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Conservation Week 15–23 September 2018

19/9/2018

Conservation Week is being held this year Monday 15 September–Sunday 23 September.

There are many events to take part in around New Zealand, organised by Department of Conservation (DOC), local businesses, and community groups.

DOC is also encouraging conservation activities you can do at home to help New Zealand’s biodiversity.

New Zealand Curriculum Online's resource page has links to teaching resources and more ideas for getting involved in this annual event.

Tapasā - Cultural competencies framework for teachers of Pacific learners

13/9/2018

Tapasā is a resource for all teachers of Pacific learners. It is designed to support teachers to become more culturally aware, confident and competent when engaging with Pacific learners and their parents, families and communities. It aims to contextualise quality teaching and planning within a Pacific learner setting by providing a Pacific lens to the Standards for the Teaching Profession and the Code of Professional Responsibility. 

Tapasā has been designed to help improve the way teachers and leaders engage with Pacific learners, and to an extent parents, families and their communities, to make the biggest difference in a child’s educational success. 

We encourage all schools with Pacific students to use Tapasā as a guide to help improve their way of communication and gain a deeper understanding of howTapasā works and how it applies to the teaching role in supporting Pacific students.

Tapasā will be officially launched by Minister Salesa on Friday 14 September at Otahuhu Primary.

Te wiki o te reo Māori – Māori language week 2018

10/9/2018

Te wiki o te reo Māori takes place this year between 10 and 16 September. 

'Kia Kaha te reo Māori' is the theme for this year’s Māori Language Week – ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'.

This resource page from New Zealand Curriculum Online has ideas, links, and stories to help schools engage with their parents, families, and whānau to support the learning of te reo Māori in both the school and home environment.

Are you a provisionally certificated teacher (PCT) looking to progress to full certification?

29/8/2018

The Education Council recently launched a new induction and mentoring programme, Tuakana Teina, which pairs experienced mentor teachers with provisionally certificated teachers (PCTs) who are unable to find a mentor at their own school or centre.

The aim of the initiative is to support PCTs towards full certification, where they may otherwise be unable to do so.

PCTs will receive support from a qualified mentor who will work with PCTs in their educational setting, at times that suit them.

Go to the Education Council website to find out more details, complete an application form, or email mentoring@educationcouncil.org.nz to lodge your interest in the Tuakana Teina programme.

Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga 2–8 September 2018

23/8/2018

Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga is being held from Sunday 2 September – Saturday 8 September 2018.

This special week gives students of all ethnicities the chance to learn some basic lea faka-Tonga, and gives students who speak lea faka-Tonga the chance to be experts in the classroom.

New Zealand Curriculum Online suggests resources, ideas, and activities to help schools and communities celebrate the language and culture of Tonga.

Better understanding of Ready to Read and School Journal

23/8/2018

In this article, Lift Education takes a look at Ready to Read and School Journal to help clarify understanding of these series. 

Find out about levelling criteria and process, reviews and changes that have been made in recent years, and some of the key principles that underpin the development of the series.

Digital Technologies and the national curriculum – what’s it all about?

3/8/2018

This page from Enabling e-Learning is regularly updated with the latest information for schools and teachers.

Building genuine learning partnerships with parents: Teaching approaches and strategies that work

3/8/2018

This ERO report shares strategies and approaches from schools that have contributed to improving achievement by developing genuine learning partnerships with parents.

It includes some simple strategies a few of the schools used to involve parents more in supporting the things children were learning at school.

Links for digital technologies

24/7/2018

This page from Technology Online provides tables with links to some useful digital technologies resources suggested by teachers (primary and secondary).

Select the images in the tables to view information about the links.

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko Digital Readiness Programme

6/7/2018

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko - the National Digital Readiness programme has been developed to ensure teachers and kaiako are ready to implement the new digital technologies content.

The nationwide programme will provide an understanding of the new digital technologies content and useful teaching strategies, as well as the opportunity to network with others to gain ideas and insights, view explanatory videos, and train as a digital leader.

A self review tool Te Tokorima-a-Mahuika (TTaM) is a key part of the Readiness Programme. The tool has been designed to give feedback to teachers and kaiako on how ‘ready’ they are to implement the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content.

Sign up to use the self review tool.


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