me know and I’ll add them :-)



Nāku iti nei, faafetai lava, and warm regards


Charlotte Caines

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Ethos Consultancy NZ Ltd

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Auckland 1142

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September 28, 2017

Connected Educator Update

One for my Kiwi readers.

Stay connected in education with Connected Educator 2017.

Kia ora Michael

The count down is on to uLearn17 and we thought we’d give you an update on how you can link up with Connected Educator at the conference. Even if you are #notatulearn17 this year, you can still keep in touch by accessing our content online.

Connected Conversations

This year, at uLearn17, two of CORE’s premium services, Connected Educator New Zealand (CENZ) and EDtalks, will combine in a series of two live-streamed Connected Conversations.

The Connected Conversations series brings ideas and people together as part of Connected Educator NZ, #CENZ17. These are opportunities for you to hear from inspirational educators in one session with an opportunity to discuss and unpack.

Connected Conversation 1: Student learners at the centre

Juliet Revell @Juliet_Revell
Connecting with Kids #KidsedchatNZ

Melanie Matthews @melaniem8 and Olivia Graham @zlivz
Connecting to expert teachers virtually

Bronwyn Joyce @JoyceBronwyn (virtual)
Learning beyond the wallsLive-streamed on Wednesday 11 October 2017, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Connected Conversation 2: Connected conversations going global

Grant Lichtman @GrantLichtman (virtual)
Moving the Rock: Seven levers we can press to dramatically transform education now

Christine Trimnell @TrimChris1
Global Projects – 21st Century learning in a Digital World

Dean Shareski @shareski (virtual)
How to be Generous in a Connected World

Live-streamed Wednesday 11 October 2017, 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

You might like to join in our edSpace discussion, to connect with Juliet, Melanie, Olivia, Bronwyn, Grant, Christine and Dean, in the lead up to these conversations. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and wonderings. Don’t forget, you can follow the conversations on social media with the hashtags #ulearn17 and #notatulearn17!

Look our for the new starter kete to be released at uLearn!

Never been part of an online professional community or network? Already part of a community or network, but want to be more connected? This Starter Kete can help you on both fronts, giving you one simple way to get more connected every day.

What is Connected Educator New Zealand?

It is a calendar of free, online professional development and networking opportunity. The collaborative calendar connects thousands of educators, like you and your colleagues, to professional learning, regionally, nationally and globally.
Connected Educator needs you to:

We will continue to connect thousands of educators across New Zealand and beyond to professional learning events, communities and resources. Focus topics, webinars and online learning will be available for educators to dive into over a longer period of time.
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