There is an array of upcoming events and new research and publications to tell you about in this newsletter. We've also added a special section on assessment updates.
The 2014 Margaret M Blackwell Travel Fellowship has been awarded to Sarah Moore, a hospital play specialist at Starship Children's Hospital. She will use the grant to investigate the application of a method known as Snoezelen to support hospitalised children and their families manage transitions between home and hospital, within the hospital and the transition from hospital to home.
The fellowship, worth $16,000, enables early childhood education practitioners to travel to study a particular topic.
We are continuing to consult on the development of a National Strategy for Māori achievement for adult literacy and numeracy. If you missed out on the first consultation round in February, you are welcome to attend two further hui:
Wellington, 6 March from 10-1pm, at Te Wharewaka (by Te Papa)
Auckland, 10 March from 10-1pm, at Te Noho Kotahitanga marae at the UNITEC campus
For more details on these hui please contact Rachael Kearns@nzcer.org.nz
The Beeby fellowship for 2014-2015 has been awarded to Jesse Pirini (pictured). Mr Pirini, Ngati Tūwharetoa, Whakatohea, wants to help schools, community groups and iwi offer tutoring to students who need it. He will use the grant to create a resource to help communities develop and sustain their own tutoring programmes.
The Beeby fellowship is a joint initiative between NZCER and the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and is worth $30,000.