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News of February 2016

Te Reo Māori Publishing Release Schedule


A schedule of Ministry of Education Māori medium resources being published in 2016.

PaCT workshops begin in March 2016


These workshops are open to all schools interested in using the Progress and Consistency Tool (PACT), and RTLBs, RTLits, and Reading Recovery Teachers.

Dates and locations are listed on this page. For details of times and venues please contact pact.feedback@education.govt.nz 

Using social media to connect with your community


This guide offers schools starting points to support planning for, and getting started, using social media with their communities.

The guide has been published by the Connected Learning Advisory – Te Ara Whītiki, a free Ministry of Education service that offers consistent, unbiased advice to state and state-integrated schools and kura on integrating technology with learning.

Secondary newsletters for term 1 now available


Term 1 e-newsletters for secondary middle leaders are now available. These newsletters offer effective teaching strategies, useful links for resources and exemplars, links to relevant readings, and information about upcoming regional workshops and cluster sessions.

Kia Eke Panuku


Kia Eke Panuku: Building on Success is a professional development school reform initiative currently operating in 94 secondary schools from Kaitaia to Invercargill. The kaupapa of Kia Eke Panuku is:

Secondary schools give life to Ka Hikitia and address the aspirations of Māori communities by supporting Māori students to pursue their potential.

A consortium led by the University of Waikato, and including Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and the University of Auckland, is delivering a PLD model that builds on the understandings gained from five previous programmes: Te Kotahitanga; He Kākano; the Starpath Project for Tertiary Participation and Success and the Secondary Literacy and Numeracy Projects.

For information about the programme and access to a range of resources go to the Kia Eke Panuku website

Wellbeing tools for schools and young people


This Education Gazette article focuses on programmes and tools that are available for schools to support and enhance the wellbeing of their students.

The article also has links to online tools for students, their friends, parents, and whānau.

Know your copy-rights!


Find out from this Education Gazette article about new resources from Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ that include a new video and handbook to help teachers with Creative Commons licensing of teaching resources, and some basic copyright facts. You can download the handbook for free, and you can watch the video here.

e-asTTle enhancements for online testing


e-asTTle has been made easier to use in 2016. These changes will mean that students can take tests and view their reports on a wider range of devices, including larger tablets.
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