Talking Matters: what teachers need to know about language and responsive relationships

8:00pm, 27 February, 2019 / Webinar
Emma Quigan from Talking Matters will join us to talk about what they have learned from their research with mothers and their children about babies’ exposure to language. Through trials with Learning Environment (LENA) vests, which record all the language a baby is exposed to in the course of a day and provides data on it, Talking Matters is helping parents learn how to increase the quality and quantity of language they share with their children.

Rotorua Event: Embedding Teaching as Inquiry in your school

4:00pm, 26 February, 2019 / Rotorua Primary School, 1249 Arawa Street, Rotorua
This seminar will give teachers and school leaders the opportunity to learn about the importance of teaching as inquiry as well as providing practical strategies and ideas to support an understanding of how teaching as inquiry can be effectively implemented in schools. Professor Graeme Aitken and Associate Professor Claire Sinnema, from The University of Auckland, developed the Teaching as Inquiry model in the New Zealand Curriculum and have a wealth of knowledge and experience working with schools on developing inquiry practices. They will be joined by Alison Taylor, Deputy Principal at Pakuranga College, who will discuss her school’s journey to embed teaching as inquiry into the practice and mindset of their teachers. Alison’s presentation will also offer practical steps and resources that other schools can use in their own teaching as inquiry journeys.

Using Data and Evidence to Improve Your Practice

4:30pm, 6 March, 2019 / J2 Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland, 74 Epsom Avenue
This seminar will provide teachers and school leaders with practical understandings of how they can collect and use a range of data and evidence to improve their practice. Dr Aaron Wilson from The University of Auckland has a wealth of experience working with schools on data and evidence use. In this seminar, he will explain and provide practical strategies for how teachers and school leaders can use data to understand their students’ learning and development, to measure desired outcomes beyond just literacy and numeracy, and to continually improve their practice.

Christchurch event: Embedding Teaching as Inquiry in your school

4:00pm, 13 March, 2019 / Te Moana/Copper Top room, between Rehua and C-block lecture theatres, University of Canterbury
This seminar will give teachers and school leaders the opportunity to learn about the importance of teaching as inquiry as well as providing practical strategies and ideas to support an understanding of how teaching as inquiry can be effectively implemented in schools. Professor Graeme Aitken and Associate Professor Claire Sinemma, from The University of Auckland, developed the Teaching as Inquiry model in the New Zealand Curriculum and have a wealth of knowledge and experience working with schools on developing inquiry practices. They will be joined by Alison Taylor, Deputy Principal at Pakuranga College, who will discuss her school’s journey to embed teaching as inquiry into the practice and mindset of their teachers. Alison’s presentation will also offer practical steps and resources that other schools can use in their own teaching as inquiry journeys.

Webinar: How you can use data to support teaching as inquiry

4:30pm, 12 March, 2019 / Online via Zoom
This interactive webinar will explore how teachers can use data as part of teaching as inquiry. The webinar, hosted by Bright Spots winner Darcy Fawcett, will provide practical advice and strategies that teachers can employ to support both the collection and analysis of data to help improve their teaching practice. There will be opportunities to ask questions throughout this webinar.

Webinar: How data can be used to support schools in your Kahui Ako

4:30pm, 3 April, 2019 / Online via Zoom
This interactive webinar is particularly aimed at teachers in Kahui Ako leadership roles. The webinar will explore how data can be used to support activity across a Kahui Ako, and how Kahui Ako leaders can utilise data to support improvement in schools. There will be opportunities to ask questions throughout this webinar.

We currently offer 4 types of events:

Seminars: researchers discuss their research specifically for a teacher audience, offering rich insights together with practical ideas and strategies

Educator Q+As: for teachers, by teachers. Expert teachers share how they are applying particular research in their teaching practice and offer practical strategies and resources

Learning circles: provide teachers with the opportunity to delve deeper into the research, and to discuss particular research findings and reports with each other, and guided by an expert facilitator

Report launches: we aim to release two research reports each year. Each release will have an accompanying event, which will delve into the main themes and implications of the report.