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12 top tips to make the most of the new PLD system

The world of Professional Learning and Development (PLD) is changing dramatically – signalling a really exciting opportunity for schools. The Ministry of Education will no longer contract providers to deliver set programmes and allocate schools to those programmes. Instead, each school or CoL will determine the areas they need to focus...

On the road with a Leadership Advisor

Since the beginning of term two this year I have been privileged to work as the Leadership Advisor for beginning principals in the Bay of Plenty region. I am really enjoying this opportunity and over a series of blog posts will outline the type of work I am doing, the role I am fulfilling with the principals in my region and other interesting...

Getting to the heart of the vision – leading the why and the how

Working in two separate schools this week led me to pondering how leaders find a balance between the “why” and the “how”. It is great to have a vision but the real challenge is bringing the vision into fruition. Earlier in the week I was working with a senior leadership team around their approach to appraisal. These...

Ramping up in the wait…

I live in Auckland and in my work as a facilitator I have the exquisite pleasure of waiting in traffic while on my way to schools. A typical morning for me is a 6:30am queue at Greville Rd on-ramp, crawling for 30 minutes to get onto the motorway, watching the muesli eaters, texters and make up appliers . I am continually intrigued: the...

Celebrating leaders who foster learner agency in the adults they lead

Schools are increasingly focused on placing their learners at the centre. And there is plenty of research that tell us this is a very good thing! Teams are reflecting on the roles of ‘teacher’ and ‘learner’ and inquiring into the ways they keep learners at the centre. They’re asking questions such as:...

Māori achieving success as Māori – what’s your community’s vision?

The vision of Ka Hikitia is that Māori learners enjoy education success as Māori. While many schools have recognised that this vision is important and worthy of attention, success as Māori has proved an enigmatic notion for many schools. What does it mean, to enjoy success as Māori? What does it look like and how would we know if...

Collaborative, evaluative inquiry for school improvement in literacy

Where to start? What and how much do we need? Questions schools are asking about Literacy support. For many years, I have been working closely with school leaders and teachers to support them as they undertake school improvement in literacy practices. For most schools since 2010, this PLD has been spearheaded by their national standards...

A fantastic opportunity to learn more about principalship

During the October term break, over 200 beginning principals gathered in Auckland with the Evaluation Associates leadership team and invited keynote speakers for the 2017 Beginning Principals National Hui. The hui organising committee was led by Geoff Childs with the support of six Leadership Advisors from around New Zealand....

Reflections from Kelly Bicknell, Principal of Galatea School

Introduction from Danny Nicholls, Leadership Advisor to beginning principals in Bay of Plenty/Waiariki I’m delighted to introduce this blog post by Kelly Bicknell, Principal of Galatea School in the Bay of Plenty. I‘ve been working with Kelly since her appointment to the role in Term Two 2017. We have worked collaboratively on...

Newly certificated teacher on your staff?

Many new teachers are taking their first steps into their professional life as a teacher. It can be a scary but exhilarating time for these newly qualified teachers. For the schools they have joined, there is a heightened need to ensure the best support and guidance is in place for these new teachers. Inducting a newly qualified teacher not...

School stories of support for established principals

Evaluation Associates is providing specific support for established principals as part of the Leadership Advisor contract with the Ministry of Education. We've spoken with three principals who have been supported by our team. Their stories below reflect the ways in which we can walk alongside established principals. Vignette One The...

What next for appraisal

Over the past week, we have fielded several calls and emails about appraisal, mostly as a result of the Teaching Council’s correspondence clarifying their expectations about appraisal. If you haven’t seen this, then you can check out the clarification on their website and read their FAQs. Evaluation Associates has been asked...

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