Creating, using and disseminating quality teaching materials in schools

Nina Hood

Talk to Education Hub report launch: ‘On Knowledge: Towards understandings of place(s), space(s) and role(s) of knowledge in and for education’.

Dr Jenny Ritchie, Victoria University of Wellington   Congratulations to Nina and the other contributors to this report. In our busy lives it is so very useful to take time to reflect on such important questions as to our understandings regarding our roles as educators, and our understandings of the places, spaces and roles of …

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Moving beyond the binary; why focusing on skills versus knowledge is the wrong discussion

The Education Hub recently released a report, On Knowledge, which explores to contested place and role of knowledge in education. The report responds, in part, to the ongoing debate in New Zealand, and elsewhere around the world, between skills and knowledge in education. Those on the skills side of the debate suggest that schools need …

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The Quest for Scale; The Holy Grail of education reform?

Nina Hood The quest to achieve innovation and improvement at scale could be considered the holy grail of education reform, with governments and increasingly donor-funded initiatives, aspiring to achieve sustained, systemic innovation and improvement that reaches every student, in every classroom, in every school in New Zealand. Despite a strong desire for achieving scale, there …

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Building a system’s capacity to improve: what does it take?

Nina Hood In The Education Hub’s recently released report, The Quest for Scale: achieving system-wide innovation and improvement in education, we present a new paradigm for achieving system-wide achievement and change in education in New Zealand, networked improvement. Network improvement rejects the traditional one-size fits all, programatic approach to scale, in favor of a focus …

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The power of student mindsets and direct instruction and why neither is uniformly informing the practice of NZ teachers

With the new school year now started many teachers and schools are thinking about how they best can support and promote student learning. A recent report by McKinsey and Company (a global, management consultancy firm) may offer some answers. The report analysed data from the 2015 PISA survey, which assessed half a million students across …

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Musings on the role of adults, instructional leadership, content and struggle in our schools

I recently read Eva Moskowitz’s autobiography The Education of Eva Moskowitz, which explores her journey to founding Success Academy, one of New York City’s most successful charter networks. In the epilogue, Moskowitz outlines a number of principles that she believes should define education. They make an interesting list. And while I don’t agree with all …

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Taking ‘scientific storytellers’ on the road

When a free, professional development programme for high school teachers is still going strong after five years, you know you’ve got a successful formula. Biology teachers from around New Zealand are hearing the latest thinking and research from renowned academics with benefits for both their teaching and students’ grades. The initiative, supported by the Maurice Wilkins …

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Creating, using and disseminating quality teaching materials in schools

I recently visited a charter management organisation (CMO) in the US, where the central office team had developed all of the teaching materials – unit plans, lesson plans, teaching materials and lesson activities – for teachers, across their more than 40 schools, to use. Over the course of several years these materials have been trialled …

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