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Celebrating Learning Stories Conference 2017

Thank you to all who attended our Conference on Saturday 14 October - what a fantastic event!  We were absolutely thrilled by the engagement and participation shown by all attendees and presenters.

This year we celebrated the transformational power of Learning Stories through fabulous and engaging presenters, including Professor Margaret Carr and guest presenters from the USA.  This was an opportunity for teachers to be inspired by others, to let their mind inquire, and imagine the potential for the future of their practice!

Just some of the wonderful feedback from this year's attendees:

'I found this conference one of the best I have attended. Certainly value for money and really informative with great workshops. Would highly recommend :)'

'...a day full of inspiration and passion! So much food for thought that will provide great reflective discussions.... I can't wait for next years conference'

'Very impressed with the way the day was organised. Very interesting and rekindled a passion for new directions of writing Learning Stories. Just what I needed to stretch my own practice'

'The conference was very well organised. Everything was done in a timely manner. The speakers were very motivational and had great ideas on teaching and learning. The food was delicious and there was plenty of it! Thank you'

'Very inspiring, especially from the keynote speakers. Good selection of workhsops. It was very emotional to hear what Annie, Annette and Leslie shared about their journeys of using Learning Stories as an assessment tool in the States! 'Learning Stories are a living document, meaningful to the child and their families'!'

'A fabulous day. Well worth the trip over the ditch. It has been a beautiful "Retreat" for me to draw closer to my history as a kiwi teacher. See you next year!'

 


 

Keynote Presentations 

Does a Learning Story qualify as a wise assessment?

Presented by Professor Margaret Carr 

This presentation will explore the proposition that we would like teachers to become more wise about the ways in which they assess  children’s learning - and children to become more wise about their learning journeys. Many of the ideas for this topic arise from discussions with early childhood teachers during a research project, led by Margaret and Wendy, entitled ‘Learning Wisdom’.  We canvassed the notion of ‘wise teaching’,  and the data we built on came from the teachers recording their conversations with the children as they revisited their Learning Stories. Conversations with those teachers, together with relevant literature and the examples from practice, enabled us to explore the ways in which an assessment practice that uses Learning Stories might be described as wise practice, and a Learning Story might be described as a wise assessment.

(click here for more info)


Humanising Assessment in the USA - Learning Stories: relationship-driven work in a data-driven world. 

With visiting presenters from the USA: Dr Annie WhiteAnnette Muse and Leslie Voss

Educators in the USA are drowning in meaningless, time consuming child assessments practices. Teachers are yearning for change and seeking a more authentic assessment approach to make children’s learning visible. A collaborative effort to transform California early childhood assessment practices, using Learning Stories, has initiated a new paradigm shift for California teachers and early education programs.

(click here for more info)


Workshops

Please see below for details of this year's inspiring workshop options. Click HERE to download all workshop information for printing.

Session One, 10:15-11:45am: 

Key Elements of a Learning Story

Kim Hope, ELP

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Connection: the beating heart

that drives learning

Teachers from Greerton ECC

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Connecting the extraordinary

and the ordinary

Sue Fahey, Nelson Tasman Kindergartens

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Apologies, Sue is unable to provide

Learning Story examples due to their
sensitive nature

Partnerships in Action

Kelly Abraham & Rebecca Thompson,

Barnardos

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Learning Story example 1

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Using Learning Stories to Capture 

the Spirit of the Outdoors

Wendy Lee, ELP

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How do we understand children

through Maori literacy?

Central Kids Putauaki

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Continuity of Learning: 

Past, Present and Future

Kathryn Delany, ELP

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Capturing the Learning: 

A Primary School Perspective

Tara O’Neill, Haeata Community Campus

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Learning Story example 1

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Session Two, 12:30-2:00pm:

Whānau co-authoring a Learning

Brenda Soutar and Leanne Clayton

Mana Tamariki 

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 Infants & Toddlers: Capturing the

Scientist within

Anita Homewood, ELP

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Using traditional wisdom in a

modern world

Lynn Rupe, ELP

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A bicultural journey

Waiau Pa team & Tania Bullick, ELP

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Teachers Registration and Learning 

Stories: A partnership made

in heaven

Marianne MacPherson, ELP

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Do your Learning Stories make a

difference to children’s identities?

Lorraine Sands, ELP

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Learning Story example 1

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Acquiring Whānau Voice the

Enjoyable and Authentic way!

Bridget Chapman, Educare Kensington 

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Intergenerational Learning:

Our journey of discovery

Central Kids Laughton Kindergarten Team

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Session Three, 2:15-3:45pm:

Hitting the ground running

Jo Colbert, Chelsea Kindergarten

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Children Assessing their Learning

Marianne MacPherson, ELP

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A Stitch in Time

Julie Killick, Chelsea Kindergarten

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Infants & Toddlers: Natural Born

Leaders

Anita Homewood, ELP

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Documenting Shared  Experiences 

- Collaborative Community Stories

Roskill South teaching team

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Learning Story example 1

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A bicultural journey

Tania Bullick, ELP

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Keeping a view of learning as

complex

Carol Marks, ELP

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From grit to goals: risk and 

challenge is a mindset

Carol, Pat and Sarah,

Mangere Bridge Kindergarten

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