Professional Development

The case for spelling

By EA Staff 1 October, 2015

I am putting the case for spelling to again be recognised as an essential pre-condition of effective writing and not a secondary surface feature of writing. Now that I am…

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Doing it for ourselves

By Jane Blaikie 30 September, 2015

“It’s been bandied about for a couple of years now that we’re teaching children for jobs that haven’t yet been invented,” says Sharon Jane. “You hear people say ‘so what…

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Special education – the real crisis

By Jane Blaikie 14 July, 2015

Wellington principal Mark Potter is mildly optimistic about the Update, in part because his school is already on the path that the latest revamp of the Ministry of Education’s Special…

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Pedagogies of hope; dialogical professional development

By Jane Blaikie 1 April, 2015

Introduction Students in poverty often do not reach their potential in New Zealand’s education system; this is largely due to reasons outside of schools’ control (see Snook and O’Neill chapter).…

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Lift the quality of ECE in your district

By Jane Blaikie 20 January, 2015

The Hutt Valley ECE network has become active over the last year, giving a boost to exhausted teachers and support staff. The network offers free professional development and networking to strengthen services in…

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Support staff: This is about you

By Jane Blaikie 20 January, 2015

Support staff stars Alison Gray and Bonnie Campbell kick off the year with a To Do list for support staff members on how to jump start their careers. 1. Job…

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The rise and rise of corporate childcare

By Jane Blaikie 2 October, 2014

The current boom in large-scale for-profit early childhood centres is shaping up as a disastrous experiment in the care of the very young. Jane Blaikie investigates. Key points A boom…

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Kohanga kaiako Ki Taiao

By Michelle Nixon 2 January, 2014

Na ta rourou, na taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive On a sunny west coast beach, tiny…

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Digital learning – coming, ready or not

By Diana Clement 18 July, 2013

Key points Ultrafast broadband and the Network for Learning are transforming the classroom. Teachers need more professional development to make it work. Academics are concerned that the implications of this…

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New Scientists – from e-waste to turbines

By Steven Sexton 6 April, 2013

Abstract This paper reports on a joint venture between the University of Otago’s Department of Applied Sciences and the College of Education which resulted in New Scientists: Educating the next…

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