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Advisory Group on Early Learning consultation


You are invited to take part in an online consultation to share your thoughts on current teaching practice and curriculum implementation for children from birth to eight years of age. 

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, tēnā koutou katoa.

Kei te karanga atu ki ngā hau e whā, ki te hunga e whakaaro nui ana, e mahi ana ki ā tātou tamariki mokopuna me ō rātou whānau puta noa i Aotearoa. Ahakoa te momo wāhi e akoakotia ana, me whaiwāhi mai koutou ki tēnei kaupapa.
Talofa lava, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Taloha ni, Faka’alofa lahi atu, Bula vinaka. 

The Advisory Group is seeking online submissions to get your thoughts on current teaching practice and curriculum implementation for children from birth to eight years of age.

The Advisory Group is especially interested in hearing the views of school practitioners.

Please encourage your networks and other colleagues who might be interested in contributing to the work of the Advisory Group on Early Learning to respond.

This consultation will close on Tuesday 7 April 2015. It is available in English and Te Reo Māori.

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/advisorygrouponearlylearning

Te Reo Māori: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/advisorygrouponearlylearningtr

Thank you for contributing to this mahi.

Kei te hiahia mātou ki te rongo i ō whakaaro.  Kia kaha rā.


Connected Learning Advisory - Te Ara Whītiki


The Ministry's new Connected Learning Advisory -Te Ara Whītiki is now available for state and state-integrated schools/kura seeking expert help integrating digital technologies with learning.

Schools/kura are invited to to use the Connected Learning Advisory service and can find out more via www.connectedlearning.org.nz in Enabling e-Learning on TKI. Complete the online form or ring the advisory phone line (0800 700 400) during business hours. Information is also available about the service in te reo Māori.

Dyslexia Advocacy Week.

Dyslexia Advocacy Week:16 – 22 March


A key focus of Dyslexia Advocacy Week 2015 is on improving the dyslexic students' experiences and achievements in New Zealand classrooms. The inclusive education guide on dyslexia and learning provides strategies to support students with dyslexia as well as whole-class strategies that benefit all students.

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Help shape the future of NZC Online: User survey


We invite you to take part in a short online survey to help guide the ongoing development of NZC Online. We hope you can spare a few minutes to offer feedback and share your ideas.

Erin Temu.

New story – Values education and community partnership


The entire community of Pomaria School have worked together to identify and agree on a set of values that they believe are important. This film describes how the values were developed and how they are sustained. Schools can use the ideas in this film to support their own values teaching in response to the needs of their students and communities.

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Anzac Day resource page


This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign. You can use this Anzac Day resource page to help plan learning activities around this significant national day. The page offers a rich array of classroom ideas and links to resources to support students to gain insights into the First World War.

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Engaging with Māori Learners: a survey to help shape how we access, share and build knowledge together


This survey is for New Zealand schools. By completing it you'll be assisting the Ministry of Education to consider how best to share online content with schools and their families, whānau, hapū, and iwi communities, when relating to the vision of the Māori Education strategy Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017, ‘Māori enjoying and achieving education success as Māori’.

The vision and guiding principles about this goal are described here

The survey should take between 5-10 minutes to complete and presents 17 mostly multi-choice questions. There are also boxes where you can add comments. Your responses will remain anonymous and will be used to inform a set of recommendations for the Ministry to consider.

Please note that the survey closes on 16 March 2015

Thank you in advance for your help — it is much appreciated.