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April 26, 2017

Leadership, Mentoring And Coaching – Professional Development Opportunities For Educators

One for my Kiwi readers…

Leading change, building the capability of colleagues or aspiring to lead? Professional development options tailored to educators.
Empowering you to support early learning
If you are leading complex change in your school, mentoring or coaching others to build their capability, or expanding on your position as a middle leader in your learning environment, CORE has professional development solutions designed for the aspiring, middle or senior leader.
Kia ora Michael,

The CORE Leaders’ Summit 2017
17 and 24 June 2017 – Auckland and Christchurch

At CORE we understand the complexities around leading transformational change, building your capability and your staff capabilities as your collaborate on this journey together. Building a vision and leading others on your journey is important to the success. It is also vital to maintain your well-being (manaaki) to support yourself and others. But how and where do you start?

The CORE Leaders’ Summit in June is a one day leadership event tailored to take participants through a process of leadership discovery and development.

The Summit focuses on the following three key themes with opportunities to discuss and network with others during the day.

Key Themes

CORE Leaders’ Summit will support participants to learn skills and gain knowledge in these three key areas:

  • Building a strong vision that honours bicultural integrity (Tangata whenuatanga)
  • Leading people through complex change (Rangatiratanga)
  • Mentoring and coaching models that build leadership capability (Manaakitanga)

You will explore and engage with a variety of frameworks and tools that support your leadership growth. There will be time to discuss the tools with thought leaders and to network with other participants who are interested in growing their leadership skills.

Event Details

Date: 17 June 2017
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: Hobsonville Point Secondary School, Hobsonville
Investment: $257 +gst per person
Date: 24 June 2017
Time: 9am-3pm
Location:  Rolleston College, Rolleston
Investment: $257 +gst per person

Why Attend?

This event focuses on building capacity for educators in:

  • Mentoring & coaching to build effective leadership
  • Honouring bicultural partnerships
  • Thought leadership
  • Professional inquiry
  • Building collaborative practice
  • Building a networked Community of Practice (CoP)
  • Mairangatira framework
  • Innovation and design processes

Who should attend?

Across Primary and Secondary school, Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako, this event is for those who are aspiring to lead, in senior or middle leader roles and want to strengthen their skills and learn some new frameworks and build on their network.
Other online professional development options
If you’d like to consider other options, we have two 20-week online programmes focused on Middle Leaders and Mentoring/Coaching, or you can contact our Accredited Facilitators for advice about increasing your leadership capability.

Middle Leaders Matter
Online Programme, starts w/c 6 June

Middle leaders have influential positions within schools, yet they may not be provided with specific middle leadership development to undertake this complex role.

Research conducted by Bassett (2012) and Robson (2012) both highlighted the need for middle leadership development and meaningful appraisal. In the absence of a national middle leadership programme, the onus falls on schools to develop and appraise their middle leaders.

This online middle leadership programme aims to meet the development needs of those specifically leading from the middle, by examining key principles and practical strategies for their implementation. Senior leaders will also benefit from this course, as they appraise and develop their middle leaders.

This programme is recognised as prior learning for postgraduate studies at Unitec Institute of Technology.


Mentoring and Coaching
Online Programme, starts w/c 24 July

Mentoring and coaching colleagues in order to transform their practice and build their capability requires a planned strategic approach that has been designed specifically for your learning environment.

Designed for any present or aspiring mentor teacher, middle/senior leader or principal in mentoring and/or coaching roles, CoL mentoring roles or those who are interested in improving their own ability to mentor or coach others, this 20 week/4 module online programme will empower participants by creating practical strategies to use in real time.


Have a question?

For any queries relating to the CORE Leaders’ Summit or online programmes, email us any time or phone (03) 379 6627.
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April 20, 2017

April Update 2017

One for my Kiwi readers.

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April Update 2017

By Helen Goldsworthy

VLN Primary School welcomes new Governance members at AGM by Helen Goldsworthy

The VLN Primary School recently held its annual AGM and are delighted to welcome new governance members Michael Brick and Hinerangi Murphy. Read more

Kia ora koutou katoa

Naumai, haere mai ki te Kura Tuatahi – Akonga Aka Mariko.Welcome to the VLN Primary School

Our goal is to:

Connect Schools for Enhanced Learning Outcomes

I hope you are all enjoying a well earned Term 1 break with whānau and friends, and are taking some time out for yourself to rest and recharge. Our thoughts are with colleagues and friends who are still cleaning up after recent flooding and storms.

We have had an exceptional first term with record enrolments and very little technical issues. This smooth start to the year has directly influenced learner engagement. Thanks to Ginette for the great job
she does behind the scenes to make everything happen for our learners!

In this newsletter:

We report on our recent AGM and welcome new Governance Group members, Michael and Hinerangi. Our 2016 Annual Report is included, please take the time to review this as it outlines our key operations and achievements for last year.

The Over the Back Fence (OtBF) project is profiled, with schools encouraged to think globally and communicate, collaborate and share with others through online connections.

Olivia from Wairakei School tells us about her visit from the Japanese advisor. Language advisors provide valuable support to schools in a range of different languages.

Check out the opportunity to apply for an immersion experience in Indonesia with Asia New Zealand. Several of our teachers have participated in these trips and they come highly recommended. Why not give it a go!

We welcome contributions to our monthly newsletter from schools in our network. We would love to receive some articles from our students. These can be sent to

Kia pai tō hararei

Ngā mihi nui


Rosmini College students teach Tagalog through the VLN Primary school network

Over the Back Fence (OtBF) -Learning derived from a humble concept that has become a global experience

Rosmini College’s Over the Back Fence (OtBF) project started seventeen years ago when students from the neighbouring primary school came over their back fence for weekly physical activity lessons. This concept provided the foundation for our OtBF global programme. And as we sought a platform to develop our model, integration with the VLN Primary School took place. Read more

Dr Kyoko Mikami (right) visiting Japanese teacher Olivia Graham

National Language Advisor for Japanese, Dr Kyoko Mikami, enjoys a visit at Wairakei School. 

Dr Mikami works for ILEP (International Languages and Pathways) and came to see how the VLN Primary is promoting Japanese to young people throughout New Zealand. Read more

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Opportunity: Indonesia Cultural Connections Trip 2017

New Zealand teachers have the opportunity to collaborate with teachers in Indonesia to establish online connections between their students. Open to primary, intermediate and secondary teachers, this trip includes cultural tours in Java. Read more

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April 16, 2017

Education News And Advice – CORE April Newsletter


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One for my Kiwi readers to begin the week.

Discover all the latest in education from CORE Education. News, resources and inspiration for educators.
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Kia Ora Michael

Welcome to our April issue of Ki te Ao. We feature interesting comment on Culturally Responsive practice, explore and optimise learning space and lots more.

Wishing you all a safe and Happy Easter and relaxing term break.

Culturally Responsive practice

CORE Education recognises our school communities are becoming more diverse and the needs of our tamariki are changing and evolving. Hear how CORE can work with you to explore what it means to be culturally responsive and build it into your foundations so you can better reflect the bi-cultural essence of Aotearoa New Zealand.

CORE is offering the following courses on this topic:

Optimising learning spaces to cater for students’ wellbeing

The Vacuum Cleaner and Hannah Hull’s Madlove – Designer Asylum, 2016, Design by Benjamin Koslowski and James Christian. Image credit – Wellcome.jpg
Millions of dollars and thousands of hours are being spent on building new schools and flexible learning spaces across New Zealand. Educators are now discussing the need to support student wellbeing when designing these learning environments. Chrissie Butler has written a blog post on this topic, encompassing her learning from the Madlove art project by artists the Vacuum Cleaner and Hannah Hull.
Read the blog post >

Are you interested in finding out more?

Learn how to design respectful, inclusive environments, where everyone is learning and achieving. Join us at the Changing Spaces event in Auckland, Friday, April 28.
Register for Changing Spaces >

From the blog

Bright Eyes: What does it mean to have a Pasifika lens?
Aiono Manu Faaea-Semeatu talks about her experience in facilitating Pasifika professional learning solutions More >
Our history matters to our learning 
Phoebe Davis discusses how history shapes cultures and the way people view the world
More >
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Professional learning – workshops, programmes & events

Breakfast seminar 
Making your school library a hub of innovation, collaboration and learningAUCKLAND  – 26 May
DUNEDIN – 17 May
CORE Leaders’ SummitAUCKLAND – 17 June
BYOD ImplementationWELLINGTON – 31 May
6 June
Online programme
Middle leadership matters
May & June 
Leading collaborative changeWELLINGTON – 8 June
DUNEDIN – 16 May
26 June  
Blended programme 
Gagana Samoa – Talanoa Mai

Contact us

We love receiving your feedback and ideas of things you want 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, talk to one of our consultants who can tailor PLD to you, your school or your Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako
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April 4, 2017

Your Ethos Newsletter for March

Yet another newsletter from earlier in the week.

Your newsletter from the Ethos Online Community – March 2017

Kia ora, talofa lava, and greetings,

As I spent this month working late and attending multiple work events on the weekends, I started to feel my body asking me to stop. My headache yelled “go to bed at a reasonable time” and my eczema screamed “you’re stressing us out”. This is a scenario I, unfortunately, fear a lot of us experience regularly. So, when I read Merryn Dunmill’s post on exploring the root cause of physical ailments (generally stress), rather than just popping a pill and getting on with it, it really resonated with me.

Merryn looks at the work of Dr Neha Sangwan, an incredible medical practitioner, who works with her patients to figure out the underlying issues causing them physical pain. I was lucky enough to hear Dr Neha speak at the World Women 17 conference this month, and what a wealth of incredible information she provided. Dr Neha’s practices focus largely on communication. Communication with ourselves, our bodies and our peers is essential in maintaining peace and finding the answers we need to know about ourselves.

Dr Neha talked largely about speaking truthfully with ourselves and being self-full (the word selfish was strictly prohibited) in order to find what we need and what will make us happy. Part of the process to discovering what you want in life is finding out what your values are. If you are aware of those qualities, which you hold dear and place importance on, you can then go about seeking them out. You might want to pop into the conversation started by  Sarah WhitingApplying ‘The Chaos Monkey’ to your life, who asks the questions: what is my chaos monkey? How can I better deal with ‘failure’? and How can I better support others to do the same?

Paul Keown has explored this concept of values with his posts this month. Paul looks at the role the school system plays in instilling values in students. Particularly in relation to understanding and addressing the existing gap between aspirational and real values. Research shows that the authoritative figures in students lives are behaving in such a way that doesn’t align with the values they claim they hold close and want to pass on to young people.

This divide has been brought to light by the recurring rape-culture situations we are seeing arise with male high-school students in New Zealand. The most recent of which sparked reaction from the New Zealand public and media, rebelling against this violation of public values. Paul talks about the value of critical thinking in this and how critical inquiry helps us discover our values and assess how they fit into each situation.

How have you discovered your values? And how do you think this fits into the education sphere?

Welcome to new members – March

The Ethos Online Community now has 436 members. Hope you will all give a warm haere mai (welcome) to January’s new members to the community:

  • Jenny Grainger, an Auckland based instructional designer, trainer, educator and workplace assessor, Jenny is especially interested in how e-Learning can aid with creativity, exploring new possibilities, and generally enhancing experiences for learners.

  • All the way from Tanzania, we welcome teacher,  Adam Namamba. The blended teaching and learning approach is of particular interest to Adam.

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.

  • In Aspirational v Real Values  Paul Keown addresses an often unrecognised gap – that which exists between aspirational values and real values. The dilemma arises in people claiming their aspirational values (the way we believe others should think and behave) are in fact their ‘core values’, those that they actually display in their behaviour. This is something that appears in education in many forms, one being the values that are taught in the classroom and by parents, and another being through the vision statement of schools. The gap between those values that authority figures commonly claim students should hold close versus what they’re behaviour actually shows is clear in a study outlined in this post. The study showed that while 96% of parents state it is of utmost importance to raise ethical, caring children, 80% of the youths surveyed reported that their parents “are more concerned about achievement or happiness than caring for others.” This disparity appears yet again when we analyse recent activity in New Zealand such as the multiple incidents of young male high-school students making crude comments focused on taking advantage of inebriated young women. In these cases the schools have come out stating that the values displayed by these students vary hugely from the school’s own. So what’s going wrong? Is this due to the school not instilling the values effectively in their students? Or is there too strong of an influence coming from outside sources that display opposing values such as the media and porn? What do you think a school’s role is when it comes to values? And how do we go about closing this gap?

  • After the above post, Paul monitored the media and public’s response to the ongoing issue of rape culture in New Zealand. Paul was particularly impressed by the actions of some year 13 students who publicly spoke up against the behaviour they have witnessed from their male peers. The media as well proved that it is possible to gain a public response to the gross violation of widely accepted civil values. This leads on to the topic of critical inquiry and critical thinking. Without some critical thought processes this reaction would not have happened. In Values, critical inquiry and rape culture Paul looks at what exactly critical thinking is, and how it influences our values and behaviour.

  • The negative effects of stress have been well documented – but what are we actually doing to address them? Stress related ailments are treated through traditional medical techniques, which are essential, but do we ever delve deeper to examine the underlying issue and practice long-term solutions? More often than not I fear the answer to this is no. People often want a quick-fix for the physical symptoms of stress so they can return to their busy lives as quickly as possible, therefore actually worsening the true issue. Merryn Dunmill shares with us a inspirational interview with Dr Neha Sangwan. Dr Neha works with patients to dig deeper and find the root cause of stress. She talks of her “double vision” technique where she describes how we stress ourselves thinking that faster and more makes us feel more important in the world.  She talks about her own breakdown and how she learned to dig deeper through “double vision” to source within herself her impact rather than externally. In Dr Neha Sangwan – Treating stress in the workplace (National Radio podcast) you can listen to the podcast and take a look at the method Dr Neha uses to hunt out inner stress.

  • Catriona Pene asks “Got 3 minutes? Well worth a watch of this video to get some tips on creating awesome passwords”: A quick reminder about passwords and how to create an awesome one.

  • This post holds a great wealth of information. Rachel Roberts had a Professional Learning and Development session with her Asian Language teaching group recently. This time is used to share experiences, explore new strategies and resources and prepare for the year ahead. Luckily for us, Rachel has put together some of the top insights and pieces of advice that came from this meeting. Take a look, VLN primary teachers share their tips for teaching online.

  • CoOLs – Communities of Online Learning – A double edged sword?  Looks at the proposed changes in the Education (Update) Amendment Bill. Rachel Roberts delves into what was up for discussion in part 3A – Communities of Online Learning. Rachel has been working with the VLN Primary School, and has been asking for something like CoOLs for a very long time. Rachel  shares the VLN Primary Submissions over recent years. They all ask for better resourcing, support and for inclusion of online learning within the mainstream schooling sector. Rachel discusses her work trying to engage these changes and how the system needs to alter to support CoOLS.

  • Monika Kern has started an exciting new role as the Education Manager at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. In Museum Education in 21C Monika explores how technology is changing the way museums aid the learning process. While a museum was once much like a library – somewhere you were educated through one dimensional observations – technology now allows for a much more interactive experience. Monika explores the purpose of a museum, how it can contribute to education and what barriers are faced in attempting this.

  • John S. Oliver  shares a very touching story that demonstrates, once again, the importance of teachers; MORE evidence that teachers change lives.

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:

  • This post looks at something Nick Billowes (CORE Education) shared a while back. Nick talks about the possibility of publishing through the cloud and how this could change the way students submit assignments, allowing teachers to browse on an i-device. The post also looks at the potential barriers in this situation.

  • Kevin Hall and Mike Crosson (based at Wintec) piloted QR codes and video clips in trades training – partly to encourage students to do some revision. QR (Quick Response) codes are described in Wikipedia as “A QR Code is a matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by QR scanners, mobile phones with a camera, and smartphones”. The idea is that it makes it easier for students to access and use content on online courses. This post has some useful resources and further information on how the codes can benefit students.

  • What skills do students need to obtain in order to go on to be functioning, positive members of the New Zealand society? Kwong-wing Lai talks about the need for human agency – the need for students to learn how to problem solve and think critically. However, with a changing society and outside influencers, research seems to show that young learners aren’t finding significance in their learning experiences. Therefore, to develop agency in learning it needs to be situated, authentic and personalised. In the Changing culture of learning: Mobility, Informality, and connectivity – mLearning re-framed Lai delves into how educators can work towards facilitating this.

Recommended videos

From the ever growing repository of videos (1,430 in total – thanks as always to John S Oliver for his awesome contributions), these are a just few of the highlights.

  • Collective nouns are a way to have fun with language. This video looks at the meaning behind some interesting collective nouns in nature  – Why is a group of crows called a ‘murder’?

  • What is sociology? Sociology seems to be a subject with a little bit of mystery around it. This video gives a  Crash Course on Sociology, beginning  by explaining what exactly sociology is.

  • Education tutorial: Exploring VoiceThread |  – this tutorial shows how to create interactive discussions both in and out of the classroom with VoiceThread.

  • In this free lesson you will learn the essential skills you need to master the e-learning tool that is Wikispaces Classroom.

  • This neat little video looks at how the brain works, how we learn, and why we sometimes make stupid mistakes – because thinking is actually uncomfortable. Take a look: The uncomfortable effort of thinking.




What’s on?

Lots of other things happening (online courses, conferences and other opportunities) including the 3rd International Conference on Studies in Law, Education, Business and Corporate Social Responsibilities (LEBCSR-17) taking place in Paris on April 27th 2017.

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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April 3, 2017

NZC Online Newsletter

One for for my Kiwi readers as they begin their school week.

31 March 2017
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Kia ora and welcome to the March newsletter for NZC Online. In these newsletters we keep you up to date with resources, stories, and research to help you implement your school curriculum.
What’s new on NZC Online?

NZC spotlights

NZC spotlights are mini professional learning sessions that focus on a specific aspect of The New Zealand Curriculum. Our first NZC spotlight takes a closer look at the NZC principles, helping you decide which principles require greater consideration at your school.

School story – Peer coaching at Flanshaw Road School

Teachers at Flanshaw Road School use peer coaching to help them inquire into the impact of their teaching. School principal Dr Cherie Taylor-Patel explains how peer coaching was developed and reveals the highlights and challenges. Cherie offers advice to other schools wanting to use peer coaching to support their teachers’ inquiries.

Money matters
The new Nigel Latta Mind over Money has sparked a national conversation about money.

Financial capability on NZC Online

NZC Online offers a support package to help you talk money with your students so that they can develop greater financial capability.

New teaching community – Commission for Financial Capability

Need some support with integrating financial education in the classroom? Use the new Commission for Financial Capability teaching community to ask questions of fellow teachers and our online facilitator. You can also find resources, news stories, and other useful resources to get your students ahead.

Debt Empire

Getting into debt has never been easier, getting out of debt remains just as hard. Equip your students with the skills and knowledge to get ahead in the real world through playing a fun game that’s already a hit. Debt Empire is an engaging and competitive free app that links with the curriculum in more ways than one.

For the calendar

This May we celebrate New Zealand Sign Language Week and Sāmoa Language Week. Check out our resource pages to support your planning for term 2.

New Zealand Sign Language Week, from 8 May 2017

New Zealand Sign Language Week provides an opportunity for schools to reflect on the inclusion principle and explore the values of diversity and respect. Students can make use of key competencies, especially using language, symbols, and text and relating to others.

Sāmoa Language Week, from 28 May 2017

Sāmoa Language Week / Vaiaso o le gagana Sāmoa helps all New Zealanders journey towards shared cultural understandings. Learning a new language gives us insight into new ways of thinking, and different beliefs and cultural practices. Everyone who learns gagana Sāmoa helps to preserve it as a living and rich language.

New on Enabling eLearning

Makerspaces are collaborative workshops where students gain practical hands-on experience with new technologies and innovative processes to design and build projects. Take a look through the new Makerspaces page on Enabling e-Learning with information, school stories, examples, and resources that support teachers to utilise this innovative approach to learning.

Coming soon

MASAM spotlight

Our next spotlight helps you explores how Māori achieving success as Māori can be brought to life at your school. Follow us on Facebook or through our Twitter feed @nzcurriculum to receive notification of its release.

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