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Our education system responded to COVID-19. How will it respond to climate change?

Our education system responded to COVID-19. How will it respond to climate change?

It remains to be seen how the COVID-19 response will change the education system. It is timely to consider how education might respond to another major threat to our collective wellbeing— climate change.  Rachel Bolstad, Senior Researcher introduces our latest findings on climate change and sustainability in schools. 

We’ve experienced significant disruptions to schools, businesses, and everyday life as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We’ve seen people and systems adapt quickly to a highly unusual situation. Schools, whānau, and education sector organisations across Aotearoa have mobilised resources, thought creatively, worked collaboratively, and responded compassionately to make things work.  

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“I wish I’d known that when I was teaching maths"

Teresa Maguire, Researcher/Resource Developer,  writes about working on the recent Insights for Teachers NMSSA Mathematics and Statistics 2018 report. 

“I wish I’d known that when I was teaching" is something I said to myself several times while I was working on the latest Insights for Teachers report. The National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) released the Mathematics and Statistics Insights for Teachers report this month. The report is designed to support the teaching of mathematics and statistics in primary and intermediate classrooms.

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The overall evaluative conclusion as an element of evaluation practice

The overall evaluative conclusion as an element of evaluation practice

Jo MacDonald is a Senior Researcher at NZCER. Here she introduces her article recently published in Evaluation Matters—He Take Tō Te Aromatawai. 

This article started life as a literature review I completed as the final paper in the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science Evaluation Research at Massey University. As a busy researcher and evaluator, “doing” evaluation doesn’t leave much time for “thinking” about evaluation, and even less time for “writing” about evaluation.

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A good time for the new research-informed Educational Leadership Capabilities

A good time for the new research-informed Educational Leadership Capabilities

Chief Researcher Cathy Wylie shares her key points from her presentation at the NZARE conference about the Teaching Council's Educational Leadership Capabilities Framework, within the context of the Government's Response to the Tomorrow's Schools Independent Taskforce final report.

This week at the NZ Association for Educational Researchers (NZARE) annual conference I spoke about the Educational Leadership Capability Framework that provides a backbone for the Leadership Strategy launched last year by the then Education, now Teaching Council. [See the presentation to download below]

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NZCER National Survey of schools - 30 years on

NZCER National Survey of schools - 30 years on

Dr. Linda Bonne reflects on 30 years of the NZCER National Survey of schools, as the Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce’s review report is soon to be released.

Dr. Linda Bonne reflects on 30 years of the NZCER National Survey of schools, as the Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce’s review report is soon to be released.

A big thank you to everyone who completed a National Survey this year. We really appreciate the time principals, teachers, trustees, and parents spend responding to the surveys to share their views.

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PATs - doing what you've always done in term four?

Blog post: testing questions for term four

Cathie Johnson's blog posts poses some questions about testing in term four.

At this time of year I’m remembering the questions we used to have in our school about the PATs - ‘Term 4 is coming up  - what week shall we do the PATs  in?’  ‘Have we got enough Test 3s for the Year 5s?’  ‘When’s the BOT report due - we need to have it sorted by then?’.  You know those conversations I’m sure.

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