Connect Week
Week 5, Term 3, 2021
23rd - 26th August

Connect Week is a chance for teachers to attend a short professional development session of their choice and to connect with teachers from other schools.  Principals have agreed to limit other school meetings that week so that the PLD session should replace something else, rather than add to workload.

Registration is essential for these workshops.  You may register for as many workshops as you like. 

Monday 23rd August 2021

All sessions run for one hour, beginning promptly at 3:45pm.

Anxiety in the Classroom

Facilitators:

Rebekah Ballagh and Simon Goodwin

Venue: 

Waimea College Staffroom

Simon and Rebekah, both experienced youth and school counsellors, will be sharing theory and tools around working with anxiety and dysregulation in the classroom. This will include: the power of breath, how the brain and nervous system interact, how to promote sensory regulation, and strategies for applying these ideas in a school context. Rebekah will also be sharing resources from her internationally recognised Journey to Wellness resources and gifting her newest resource, the Calm Kit, to all attendees.

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ASD including ASD and Girls

Facilitator:

Kelvin Hardaker, Janita Numa (Pediatric Autism Co-ordinator, Child Development Services,) Gera Verheul (Autism NZ – Outreach Coordinator) 

Venue:

Waimea College Library

Workshop will include background updates on autism, ADOS assessments and genetic micro array testing. 

A look at girls and autism and how it may present differently. Workshop will include theory and strategies for supporting girls with ASD.

Supports available including the journey to a diagnosis

Junior Sharing / Discussion Group Literacy and Numeracy Years 1-4

Facilitator:

Glenda Earle

Brightwater School

Venue:

Garin College Library

This is an opportunity for teachers in the year 1-4 space to get together to discuss aspects of their teaching and learning, resources to share.  

Please come along ready to share something that is working for you and your students.  

If you have a particular topic / question / focus please email glenda@brightwater.school.nz

Te Reo - 101 - Basic classroom language for any level of the curriculum.

Facilitators:

Tania Alesana

Waimea Intermediate

Rowena Hart

Waimea College

Venue:

Waimea Intermediate Staffroom

Come along and learn some tips and tricks for integrating some basic Te Reo Māori into your classroom practice.

 

This will cover karakia, simple mihi, feelings, instructions and commands and some simple games to play with your class.

Lego Therapeutic Group Intervention

Facilitator:

Melanie Savill and Fran Beullens.

Venue: 

Room 17 Richmond Primary School

We are offering a hands on introduction to Brick Building / Using Lego to support students with social interactions and develop communication skills, an evidence based therapy.
This model coaches group participants to work as a team, using LEGO in a structured way to achieve an outcome together as a group. Research has also shown the skills learned in the group naturally transfer well to other settings.

The session will give teachers an idea of how Brick Building sessions would look in a school setting.

Resources to ‘take away’ will be emailed to the Kahui Ako organizer to share with kaiako having attended the workshop and would be sufficient to begin to and continue to run Lego Group once a week. 

Target audience – all ages

Tuesday 24th August 2021

All sessions run for one hour, beginning promptly at 3:45pm.

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#makeanimpact - Coherent Pathways

Facilitator:

Keryn Hooker 

ImpactED

Venue:

Richmond Primary School

Room 17

Coherent Pathways are an integral part of developing your local curriculum, with an emphasis on learning clarity.
This session is an introduction to Coherent Pathways… what they are, how they impact teaching & learning and how to go about it.

Suitable for Years 0 - 10

#makeanimpact - Maths

Facilitator:

Jackie Brown

ImpactED

Venue:

Richmond Primary School Library

There are a lot of mixed messages out there about Maths at the moment. Come along to have a discussion about what is really important in Maths.

Suitable for Years 1-13

#makeanimpact - Minecraft

Facilitators:

Wilj Dekkers 

ImpactED

Venue:

Richmond Primary School Room 5

Minecraft Education Edition builds on the creative capabilities of the original game. With built-in curriculum based lessons, an unparalleled level of creative freedom and coding in Block, Javascript and Python, Minecraft:EE has a lot to offer for both teachers and students. Join me to learn more. 

Suitable for Years 4-10

Local Curriculum - Iwi Perspective

Facilitator:

Joanie Wilson

(MoE)

Venue:

Waimea College Staffroom

SLT and curriculum leaders are welcome to listen to Joanie Carew from the local Ministry of Education talk about the progress iwi in Te Tauihu have made towards publishing local pūrakau and resources. What impact will this mahi have on kura and localised curriculum planning?

Pause Breath Smile Taster, Mindfulness, Neuroscience

Facilitator:

Janel Atlas

Venue:

Garin College Library

Pause Breathe Smile aligns nicely with a school’s health and wellbeing curriculum. Schools develop the key competencies while meeting curriculum achievement objectives in Health, Social Sciences and Science learning areas. Pause Breathe Smile develops positive mind health skills that will support young people to be confident and connected, actively involved, life-long learners.

A resource that is now funded up to Year 8. 

PB4L

Facilitators:

Paul Johnston

Venue:

Waimea Intermediate Staffroom

Enhancing strategies for creating and maintaining a positive classroom  to support engagement, participation and learning. A chance to unpack a resource you already have available to you but not widely used.

Structured Literacy Discussion/ Focus Group 

Facilitator:

Sarah Etchells, Sue Fallow (RTLB)

Venue: 

Waimea Intermediate Library

Structured Literacy approaches emphasize highly explicit and systematic teaching of all important components of literacy.
This workshop will be a facilitated discussion for teachers presently using a structured literacy approach in the early years and those keen to begin this journey . It will be a chance to discuss how it looks for you and to share resources.
 
Sarah and Sue will also share information from the MOE funded Better Start Literacy Approach project which they are part of. Both are trained facilitators and will bring a depth of knowledge to share.
 
Target Audience - Primary teachers on the SL journey.

Wellbeing

Facilitator:

Mike Ness

(MoE)

Venue: 

Waimea Intermediate Science Room

Well-being matters to us as individuals and to those we care for.  It has become a ubiquitous term. This presentation aims to offer some introductory insights into this developing area of psychology and how we might think about taking good care of ourselves.  The presentation also draws on how we experience trauma to help to inform how we might best support the well-being of ourselves and others.  Time permitting the presentation also considers the question of our happiness.

Wednesday 25th August 2021

All sessions run for one hour, beginning promptly at 3:45pm.

Learn how to engage Generation Z students - in particular Māori students and whanau - in future focussed education.  Janelle will share what works, based on relevant research and also through the story of her own son in the NZ education system.

Computational Thinking is becoming an increasingly important skill in our increasingly digital world.  At school computational thinking plays a part in the NZC in both Digital Technologies and Mathematics.

This workshop will give an overview of computational thinking in the Digital Technologies curriculum and how this integrates with Mathematics.

Teachers of all levels welcome.  Classroom based content will be most useful for teachers over transition points  of Years 5-10.

Local Curriculum

Facilitator:

Nadia Lowden

(MoE)

Venue: 

Waimea College Staffroom

What does ‘Local Curriculum’ mean and what does /could it look like in your school? 
This interactive workshop will offer plenty of opportunities for talking and sharing practice between schools to identify what is currently happening within your school and possible next steps to strength your Local Curriculum. 
There will also be an update on work happening with the refresh of the New Zealand Curriculum. 

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Facilitator:

Kirsty Griffiths

Venue: 

Richmond School Library

This will be a general overview of what Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is. How alcohol affects the brain, what this means for the person exposed and how they can be supported within their educational setting. 
 
It will be suitable for anyone wanting information in this area of neurodiversity, from those working in ECE to Secondary settings. 

Incredible Years Refresher for Teachers

Facilitator:

Fiona Young

Dan Haynes

Venue:

Richmond School Room 17

This workshop is aimed at Primary teachers who have previously completed the Incredible Years for Teachers course.

This is a chance to revisit the strategies which are part of the IYT pyramid. There will be time and space to reflect on the present behaviours in your class with a particular focus on developing your own IYT behaviour plan for a student or student(s) you work with. There will be time to reflect and problem solve with colleagues and you will leave with a workable plan which you can implement in the classroom. 

Ka Hikitia

Facilitators:

Jaques Munro

(MoE)

Venue:

Garin College Library

This workshop sets out to provide an overview of the refreshed Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo documents released in 2020. These documents underpin Aotearoa New Zealand’s 30-year education vision and objectives and sit at the heart of the Ministry’s wellbeing approach. They set out the strategic direction for Māori education and Māori language in education respectively and the actions that need to be taken across the Ministry, education agencies and the sector.

Learn how to engage Generation Z students - in particular Māori students and whanau - in future focussed education.  Janelle will share what works, based on relevant research and also through the story of her own son in the NZ education system.

Designing a High Quality Localised Curriculum

Facilitator:

Sivina Jacobs

Venue: 

Waimea Intermediate Staffroom

1:30-3:00 pm

Who is our curriculum designed for?
How does our curriculum support a student’s well-being?
How well do we incorporate local iwi, hapu knowledge into our curriculum?
What resources can we utilise across our communities?

Learning Support Delivery Model

Facilitator:

Robyn McLeary-Hooper (Manager Learning Support, MoE) 

Venue: 

TBC

Learning supports are now provided to schools under a new model. All schools are expected to be operating in a manner consistent with this model. What does this mean for your school? How do Learning Support Co-ordinators (LSC) fit in? How can my school show that we have implemented this model? How do we best position ourselves for future tranches of LSC distribution? Robyn McLeary-Hooper (Manager Learning Support, MoE) will take you through the model and the implications of current access to learning supports through exploring these questions.

Re-engage your Students

Facilitator:

Jeff Lockhart

Venue: 

Waimea Intermediate Library

You know the ones! They are pushing back, or not attending and are at risk of not having positive outcomes in education.
This workshop would suit teachers at all levels, but particularly years 7 and up.
This presentation and workshop will focus on developing ideas and programmes to positively re-engage young people.
Discuss flexible ways to  positively re-engage students
Investigate a planning framework to support individuals or groups
Outline programmes that  have worked.
What next for you?

Te Tiriti Workshop

Facilitator:

Helen Watson / Ron Kelly

Venue:

Waimea College Library

Giving practical effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi:
- Why are there different visions of Te Tiriti |the Treaty?
- Te Tiriti Articles and how they relate to education.
- Personal Experience in Education
- Taking action

Culturally Responsive Practice

Facilitators:

Sivina Jacobs

Venue:

Waimea Intermediate Staff Room

Who is our curriculum designed for?
How does our curriculum support a student’s well-being?
How well do we incorporate local iwi, hapu knowledge into our curriculum?
What resources can we utilise across our communities?

Thursday 26th August 2021

All sessions run for one hour, beginning promptly at 3:45pm.

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Aotearoa Histories

Facilitator:

Nadia Lowden (MOE Curriculum Lead)

Paula Campbell (Waimea Kahui AST, History teacher)

Venue:

Waimea College Staffroom

The aim of this workshop is to begin a collaborative approach to developing the Aotearoa Histories curriculum in our Kahui. This first meeting will be focused on discussing the language of the (draft) curriculum, planning an approach and sharing some of the great mahi we already do. Nadia will inform us of resources, updates and what to expect next from the Ministry.

Demystifying Assessment Practices

Facilitator:

Derek Lucic

MoE

Venue:

Waimea Intermediate Staffroom

- What do the rules say?
Guiding requirements incl NELP.

- How can we frame our assessment approach?
Introducing Diagnose, Intervention, Evaluation model.

- What is our current state in English and Maths as a nation?
Findings English & mathematics achievement and progress.

- Why bother with PaCT?
Introduction to Curriculum Progress Tools (CPT)  ie Learning Progression Frameworks (LPF) and Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT)

Discussion Group Literacy and Numeracy

Years 5-8

Facilitators:

Glenda Earle

Venue:

Waimea Intermediate Library

This is an opportunity for teachers in year 5-8 to get together to discuss aspects of their teaching and learning, resources to share.  Please come along ready to share something that is working for you and your students.  If you have a particular topic / question / focus that you would like to share please email glenda@brightwater.school.nz

 

Suitable for Years 4-10

Teacher Tools to Support Well-Being

Facilitator:

Sean Bailey

Venue: 

Waimea Intermediate Science Room

Sean Bailey has been fortunate to be involved in education for 25 years. Since 2011, he has led two successful and diverse primary schools in Ōtautahi | Canterbury.

One area Sean is passionate about is working with people around self-improvement, especially getting clear around their purpose in an organisation and the strategies they can implement in order to go from ‘good to great’. He uses his rich experiences as well as his knowledge around well-being to inspire and motivate others.

Whakatu Marae Visit

Facilitator:

Tom Alesana

Local Iwi

Sivina Jacobs

Director, Taimarino Ltd

Venue:

Whakatu Marae, Nelson

Full day workshop, at Whakatu Marae, 9am-3pm.

Listen to some local pūrakau that are depicted in the wharenui at Whakatū Marae and use these as motivation to work collaboratively with others to plan activities relating to these stories.

Cost: $80 Please check with the relevant person at your school that the cost and release is able to be covered before registering for this course