Professional Development

Learn (and learn to teach) a new language – for free

By Jane Blaikie 20 January, 2016

A free programme run through Auckland University enables teachers to boost their own and their students‘ language learning. Learn (or learn more) Chinese, Cook Islands Maori, French, German, Japanese, Niuean, Samoan,…

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Reading together pulled apart?  

By Jane Blaikie 19 January, 2016

[g1_quote hide_author_image=”none” author_description_format=”%link%” align=”left” size=”s” style=”solid” template=”01″] Meaningful parental involvement with children’s activities and interests is the most critical factor in their children’s development. [/g1_quote] A reading initiative described as…

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The TRCC celebrates 70 years

By Jane Blaikie 19 January, 2016

A cherished institution in the education landscape, the Teachers Refresher Course Committee (TRCC) celebrated its 70th birthday in December. Speakers reflected on a successful past and looked to the future…

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Seizing success from the jaws of the GERM

By Jane Blaikie 18 January, 2016

Smart schools are taking a cautious approach to the new Communities of Learning (CoL), rejecting the one-size-fits -all model and working according to evidence, need and proven records of success.…

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Mentoring in early childhood education

By Charmaine Thomson 15 January, 2016

There is much research that validates mentoring and leadership as key for ECE professionals. But structurally speaking, it’s easier said than done in a sector beset by underfunding. How, in…

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Bowie's best books

By Sharon Jones 15 January, 2016

The Los Angeles Times pays tribute to David Bowie with a story about his advocacy for books and reading. He was one of the first of a series of celebrities to…

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MLE's under fire

By Jane Blaikie 2 December, 2015

Radio New Zealand reports this morning on parental concerns about modern learning environments. It seems some parents are shifting their children from these schools, which offer team teaching in large spaces, because they…

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Talk Korero Talk

By EA Staff 1 October, 2015

Institute of Professional Learning literacy facilitators Sandy Harrop and Lyn Pascoe realised, when in schools, that children aged five were arriving at school with insufficient school-useful vocabulary to allow them…

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Support staff conference success

By EA Staff 1 October, 2015

Support staff members met at conferences in Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch over the winter. “They were an amazing opportunity for professional development and to shape ongoing careerpath development work,…

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The Orwellian world of cultural competency

By Heni Collins 1 October, 2015

Maori, Pacific and Pakeha teachers are calling on government to back up the rhetoric with funding and commitment. The doublespeak is wearing thin. Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013-2017, the…

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