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TTT February news 2016


Kia ora, talofa lava, kia orana, mālō e lelei and welcome to Hei Pānui Te Toi Tupu for February from the Consortium Manager's Desk. 

Thank you to everyone who was involved in our TTT hui in Hamilton. Thank you also to our wonderful whānau at the University of Waikato for hosting us. This national event has set the scene as we embark on an exciting year of PLD together.

Hui 2016

Photo: Trevor Bond

In January this year, along with 680 others, I was fortunate enough to attend the Visible Learning World Conference in London. I've attached my reflective notes I took throughout the conference as well as the associated PPT presentations from presenters such as Professor John Hattie - Closing keynoteKristen Anderson – Building trust, Shirley Clarke - Feedback self/peer/teacher feedback, Andy Hargreaves - Uplifting leadership, Professor Mike Waters –The learning arena, Helen Butler – Collaboration and impact on learning, Guy Claxton - Making a learning powered school.

Most of those attending seemed to be principals or senior leaders and it was a great opportunity to talk to people from different countries about what is happening in their context. NZ still seems to be at the forefront. A couple of people I spoke to from Scotland commented on how the curriculum there is trying to bring back creativity, which was one of the themes that came through from a number of speakers. The other main themes were around collaboration and the impact of collective professionalism. Definitely exciting to think about where we sit in the global arena.

In the meantime, some of you might also be interested in the latest OECD paper, Low-Performing Students: Why They Fall Behind and How To Help Them Succeed 

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Kiwi encouraged to celebrate Pacific languages

“We are a Pacific country and our Pacific neighbours have had a huge influence on our history and culture. New Zealand is home to many Pacific people but the use of their languages here is in decline.” Peseta Lotu-Iiga)- Pacific Peoples Minister 2016

There are seven Pacific language weeks this year, each celebrating the language and culture of a Pacific Island nation. Our sense of self is inextricably linked to our heritage, culture and language. It is important that our young Pacific people retain their links to their heritage. It is wonderful that New Zealand recognises and embraces its place in the Pacific.

Google has this week launched Google Translate for Samoan, which Mr Lotu-Iiga described as a positive sign for Pacific languages.

“People are using Samoan enough on the internet that translation is required. I would love to see that extended to our other Pacific languages. If everyone spoke or wrote a few simple phrases in their everyday language, then Pacific languages will remain alive in New Zealand,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says.

The 2016 Pacific language weeks line-up begins with Samoa Language Week in May and ends with Tokelau Language Week in October.

Dates for 2016 Pacific language weeks:

  • Samoa Language Week: 29 May – 4 June
  • Cook Islands Language Week: 31 July – 6 August
  • Tonga Language Week: 4 September – 10 September
  • Tuvalu Language Week: 25 September – 1 October
  • Fiji Language Week: 3 October – 9 October
  • Niue Language Week: 16 October – 22 October
  • Tokelau Language Week: 23 October – 29 October

Put these in your own calendars smiley.

Inclusive practices

“Inclusive classrooms create students who are comfortable with differences, skilled at confronting challenging issues and aware of their connectedness.”
Sapon-Shevin, M. (2008). Learning in an inclusive community. Educational Leadership, September, 66 (1), 49–53

Read this article to consider how you’re supporting schools to develop inclusive learning communities.

You will find supporting materials and activities to support and challenge schools about their inclusive practices.
Module 2 - Why is inclusion important?
Modules 3 - Challenging assumptions and beliefs about inclusion

Tessa Gray



The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Brainy quotes.

Kia ora tatou, and welcome to a new year and the ever-changing face of PLD. Exciting times ahead. As we work towards supporting schools in clusters (and communities of learning) to engage in reflective practice, we also find ourselves re-examining our own learning community. Over the next few weeks we'll be able to discuss ways in which Te Toi Tupu community can support our collaborative inquiries, and ultimately our role in schools.

In the meantime, there's some interesting articles about personalised PLD and the affordances of digital technologies (including social networks) for professional and personal growth - anytime, anywhere, anyhow. In this blog post, A new era of professional development? Derek Wenmoth highlights some of the drivers for change at the national and international level and shares some practical 'research-based principles that should underpin any PLD planning and decision-making.' In this blog post on, Reimagining Professional Learning 2016 I talk about catalysts for change and share some example of how schools are already reimagining PLD - beyond traditional methods recognised so far.

As schools begin to reimagine PLD for 2016 and beyond, we might do the same. How do you see professional learning looking different for you and your PLD team in 2016?

Until next time,

Hei konā mai 

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