Tuesday 28 February

Art and education go hand-in-hand

Tina Powell runs the education programme at Expressions and has been doing so for the last six months. She comes from a background in early childhood teaching but said arts ha always been a passion for her and sharing it outside the classroom has been …

The true cost of ignoring dyslexia

Dyslexic learners being let down by NZ education system? Share your stories, photos and videos. … I have three children, all formerly diagnosed by a registered educational psychologist as dyslexic. However, that diagnosis process required me to …

Survey shows that Te Reo Māori should be compulsory

Scandinavian countries like Finland, Norway and Sweden are exploring Māori language immersion models such as Kura Kaupapa and Kohanga Reo– the latter of which was the archetype for Hawaii’s Pūnana Leo. “We are world leaders in language …

 

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Monday 27 February

The Getting of Wisdom Exchange: Focus on later life learning

National peak bodies for adult and community education, Adult Learning Australia (ALA) and ACE Aotearoa have combined with a European-based network of researchers (ELOA) to host a unique series of study tours and one day conferences in Ballarat (14 …

Investing in Lower Hutt educators

… The Mind Lab’s ground-breaking postgraduate programme, which helps teachers to develop their skills in digital tools, leadership and innovative classroom practice. The scholarships are available to all schools in the Lower Hutt area, effective …

Why shouldn’t children learn Te Reo Māori?

Unfortunately the idea of Te Reo Māori (the Māori language) being made a compulsory subject in schools is offensive to some people. However, restricting tamariki (children) to only one worldview limits their education and deprives them of the knowledge …

School budgets have increased so why are so many principals struggling to make ends meet?

Schools are getting more money each year but many can’t make ends meet. Is government funding falling short or are schools bad at budgeting? Political reporter Jo Moir investigates. Deciding what your students will and won’t get at the start of the …

Google’s new generation of Chromebooks, designed for students and educators

In the years since, computers have begun to replace the need for those various tools—what we did on that calculator can now be done with an app, for example—allowing new possibilities for teaching and learning. Through our tools and devices, we try …

 

Friday 24 February

Minister celebrates Te Matatini

Education Minister Hekia Parata wishes those involved in Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival in Hastings this week all the very best. “Te Matatini is the pinnacle event for Māori performing arts and a chance to celebrate Māori language, identity and culture. I’m looking forward to being amongst it today with thousands of supporters from across the country and the globe,” says Ms Parata. …

Taranaki polytech gets fail grade

At its last review in 2012, NZQA said it was “confident” in the institute’s educational performance and quality assurance controls. The latest report found course completion rates had since dropped from 83 percent to 70 percent in 2015. For Māori it …

Watch NZH Local Focus: How Te Matatini can count towards your future

Mahaki Whauwhau knows what he wants to do when he leaves school – and he knows how to get there. Mahaki Whauwhau says he wants to get an Arts degree and do tattooing, “just because it’s my passion”.His education provider is Te…

National response to Learning Inquiry an F for fail

National’s inadequate response to the Select Committee Inquiry into Learning Support will see children on the autism spectrum, with dyslexia, and dyspraxia, continue to miss out on an education, the Green Party said today. Yesterday the Government …

Microsoft: Connecting Kiwi schools through professional learning groups

I guess I’m pretty excited about this for a few reasons, primarily because it links into the professional development model that is increasingly being adopted in New Zealand schools – that of Professional Learning Groups (PLG) using inquiry based …

 

 

 

 

Thursday 23 February

Taking a swing at education

Dunedin Businesses are lining up to take a swing at education! Twenty-four teams of four are taking part in The Otago Polytechnic Education Golf Open this Friday. The tournament raises money for the Otago Polytechnic Education Foundation which funds …

Youth voices and rights at heart of education | Scoop News

A YouTube video on equity in education put the youth voice right at the heart of a symposium on the topic at Massey University recently, with a rap by a group of …

Kawerau community still a focus for Toi Ohomai education

“As a partnership, we are improving access to education and increasing educational outcomes for Māori which leads to improved workforce participation for Māori, and as a result will increase living standards and prosperity for our communities.” As a …

Using the outdoors as a classroom

Kelly Mouat from Timbernook Wellington joins Kathryn Ryan to talk about adventurous outdoor learning.

Wednesday 22 February

Keep business out of education

Some local school principals are participating in a mentoring programme meant to help principals develop leadership skills and strategic plans. The principals are mentored by local business people. I have a few concerns about the model. Firstly, that …

Youth voices and rights at heart of education

A YouTube video on equity in education put the youth voice right at the heart of a symposium on the topic at Massey University recently, with a rap by a group of intermediate pupils about how education can be unfair. Pupils from … practice …

Fairhaven Special School: Culturally responsive pedagogy

Fairhaven Special School staff share their learning journey towards becoming a more culturally responsive inclusive school.
This school story is relevant to all schools reviewing their curriculum with their community.

Tuesday 21 February

Sarah Alexander: Kids’ needs could be forgotten in debate over earlier school entry

Small class size. New entrant classes usually have no more than 15 children. In ECE centres there is no maximum group size and centres can have 150 children. * Low teacher-child ratio and the same teacher throughout the day. A new entrant class will …

Support staff hours or jobs could be cut if education funding does not …

Education Minister Hekia Parata says there is no reason schools can not use their funding for more support staff, but some South Canterbury principals disagree.

Fewer Maori opt for degree study

Economics Professor Gail Pacheco, the director of the New Zealand Work Research Institute, says prior school performance is the largest contributing factor to the lower level of degree study, followed by parental education and socio economic status.

TEC wants better results for Maori and Pasifika students

The Tertiary Education Commission has abandoned its goal of eliminating disparities between Maori and Pasifika students, and other students, by next year. The commission has launched a new push to improve enrolment and pass rates among Maori and Pasifika students.

UC research: Are we all intuitive maths geniuses?

Is there mathematical knowledge built in to how we perceive the world? Are all of us essentially geniuses at maths, even if we didn’t do well at maths in school? University of Canterbury psychologists have a Marsden Grant of $705,000 to conduct …

 

Monday 20 February

Gareth Morgan’s party tackles ‘obsession’ with school testing in …

Gareth Morgan’s political party pledges to delay National Standards at primary school and slash NCEA at college.

Unique school helps unlock minds of dyslexic children | Stuff.co.nz

Toby van Rensburg says words are not so daunting now he is a student at Summit Point School. Toby van Rensburg felt dreadful when he was criticised by a …

Increasing confidence in assessments

“This Government brought in National Standards to give parents more information about their children’s achievement. National Standards rely on teacher’s judgments. So to support teachers to make consistent judgments and to help streamline their …

ECE technology expertise shared with support of NZTC

The internationally recognised leader in distance learning and online education will share his expertise on digital technology and its impact on the family at a symposium hosted by early childhood teacher education provider New Zealand Tertiary College …

Dyslexic learners being let down by NZ education system?

Were you, or someone close to you, let down by the education system? Did you finally get the help you needed? Are you open about your dyslexia, or do you keep it private to avoid judgement? Or are you a teacher with ideas about how the education system …

Clear ethnic differences at bachelor-level study in NZ

Three factors contribute the most to the lower levels of bachelor’s degree study among Māori and Pasifika – prior performance in school, socio economic status and parents’ educational attainment. The methodology allowed all three factors to be …

TOP policy on NCEA would be good for students and teachers

No NCEA exams until a student’s final year of school is an interesting policy to put on the education agenda, says PPTA president Jack Boyle. “We’re over-assessing our young people and have been for a long time. Students deserve a quality education and …

Pay teachers based on students’ progress: Thinktank

Teachers’ pay rates should be based on how much progress their students make in their learning, a report says.The report by the right-wing think tank NZ Initiative says performance-based systems of evaluating and paying teachers…

Why we shouldn’t stress about our children’s academic success

Expectations are a funny thing. We all have a sense, as we set out on the great adventure of parenthood, of our hopes for our kids. We imagine self-sustaining successful adults who, on their own thrilling adventure towards adulthood,…

School Journals not always as appreciated as they are now

The School Journal is now published by the Ministry of Education’s Lift Education arm, along with the twice-yearly Junior Journal, in both print and digital form. In 2014, the editors started workshops for new Maori and Pasifika contributors, with …

School rivalry for top students creating ‘ghettoisation’

Elite schools are accelerating social divisions by taking the best students from poor areas – and it’s time for a system re-think, a principal says.

Failing schools need more radical interventions, think tank says

New Zealand needs to be “much bolder in the way it measures and responds to school performance” to fix failing schools, a new report has claimed.