Professional Development

Citizen scientists

By Jane Blaikie 6 April, 2013

Teacher Rita Urry spent 2011 as a Royal Society Primary Science Teacher Fellow. For two terms she worked with a scientist from the Wellington Regional Council monitoring the environment. Back…

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Support staff exemplar

By Michelle Nixon 27 October, 2012

An innovative Auckland school has integrated support staff into the heart of its working life. Robyn Claxton talks to Michelle Nixon. Robyn Claxton loves her job as database manager at…

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Support staff count at Wainui Intermediate

By Jane Blaikie 22 October, 2010

Better use of support staff in schools is key to future school improvements. Jane Blaikie reports. It’s as clear as Bill English’s budget deficit, that public education will struggle to…

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Vision or Nightmare?

By Jane Blaikie 22 October, 2010

This report proposes radical changes to initial teacher education, “standards” against which teachers would be assessed, and performance pay-style “rewards” to be administered by principals. Unfortunately, its more laudable aim…

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Standards miss the richness of our kids

By Jane Blaikie 18 July, 2010

“There’s a great deal of confusion,” says Jan Tinetti, principal at Merivale School, which has a 98 percent Maori role. “Four years ago our kids were failing, we were one…

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Professional Learning – It's a walk in the dark

By Jane Blaikie 14 April, 2010

A few years ago, teachers could ring an advisor at their local School of Education and say, “Hey, we’re doing science next term, I need some help.” But those days…

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PRTs suffer the ups and downs

By Jane Blaikie 29 January, 2010

Liam Rutherford says some PRTs (provisionally registered teachers) are too frightened of rocking the boat to ask for support in their schools, and mentoring programmes vary a lot I’m coming…

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Online networks can rock your world

By Sarah Jones 6 December, 2009

It all began through one teacher’s “personal learning network” (PLN)” a global community of professional educators, facilitated by IT. Going global Dorothy Burt, professional development facilitator at Point England School,…

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