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January 29, 2023

Support your cultural competency and leadership goals

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 3:06 pm
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An item for our Kiwi readers as they begin their week.

Kia ora Michael

It’s the start of a new learning year. Your own professional learning might already be on your mind.

Perhaps building confidence in te reo or growing your cultural competence are on the list? What about going for a leadership role, or developing an equity-focused action plan around the refreshed curriculum?

You can access impactful learning opportunities through CORE this year. Whatever you choose, we’re here to support you reaching your 2023 learning goals.

Grow your leadership skills

CUSTOMISED LEARNING
He Waka Unua
Coaching and mentoring

ONLINE PROGRAMME
Te Eke Taumata Tumuaki | Pathways to Principalship – take the next step to become a tumuaki (principal)FREE WEBINARS
First, equity: Futures in education – design your approach to the curriculum refresh

Early years | authentic leadership

Grow your cultural competency

ONLINE PROGRAMMES
Te Whakamānawa: Developing cultural competencies in learning communities

Te Reo Puāwai Māori – te reo for beginners

Develop a resilient and thriving learning community

ONLINE PROGRAMME

Taumārire – Mindfulness for educators in Aotearoa – with Jase Te Patu

CUSTOMISED LEARNING
Hauora | Wellbeing programme* – develop collective wellbeing in learning communities
Discover more and register
If you have any questions about any of these opportunities, please email plsprogramme@core-ed.ac.nz – we’re here to help!

Ngā mihi nui,
CORE Education 

* Regionally-allocated PLD funding may apply to Kāhui Ako, schools and kura. See website for details or contact one of our PLD Managers

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January 23, 2023

NZCER – Research Briefs: National Survey of Schools

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 8:01 pm
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I referenced this report in the entry yesterday entitled “Whakatere Tōmua, the NZCER newsletter | Kohitātea 2023,” but I thought it was worth highlighting more for all of my readers.

Research Briefs: National Survey of Schools

Author(s): Mohamed Alansari, Mengnan Li, Sally Boyd

Every three years, Rangahau Mātauranga o Aotearoa / New Zealand Council for Educational Research conducts the National Survey of Schools. In our most recent survey, we asked teachers and principals about everything from workload and wellbeing to the latest innovations in the classroom, providing a comprehensive summary of the state of our schools.

This series of research briefs highlights factors that can support teachers to thrive and that will create positive experiences in the school environment.

What do these research briefs cover? 

Brief 1, Teacher experiences working in Innovative Learning Environments (ILEs), highlights the importance of ongoing professional learning and development (PLD) and improved digital resourcing to improve ILE experiences, as well as improving staff morale and workload.

Brief 2, PLD and school-wide wellbeing as predictors of teacher morale and workload, shows how a culture of PLD and school-wide plans to manage social behaviours both enable and shape positive classroom experiences, and have positive links to overall morale levels in a school.

Brief 3, PLD, NCEA changes, and teachers’ work, highlights the links between attitudes towards NCEA changes, an ongoing culture of PLD and knowledge of how NCEA changes can improve outcomes for Māori and Pacific learners.

These briefings provide a snapshot of key areas from the data, identifying variables that can affect the school environment while also providing examples of good practice from the responses.

“Across the briefs, there is a common theme – the importance of having systems and processes in place that support teachers and their practice,” explains Kairangahau Matua Mohamed Alansari.

“Teachers are more likely to report good working experiences if their schools support them and create ongoing opportunities for development and learning – particularly as those teachers navigate new challenges and changes.”

January 22, 2023

Whakatere Tōmua, the NZCER newsletter | Kohitātea 2023

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 8:09 pm
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An item for my Kiwi readers as they begin their week.  Note the report below entitled Teacher experiences working in Innovative Learning Environments.

Tēnā koutou!

We hope you all feel parohe / relaxed and ready for a vibrant 2023. Our kaimahi are, for the most part, back on board and we have some very exciting publications and mahi on the way. You’ll find the latest below!

PAT: Mathematics Refreshed now here

The refreshed PAT: Mathematics assessments are now available for purchase through NZCER Assist. With a redesign of content and imagery, we’re really excited about this first step on our wider PAT refresh journey.

Previous versions of PAT Mathematics will remain supported for 2023, with a view to only the refreshed assessment being available from 2024 onwards. You can read more about the refresh here.

Also, our PAT: Reading Comprehension refresh is in its pilot phase, with one round already completed. We have been thrilled with the feedback so far and will be sending requests for the second round of pilots in the near future!

If you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact our Assessment Services team.

He pukapuka hou:

He rangahau hou:

He putanga hou:

That’s all from us for now – we look forward to sharing more with you all very soon.

Ka kite anō,

The NZCER team

January 19, 2023

FutureMakers update: Empty Seats

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 9:04 pm
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An item for my Kiwi readers.

FutureMakers Update: Empty Seats

What if the disruption we experienced in 2022 continues into 2023? What if there are more of those empty seats? Will we cope?
Check out the latest Thought Piece on the FutureMakers website.

Empty Seats” is a toolbox for educators to use as they seek to build resilience in their schools, particularly as we consider some of the possible disruptors that we see looming on the horizon for 2023.

Download your free copy and consider using it as part of your work with teachers at the start of the school year.

But wait, there’s more…

At FutureMakers we use a range of forums to curate good ideas and resources. Check out the following…
If you’ve enjoyed reading this newsletter please feel free to forward it to others to read, or better yet, ask them to become a FutureMakers subscriber so they will receive their own updates delivered to their mailbox.

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January 15, 2023

FutureMakers Update January 2023

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 3:03 pm
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An item for my Kiwi readers as they begin their week.

FutureMakers Update 14 January 2023

Welcome back to the 2023 school year!
I hope that, like me, you’ve taken the opportunity to have some ‘time out’ and reflect on the past year and pondered on what 2023 offers as a chance to start with a fresh vision of what we want to achieve for our students as we prepare them for their future.
I’ve shared some thoughts in this newsletter that may be useful as you prepare to welcome students back into your classrooms.

In this newsletter…

Choose to become a Future Maker
What’s Driving or Inhibiting Transformation?
Bring Back the Joy of Learning!
Boldly Go – Valuing our Life on Earth
Shifting  to Equitable, Learner-Centred Education

Choose to Become a Future Maker

We live in a world of uncertainty and change. The planet we call home is increasingly stressed as a direct result of the impact of human activity. As a consequence, the generation of young people in our educational organisations today will face far greater challenges than their parents and grandparents. These challenges will require us to find solutions and live in ways we haven’t yet imagined.

We need to embrace the understanding that the complex issues confronting our world will likely be solved not by us, but by those we are educating, and this will require a transformation of our current systems and structures, practices and policies, and the beliefs and ideologies that underpin these.

I believe that educators, and indeed, anyone who is involved in helping with the development of young minds and lives, have a primary responsibility to consider the investment they make in young people as an investment in the future of society and of the planet. As such we are more than simply teachers, facilitators or guides to learning – we are future makers!

What might you do in this coming year to be a future maker? Check out how FutureMakers might be able to assist on the FutureMakers Services page.

What’s driving or inhibiting transformation?

Thanks to all of those who have contributed to our Roadblocks and Drivers survey – some great ideas emerging. If you haven’t done so already, please take some time to add your response to two simple questions to help understand what is driving and what is getting in the way of educational transformation. We’re now keeping this open until 10 February in order to allow for more contributions from the start of the school year. Please pass this survey on to any friends, colleagues or parents to help provide as rich a response as possible. You may also choose to include this as a discussion point in your beginning year Teacher Only Day, and provide teachers with a few moments to contribute responses then.
We plan to have the initial analysis of responses available by mid-March. Go to the blog post and survey...

Bring Back the Joy of Learning!

I’m excited to be speaking at the @NewPedagogies Deep Learning Lab in Anaheim, April 16-18 2023.

To learn more please visit https://bit.ly/NPDLL23 or to register directly https://bit.ly/NPDL23REG I’d love to see some of my FutureMakers readers there!

Boldly Go – valuing our life on earth.

I was interested to read an article about William Shatner’s reflections on his voyage into space on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space shuttle on Oct. 13, 2021, taken from his recently published book, Boldly Go!
At the age of 90, the Start Trek actor became the oldest living person to travel into space, but as captured in the extract below, he was surprised by his own reaction to the experience.
This is what captures my imagination for the work of FutureMakers – ensuring our kids are equipped with the capabilities to create a better future for themselves and the planet.
“It was among the strongest feelings of grief I have ever encountered. The contrast between the vicious coldness of space and the warm nurturing of Earth below filled me with overwhelming sadness. Every day, we are confronted with the knowledge of further destruction of Earth at our hands: the extinction of animal species, of flora and fauna . . . things that took five billion years to evolve, and suddenly we will never see them again because of the interference of mankind. It filled me with dread. My trip to space was supposed to be a celebration; instead, it felt like a funeral.”
(William Shatner)

Shifting  to Equitable, Learner-Centred Education

Despite the promise of equitable, learner-centered education, too many schools struggle to move beyond the pilot phase. This recent report from the Aurora Institute presents a theoretical rationale for an approach to designing professional learning that embraces the learning sciences. The authors show how explicitly addressing teachers’ mental models, motivations, and moves in our design of professional learning could help bring about more substantive changes more effectively and more efficiently than our current efforts alone.
Some really useful stuff in here to consider as we start the new school year, and design in-school professional learning.

But wait, there’s more…

At FutureMakers we use a range of forums to curate good ideas and resources. Check out the following…
If you’ve enjoyed reading this newsletter please feel free to forward it to others to read, or better yet, ask them to become a FutureMakers subscriber so they will receive their own updates delivered to their mailbox.

I’m always interested to hear your feedback or ideas about what you’d like to see included in future newsletters – please use the link below to email me with your suggestions.

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