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April 1, 2021

PPTA Collective News – Promise to New Teachers, eLearning taskforce, PLD co-ordinator vacancy

An item for my Kiwi readers.  Note the details around the eLearning advisory group.

PPTA Collective News

Latest update – 31/03/2021

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Relaunch of Promise to New Teachers 

Promise to New Teachers

The Promise to New Teachers is a way for boards of trustees, principals and school communities to show responsibility for the future of the profession. By signing this promise  your school community demonstrates a shared mutual commitment to new teachers in your school.

The Promise was originally developed in 2017 at a time when 77% of new teachers were employed on temporary contracts. The number of new teachers in temporary contracts has decreased to 61% in 2019, which is a good start, but the problem is by no means fixed.

The purpose of the relaunch is to ask schools who signed in 2017 to re-commit and for those who have not yet signed to join the community of schools committing to this kaupapa of care for beginning teachers.  Visit our website for further information and resources.

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eLearning advisory group – call for nominations from eLearning networks

The main work of this taskforce will be to help develop provisions for eDeans and eTeachers in the STCA, and for ePrincipals in the SPCA, and to consider best practice guidelines for eLearning and/or remote learning policy.

The taskforce will operate in 2021 and will consist of representatives of the following roles in eLearning networks:

  • ePrincipals,
  • eDeans, and
  • eTeachers (at least one of whom will hold both eTeacher and eDean roles).

The taskforce members will represent to the greatest degree possible geographical spread and different kinds of schools.

Nominations close at 5 pm on April 9, 2021. 

A nomination form is available at the link below:

eLearning advisory group – call for nominations ( 

Please email for further information.

National Coordinator – Professional Development Fund for Secondary School Teachers

PPTA Te Wehengarua is seeking a national coordinator for the Professional Development Fund for Secondary School Teachers.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead an important initiative between NZPPTA and the Ministry of Education.

The position is based in the association’s national office in Wellington and is to provide co-ordination of, and leadership in, the PLD Fund.  This is a fixed-term position, as the government funding was provided, in 2020, for a four-year term.

Applications close 5pm, April 23

Further information is available on the PPTA Te Wehengarua website at the link below:

National Coordinator – Professional Development Fund for Secondary School Teachers ( 

For a job description and application form email

For queries about this position contact PPTA Te Wehengarua general secretary Michael Stevenson

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March 31, 2021

Success in Pacific Education Grant recipients announced!

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An item for my Kiwi readers.

Kia ora, Talofa lava, Kia orāna, Mālō e lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Bula vinaka, Namaste, Taloha ni, Halo ola keta, Mauri Michael

We are excited to announce this year’s Success in Pacific Education Grant recipients. Our congratulations go to this passionate and innovative group of educators from across Aotearoa. This year’s grants have been awarded for a variety of meaningful and relevant research and inquiry projects. We are excited about the contribution they will make towards equitable outcomes for Pacific learners.

Find out more about the recipients and their projects >

Contact us

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Alyssa McArthur
022 403 2279

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March 29, 2021

Futuremakers newsletter, March 2021

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FutureMakers Update March 2021

This month’s newsletter has loads of new resources, links and ideas for classroom-based activity that will help you in your efforts to be a Future Maker in our education system. We cover a range of topics from climate change, environmental care to issues of equity and assessment of learning.
Why not use some time over the next few weeks to do some reading and preparation for what you might do in your programmes for term two?

SET: Climate Change Special Edition

The folks at NZCER do a great job with publishing SET. This special issue engenders a sense of joint responsibility for addressing the climate crisis. Everybody within the education system has an important role to play, from students and teachers, to leaders and teacher educators, to policy makers and infrastructure designers.
Read more here…

Walk the Te Araroa Trail – virtually

Here’s a chance to involve your kaiako in an exciting virtual experience on NZ’s very own Te Araroa Trail. Book now so your ākonga can ask Mark (Executive director–Te Araroa Trail) and Stephen (Walking Access NZ) their questions about getting into the outdoors and how we might take better care of it.
Read more here…

Lifting from Loss

The latest paper from the folks at NPDL (Fullan, Quinn, Gardner, Drummy) with some insightful thinking about how we must think and act in a post-COVID world, where there is an increasing emphasis from some quarters on the notion of ‘learning loss’. They argue that, by necessity, school has changed, and quite simply, there is no going back.
Download PDF here…

AsiaNZ School Champions programme

This programme brings together leading educators to act as amplifiers and role models, ensuring knowledge and understanding of Asia is valued in New Zealand schools. Their resource area also contains new teaching units for 2021, including a yr1-10 social studies unit on the Tokyo Olympic Games and a similar on for the Tokyo Paralympic Games

Read more here…

Responsible Consumption and Production

Do you know where your food and water come from? How about where the waste goes once you’re done eating? Do you know how much energy you use when you leave the lights on in your room for the whole day? Why not join the SDG Bookclub to help children learn about the SDGs

Read more here…

Youth Creations on Equity in Education

Great project from FanSchool. Youth were asked to create something that responded to one of three questions (1) How can education help create a more equitable world? (2) What does designing equitable learning mean to you? (3) How can schools give youth more voice and power?
These videos capture how 35 incredible youth responded, along with what inspired the creation.

Access the videos here

Lesson Plans for NZ Teachers

Great resource – free publication from, a Victoria University of Wellington School of Government initiative. The lesson plans within can be freely used and reproduced without permission from the authors.

Read more here…

Lesson Plans for NZ Teachers

For more great lesson ideas and resources check out these practical classroom resources from ScotDec. They’re designed for every level which support active Global Citizenship.
Read more here…
Note – this link has also been added to the list of SDG resources on the FutureMakers website

I encourage you to watch James Pellegrino and Tony McKay  discuss the topic of Deep learning – future of assessment of student learning. Pellegrino’s research and development interests focus on children’s and adult’s thinking and learning and the implications of cognitive research and theory for assessment and instructional practice. This ties in nicely with a lot of what is being promoted in the resources in this newsletter – essentially that deep learning, and the way we assess it, is really a process, not a product.  Read more here

From my blog…

A couple of posts that may be of interest – looking at two contrasting perspectives on the leadership/management debate. One is titled ‘the misery of management‘ and explores what goes wrong when we focus only on doing things right and not necessarily doing the right things. The second is titled ‘relishing relational leadership‘ and explores the benefits of a relational approach to leadership – at all levels.

FLANZ conference

I’m looking forward to being a keynote at the FLANZ conference in Wellington on 14-15 of April – being offered as a ‘hybrid’ conference this year with multiple venues. Why not consider participating – your chance to meet so many experts in the field of open, flexible and distance education.  Details are available here.

How can I help you become a better Future Maker?

I work with schools in NZ and elsewhere, both in person and virtually, to help them design programmes that will challenge and inspire young people by building in them the confidence and capabilities to become Future Makers. If this interests you please contact me by clicking on 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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March 28, 2021

uLearn21 is online!

An item for my Kiwi readers to begin their week.

Kia ora Michael
uLearn provides an inspiring platform for innovators, researchers and influencers in Aotearoa who are focused on advancing education and learning in practice.

As an online education conference, uLearn21 will be accessible to educators across Aotearoa.

Put 13-14 October in your calendar and stay tuned for more information (please note the call for abstracts will be opening soon).

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March 24, 2021

April has a DigiTech event for everyone.

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This April is full of engaging and exciting hui around Digital Technology for kaiako, teacher aides and students. Here are all the details for you.

Building your Creative Toolkit with iPad
This full day workshop will have you excited about creation apps and building your very own creative toolkit and digital fluency to support teaching and learning with an iPad. Delve into the native (free) iPad apps that will promote creativity and support learning across the curriculum.

Tuesday, 6 April
9:30am – 3:30pm

Book your place here. 

More April Events

STEAM Technologies to inspire learning (Aranui)
STEAM Technologies to inspire learning is open to ākonga/ whānau and kaiako from across Canturbury. Perfect for ākonga to learn about careers in technology.

Saturday, 17 April – Saturday, 1 May
9:30am – 2:30pm every day

More information and bookings here

Digital Fluency for Teacher Aides
The Digital Fluency for Teacher Aide workshop is fully customized to the needs of the workshop attendees, to help them improve their knowledge and skills in using Digital Technologies for their professional development.

There are seven workshops throughout 2021 to choose from, you are welcome to attend one or all events.

Save your place here.


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