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Instigating sprints to support transformational change and innovation in schools

Change is the new black Educational change is inevitable and it’s all the rage (although some may argue with the second half of that sentence). A rapidly evolving and turbulent world, our growing understanding of the nature of learning and, in New Zealand, the need to change how our education system performs so that Māori

Why UDL is valuable

“Without a systematic way to interrupt current practice in the classroom the impact of these barriers is repeatedly faced by each generation without significant forward motion to break the cycle once & for all.” Bae, S., Ofiesh, N. S., Blackorby, J. (2018) @chrissiebutler CORE Education CC BY NC 4.0 Enables equity in education “Providing high quality education is

Spiral of Inquiry: It’s a new year, should we start again?

  Teaching as Inquiry: where teachers inquire into their practice and use evidence to make decisions about ways to change that practice for the benefit of the learners.   A common question that comes from collaborative inquiry teams at this time of year is: Should we start again? A better question to ask would be:

It’s better to be on the bus than on the road!

“If you feel overwhelmed and confused by the global predicament, you are on the right track. Global processes have become too complicated for any single person to understand. How then can you know the truth about the world, and avoid falling victim to propaganda and misinformation?” Yuval Noah Harari, introduction to part IV of 21

Summer Holiday Reading 2018/19

We have made it to the end of another busy year! The Kiwi summer break provides an excellent opportunity to relax, refresh and prepare for the new year ahead. If you need something to read over the break, look no further! CORE’s Knowledge Curator Paula Eskett has once again collected book reviews from across the

The School that Story built

The stories that circulate in and around a school paint a picture of the school’s culture and values, heroes and enemies, good points and bad, animating the actions and intentions of leaders, teachers, students, whānau and community. By creating and sharing our stories, we define “who we are”. Our identity is intricately woven into the

“If you don’t lead with small data, you’ll be led by Big Data”

Derek Wenmoth reflects on Pasi Sahlberg’s uLearn18 keynote address. The keynote address by renowned Finnish academic and author, Pasi Sahlberg on day two of the uLearn18 conference may best be summed up as providing a warning and a call to action. While many in the audience were expecting to hear stories of how progressive the

Preparing the next generation for the algorithmic age

James Hopkins summarises Mike Walsh’s uLearn18 keynote address and interviews Mike. What does the future mean to the education industry? Futurists tend to get a bad wrap because they often make technological predictions. Mike Walsh argues that successfully predicting the future is more about paying attention to people, not the technology in their lives. While in

Tō reo ki te raki, tō mana ki te whenua

Hohepa Isaac-Sharland reflects on Hana O’Regan’s uLearn18 keynote. ‘Tō reo ki te raki, tō mana ki te whenua’ Let your story be heard in the heavens, and your mana be restored to the land (2018, O’Regan) Kia piki taku rau huia ki ngā tihi tapu o taku pae a Tararua, e rere whakarunga ki te ūpoko

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