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Ministry of Education funded professional learning and development for 2017

The Education Services Professional Learning and Development  website explains how professional learning and development (PLD) is being changed from 2017.

Centrally-funded PLD is focussed on building greater equity and excellence in a small number of national priority areas. Priority areas for the next 3-5 years are:

  • pāngarau/maths
  • pūtaiao/science
  • te reo matatini (pānui, tuhituhi, kōrero)/reading and writing
  • digital fluency.

PLD is not limited to courses in these priorities. Schools may need to build evaluative capability or work more effectively with parents and whānau to improve student outcomes in priority areas.

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Connected Learning Advisory – Professional support for schools

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In 2017, the advisory is offering opportunities for school leaders, teachers and leaders of digital technologies to come together and explore effective ways to manage and plan how your school/community of schools use digital technologies for learning.

The workshops are free of charge and will be held across the country. Venues and content are still being finalised.

Teachers need ongoing access to information about effective practice using ICT so they can support 21st century students to achieve their full potential and become lifelong learners. One of the easiest and most effective ways to communicate best practice in e-learning is through the use of ICT.

Enabling the 21st Century Learner: An e-Learning Action Plan for Schools 2006–2010

Effective professional learning and development has the following four characteristics:

  • It is in-depth.
  • It is provided over time.
  • It is related to practice.
  • It is contextually relevant.

Derek Wenmoth, 2015

As your school begins a new initiative such as developing an innovative learning environment, learning with 1-1 devices, or BYOD, there can be a variety of different reactions from teachers. Some are very keen, while others may find change intimidating.

Spend time with your staff identifying their concerns and the barriers they may be experiencing. Put in place systems which will address those so that all teachers are confident and equipped to move into innovative learning pedagogies and environments.

Gavin Burn and Cathie Zelas explain the process they used for a successful move from a traditional learning environment to an innovative learning environment at Halswell School. Key to their success was comprehensive and ongoing staff professional development. This included:

  • addressing staff concerns around the upcoming changes using the Concerns-based adoption model (CBAM)
  • modelling the concept of agency
  • meeting the learning needs identified by staff
  • supporting staff to trial and evaluate systems for successful collaboration.

As Pegasus Bay School focused on developing culturally responsive practice, the whole staff were given the option of working through the online course, Te Reo Puawai. Teachers explain the benefits of this approach and share how they collaborated, supported each other, and developed their practice together.

Principal, Roger Hornblow explains the importance of being deliberate about giving teachers skills at a personal level, which have practice and performance outcomes.

Chris Allen, principal of Sacred Heart Girls' College, and Mike Wilson, ICT cluster director, share why they chose to use a teacher inquiry model as a focus for professional learning and why that approach has been so successful.

The success of the Wairakei School's BYOD trial  and it's expansion throughout the school led to a need for building teacher capability school-wide. Professional development occurred in a number of ways that included: 

  • teachers sharing their practice, outcomes from inquiries, and discussing pedagogy 
  • using the SAMR model
  • techy brekkies – short morning meetings to share aspects of using digital technologies
  • student experts in one class supporting other classes
  • digital citizenship being focused on across the school.

Teacher, Kate Friedwald explains how whole school PD at Wairakei School, based on the Teaching as Inquiry model, is being applied to ICT or some form of technology, and how through the SAMR model they are ensuring students get the best from their teaching.

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The role of e-leader can be developed to support the implementation of your digital technologies plan. An effective e-leader can support ongoing, coherent deep learning enabled by digital technologies.

Allister Williamson’s role as e-Learning coordinator at Pakuranga College involves overseeing their professional learning programme. They have systems in place to support teachers with learning to use digital technologies effectively. These include: whole school audits of capability, a system of rubrics to support teachers with next steps for learning, a professional learning programme based on teacher inquiry supported by e-mentors.

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Observing teachers’ classroom practice, analysing the lesson and providing feedback is often cited as a central feature of mentoring and coaching relationships that result in improved learning for students. The particular advantage of this form of coaching is the direct embedding of the interactions between the coaches and teachers in the context of teachers’ daily work, a key tenant of effective professional development. 

Timperley, H. S., Parr, J. M., & Hulsbosch N. H. (2008) Coaching through feedback: A close and critical analysis

Literacy coaches, Gill Aldworth and Denise Brown talk about their role in supporting teachers with their inquiries and how teachers are using the literacy progressions, refining what they are teaching, and being very specific and forming their next steps.

Teacher, Vicki Pimenta shares her approach to using the literacy progressions and raising student achievement in reading. By including student voice and encouraging the students to know where they were and what their next step was going to be students own their learning. In the classroom she uses QR codes to help them with this. In this video you can see how the literacy coaches have supported her teacher inquiry in the classroom.

 Key resource

Coaching through feedback: A close and critical analysis
This study is part of a national professional development in literacy project in New Zealand.

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Leading e-learning

Educational consultant, Julia Atkin, discusses the process of leading e-learning in a school. She explains the importance of creating a shared vision that reflects the competencies students need to develop, and identifying teacher needs to ensure the vision can be put into practice.

Creating a vision to lead e-learning in your school

Creating a vision to lead e-learning in your school

Dr Cheryl Doig, director of Think Beyond Limited, talks about the importance of having a shared language and understanding of what e-learning is before integrating it into the school vision.

Teaching as inquiry through an e-learning lens

Teaching as inquiry through an e-learning lens

LwDT facilitator, Anna Harrison discusses the value of the teaching and inquiry model as a basis for PLD for e-learning. 

SMS – Facilitating teacher inquiry

SMS – Facilitating teacher inquiry

Principal, Michael Malins shares how they use their SMS to document teacher inquiries. 

Supporting successful BYOD implementation

Supporting successful BYOD implementation

e-Learning co-ordinator, Allistair Williamson explains key steps for implementing BYOD at Pakuranga College. 

Professional learning – Teacher inquiry

Professional learning – Teacher inquiry

Pakuranga College principal, Michael Williams describes their intensive PLD programme.

Professional learning – e-Learning coordinator role

Professional learning – e-Learning coordinator role

Allister Williamson explains his role as e-Learning coordinator at Pakuranga College, which involves overseeing their professional learning programme.

Preparing for BYOD – Professional development

Preparing for BYOD – Professional development

Dominic Killalea, Deputy Principal at Wellington High School, discusses the importance of making time for professional learning.

Professional development at Hampden Street School

Professional development at Hampden Street School

e-Learning lead teacher, John O'Regan explains their professional development focus on using e-learning tools to support learning.

Planning for success – Taking your staff with you

Planning for success – Taking your staff with you

Pakuranga College DP, Billy Merchant explains taking staff with you on the e-learning journey is number one. Not all staff will move at the same pace and in the same way so they provide lots of different channels and different avenues for support.

Professional learning – Planning strategically

Professional learning – Planning strategically

Pakuranga College principal, Michael Williams explains their system for PLD. Using their rubrics teachers can identify their strengths and next steps. e-Mentors support teachers with their inquiries into using digital technologies effectively.

Pedagogy underpinning BYOD

Pedagogy underpinning BYOD

Wellington High School Principal, Dominic Killalea explains the pedagogy behind their BYOD approach which supports lifelong learning.

Planning for building staff capacity

Planning for building staff capacity

Hampden Street School principal, Don McLean describes their approach to professional development.

Support for teachers

Support for teachers

Principal Melissa Bell and the e-learning leaders at St Hilda's Collegiate describe the professional development they have in place to support teachers with teaching and learning.

Resourcing

Resourcing

Pakuranga College principal, Michael Williams explains their school systems and roles for building staff capacity to use digital technologies to support learning and teaching. 

Using the SAMR model to evaluate technology use

Using the SAMR model to evaluate technology use

Ben Britton, lead teacher ICT at Wellington High School, discusses how they use the SAMR model to evaluate plan for effective use of technologies in the classroom.

Professional learning using teacher inquiry

Professional learning using teacher inquiry

Chris Allen and Mike Wilson Sacred Heart Girls' College share why they chose to use a teacher inquiry model as a focus for professional learning and why that approach has been so successful.

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Developing the pedagogy and practice for an innovative learning environment

Woodend School Deputy Principal, Adrienne Simpson explains using the spiral of inquiry as a framework identify how to move forward with innovative learning practices and learning with digital technologies.

Pedagogy underpins practice in an innovative learning environment

Pedagogy underpins practice in an innovative learning environment

Gavin Burn and Cathie Zelas explain their process of moving from a traditional learning environment to an innovative learning environment at Halswell School.

Developing culturally responsive practice – The benefits of whole staff PLD, online

Developing culturally responsive practice – The benefits of whole staff PLD, online

Pegasus Bay School Principal, Roger Hornblow, talks about the ways that whole-staff PLD benefited them when taking the Te Reo Puāwai course.

Building culturally responsive practice schoolwide

Building culturally responsive practice schoolwide

Pegasus Bay School principal, Roger Hornblow explains how Huakina Mai and Te Reo Puāwai helped them build culturally responsive practice schoolwide. 

Implementing iPads in school - professional development

Implementing iPads in school – professional development

Grant's Braes School principal, Chris McKinlay describes how iPads were introduced first to staff then into the classroom.

Tailoring professional learning to enhance literacy e-learning needs: A blended model

Tailoring professional learning to enhance literacy e-learning needs: A blended model

Teachers discuss tailored professional learning to enhance literacy e-learning needs using a blended model. 

Building teacher capability

Building teacher capability

Teacher Kate Friedwald explains how whole school PD at Wairakei School, based on the Teaching as Inquiry model, is being applied to ICT.

Wairakei School BYOD pilot: Next steps

Wairakei School BYOD pilot: Next steps

Wairakei school principal, Shane Buckner explains how positive feedback from teachers and parents helped the school decide to make their Year 5 and 6 classes one-to-one BYOD (iPads) and Year 3 and 4 classes optional.

Connecting to share professional learning

Connecting to share professional learning

Hear about online professional sharing space TeachMeetNZ.

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Professional Learning and Development

If you co-ordinate PLD in your school, Kura and CoL, or deliver PLD check out this site.

Coaching through feedback: A close and critical analysis

This study is part of a national professional development in literacy project in New Zealand.

Mentoring and coaching

New Zealand articles and resources collated on the Educational Leaders website.

Digital citizenship modules

As teachers and students engage with digital environments to create, communicate, collaborate, research and share information, we need to consider what it means to be a digital citizen and how to participate in a digital environment.

These self-paced modules can be used for personal or staff professional development. Each module contains different activities that include questions for reflection. These can be worked through individually or with your colleagues. The modules are designed to be flexible. Select the content that is relevant to you and your school from each of them.

The modules are designed to be flexible, so you can select the content that is relevant to you and your school from each of them.

There are four modules:

Community discussion

Participate in the online discussion on digital citizenship in the VLN .

e-Learning community discussions

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