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By Rachel Bolstad

Yes, education was on the agenda, and there were some positive developments.

Date posted: 15 November 2021

By Rachel Bolstad

With so much Covid news coming at us every day, the Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) may not be high on many educators’ radar. You might be asking: 

  • What is the ERP?  

  • Why do I need to learn another acronym? 

Date posted: 1 November 2021

Here's an opinion piece by one of our Senior Researchers Dr Mohamed Alansari entitled ‘In defence of the future’. The piece is motivated by but not a response to ‘In defence of science’ and opines about the importance of the nation reflecting on free speech and thought leadership in relation to schooling.

Read rest of post: In defence of the future
Date posted: 2 August 2021

Are our school students learning what they need to know and be able to do? Are they being taught in ways that motivate them to learn and do the hard yards when things are challenging?  What support do teachers and school leaders need so that we can answer yes to these questions?

Date posted: 30 September 2020

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.  

Date posted: 20 May 2020

“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.

Date posted: 26 February 2020

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.

Date posted: 28 January 2020

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]

Date posted: 21 November 2019