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About this series

Education is facing a number of challenges, and addressing them will require diverse, informed, and courageous thinking. The Big Ideas webinar series seeks to promote discussion on important, complex and, at times, competing ideas that are relevant to the future of New Zealand’s education system.

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This series intentionally features speakers with diverse perspectives. It is not expected that viewers will agree with all of the ideas discussed; indeed, it is highly likely that The Education Hub as an organisation will not agree with everything that is presented during the series. However, it is critical to progress that we are able to listen to ideas, to seek to understand the arguments being made, and to engage in constructive and consensus-building conversation. We hope you will join us for these thought-provoking sessions.

Webinars coming up

Understanding emotional regulation and dysregulation

COMING UP: TBC
International expert Dr Tracy Stewart will explore what is meant by emotional regulation and dysregulation, and discuss practical strategies that teachers can use to support the positive development of their students’ emotion regulation skills

An introduction to Cognitive Load Theory

COMING UP: 7.30PM WEDNESDAY AUGUST 28
Dr Greg Ashman explores what cognitive load theory is and its practical implications for teachers.

All children deserve (gender) affirmation

COMING UP: 7.30PM MONDAY AUGUST 12
Dr And Pasley will discuss why all children deserve to be affirmed for who they are and how gender affirmation might become a space where teachers and students can unpack differences in the classroom and support all children to explore how they want to be in the world

Free webinar: Māori achieving success as Māori part 2

COMING UP: 7.30PM MONDAY JULY 22
Janelle Riki-Waaka returns to help educators to positively challenge their existing beliefs and perceptions about te ao Māori, and to build deeper understanding of the best ways to work alongside Māori and enact our responsibilities to te Tiriti o Waitangi

Using Comparative Judgement to improve writing

COMING UP: 7.30PM WEDNESDAY JUNE 12
Daisy Christodoulou discusses how comparative judgement can help schools improve students’ writing.

Improving the coherence of literacy learning from ECE to Year 13

COMING UP: 7.30PM THURSDAY MAY 23
Teachers from Pupuke kāhui ako discuss their work to improve the continuity and coherence of literacy learning from early childhood education to Year 13

Teaching and leading to the North-East

COMING UP: 7.30PM TUESDAY MAY 7
Professor Russell Bishop discusses his research into how leaders and teachers can structure their practice to create quality and equitable learning for ākonga Māori and other marginalised students.

Using assessment to create an education system that learns

COMING UP: 7.30PM TUESDAY APRIL 9
Renowned assessment expert Michael Absolum (ONZM) will explore the central role assessment should play in driving learning throughout the education system and how schools and teachers can adopt these ideas into their practice

Improving writing instruction across primary and secondary school

COMING UP: 7.30PM TUESDAY MARCH 26
Teacher Jeanette Breen discusses what is most important for students to learn in their writing journey from Primary to Secondary

Understanding Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

COMING UP: 7.30PM THURSDAY MARCH 14
Kim Milne (principal advisor at FASD-CAN) discusses what FASD is, how it affects children and adolescents and what teachers and schools can do to support students with FASD

Supporting student mental health and wellbeing

COMING UP: 7.30PM TUESDAY MARCH 5
Dr Jess Stubbings shares her expertise as both a researcher and Clinical Psychologist to help teachers and schools know how they can best support student mental health and wellbeing

Building resilience to support teacher wellbeing

COMING UP: 7.30PM TUESDAY FEBRUARY 27
Dr Sarah Ferguson will share her extensive knowledge about how to promote workplace wellbeing, including providing educators with tools and strategies that help them to build their resilience and improve their wellbeing.

Deeper learning

COMING UP: DATE TBC
Professor Jal Mehta (Harvard University) will discuss what he means by the term deeper learning, why it is important, and what it can look like in different school contexts

Empowering young children with musical play and exploration

Ideas and insights for musical exploration and experiences in early childhood settings from our webinar with Greta Bull-Crossan.

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Mātauranga Māori in education

This webinar explores questions related to mātauranga Māori in education.

Unschooling and self-directed education

This webinar focuses on the concept of unschooling, an approach to self-directed education, which puts children in control of their learning.

Knowledge and curriculum: changing perspectives

This webinar explores how we position and understand the role of knowledge within education and schooling and how this links to the design, development, and implementation of the curriculum.

Indigenisation and Indigenous inclusion

Associate Professor Te Kawehau Hoskins and Professor Alison Jones discuss how taking an indigenisation approach to education might offer more hopeful possibilities for education as we continue to think about our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Principles of quality teaching and school leadership

Professor Rob Coe discusses his work developing the Great Teaching Toolkit, an evidence-based curriculum for teacher learning, plus tools and instruments to provide feedback for professional development
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