EARLY CHILDHOOD SYMPOSIUM

A FREE EVENT FOR WAIKATO TEACHERS

SATURDAY 23 JUNE 2018, 9:00am-4:00pm

SOUTHWELL SCHOOL, HAMILTON

SPONSORED BY THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

Please note we were inundated with registrations for this event and all spaces have now been filled.

A full day of fabulous workshops, keynote presentations and networking, providing a feast of inspiration for Waikato teachers.

The Early Childhood Symposium will provide, through a range of inspirational Keynote Speakers and Workshops, opportunities for teachers to further develop strategies to strengthen the provision of quality early education for all Waikato learners.

The event is fully funded by the Ministry of Education and spaces are limited so book your spot now!      

 

                                                           

Keynote Speakers

Waikato-Tainui Education Strategy

Ko te Mana Maatauranga;  kia tupu,  kia hua,  kia puaawai.      

During an extensive period of consultation, Waikato-Tainui tribal members were able to articulate in their own words what educational aspirations and success was for them.    Ko te Mana Maatauranga is a result of this  engagement process and embodies the hopes,  dreams and aspirations of the tribe. It is an education plan that seeks to uplift our people and empower  them to pursue meaningful pathways, be  committed to kiingitanga, grounded in our  tikanga, fluent in our reo and connected to  our marae and whakapapa.

Into the third year of implementation,  Raewyn will share the journey that Waikato-Tainui has undertaken to realise the inter-generational vision:  Whakatupuranga 2050,  as an influencer,  as a connector and as a provider.  

Raewyn Mahara
With over twenty years’ experience in the education field, Raewyn was appointed as the General Manager, Education and Pathways for Waikato-Tainui in 2017 after serving as the Education Advisor for Waikato-Tainui since March 2014. Raewyn has been responsible for leading the development and implementation of the Waikato-Tainui Education Plan over the past three years. With a committed, focussed approach to building capacity and capability in our tribal members, Raewyn is excited about working with a strong and passionate team to drive key education.

 


Colouring in the white spaces:  Cultural identity matters

A secure cultural identity develops in a school when the environment and the “ecosystem” of the school support that development, provide opportunities for learning, practising, and normalising cultural values, and embed these in teacher and school practice. When we talk about educational success “as Māori”, what does this actually mean and how do our institutionalised practices and solutions actually work against this goal?  Ann will describe Kia Aroha College’s practice to support academic and cultural learning to develop “Warrior-Scholars” through a Critical, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy of Whānau.  Ann challenges us to find and reflect on the White spaces in our own thinking and practice and to actively work towards changing them.

Dr Anne Milne
Dr Ann Milne is the former principal of Kia Aroha College, a special-character, bilingual, secondary school in Otara, South Auckland.  As a Pākehā educator, Ann is a strong critic of pervasive, deficit-driven explanations of “achievement gaps” and Māori and Pasifika “under-achievement.”  She led the Kia Aroha College community’s almost 30 year journey to resist and reject school environments which alienate Māori and Pasifika learners, to develop a critical, culturally sustaining learning approach centred on students' identities "as Māori", "as Samoan" - as who they are first.  Her book, Colouring in the White Spaces: Reclaiming Cultural Identity in Whitestream Schools, was published in 2016 by Peter Lang (New York). In 2015 Ann was the recipient of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation’s prestigious “Service with Distinction” Award, which recognises “outstanding service to education in New Zealand.” Ann is also the recipient of several national research awards and scholarships.

 

 

Raewyn Mahara
General Manager, Education and Pathways, Waikato-Tainui

 

 

 

 

Dr Ann Milne
 Ann Milne Education
 

Programme:

 8:15am - 9:00am Registration
 9:00am - 9:15am Welcome by the Ministry of Education
 9:15am - 10:00am

Waikato Tainui Education Strategy
Raewyn Mahara, General Manager, Education and Pathways

 10:00am - 10:25am Morning tea
 10:25am - 12:10pm                             Workshop Session One - attendees to choose one workshop from the Session One options below    
 12:10pm - 1:10pm Lunch
 1:10pm - 2:55pm Workshop Session Two - attendees to choose one workshop from the Session Two options below
 2:55pm - 3:10pm Afternoon break
 3:10pm - 4:10pm

Colouring in the white spaces: Cultural identity matters
Presented by Ann Milne PhD

4:10pm - 4:30pm Poroporoaki

 

Please note we were inundated with registrations for this event and all spaces have now been filled.

Workshop options - Session ONE:

Attendees are required to pick one workshop option from each session.

WORKSHOP 1: Problem solving, conflict resolution and issue raising for teachers in early childhood (repeated in Session Two) - ALL SPACES FULL

This workshop is for those who want to ponder differing ways of thinking about conflict and problem solving. These strategies work whether you are a manager, a teacher or an owner. Most people that work in early childhood identify that conflict resolution and problem solving are their worst set of skills and, in some cases, actively avoid conflict by pretending it’s not happening. They have not as yet seen the possibilities within the solution-focused end of this mahi. David uses humour but also direct language to explore this kaupapa. Come along, have a laugh and reflect away.

David Spraggs
David's passion is in providing professional development for like minded spirits. He currently works with Gisborne Kindergarten Association as a senior teacher as well as providing professional development around the motu. David is married with 4 children and has been working in ECE for the past 36 years.


 

 

David Spraggs
 ECE teacher/ Consultant

WORKSHOP 2: Learning through nature in the early years - ALL SPACES FULL

This workshop will look at how children can learn through nature, develop a love for the environment and take responsibility for caring for our future. We will look at a variety of age groups and working both in and outside the centre gates. This workshop will cater to a variety of knowledge levels and facilitate discussion between colleagues on ideas.

Tim Bennett
Tim is a Hamilton raised early childhood teacher. He trained 10 years ago and has been teaching in various settings since then in Hamilton, Auckland, and London. Tim has a passion for sustainable practices and incorporating scientific learning into everyday experiences.
Throughout the years Tim has been involved in several research projects about nature based education, conversation analysis, digital technology, and assessment practice in ECE. Tim now works at Campus Creche at the Waikato University as the Head teacher of the Kauri centre (ages 3-5). Creche believes that every child has the right to quality education and experiences that help them to become confident, competent, socially collaborative, and inquisitive learners.


 

 

Tim Bennett
Campus Creche, University of Waikato

WORKSHOP 3: Using the code of professional responsibility and standards for the teaching profession in your setting (repeated in Session Two) - ALL SPACES FULL 

In this interactive session, you will work with Our Code, Our Standards and explore how you can use them with your colleagues. Ways to centre your appraisal around your goals or inquiry using Our Standards will also be explained. If you have not attended an Education Council workshop on the Code and Standards, this is an ideal opportunity for you to catch up with that learning.

Chris Thornley
Christina Thornley is from the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. She leads the Council’s Strengthening Appraisal project. She has a strong interest in understanding how inquiry based can positively influence outcomes of well-being, learning and achievement for children and teachers. Chris was previously involved in professional development, inquiry and teacher research projects. 

Bridgit Williams
Bridgit Williams has been a facilitator and mentor since 2008, previously with EC Professional Support at the University of Auckland. She led the team of professional learning facilitators at EC Professional Support from 2012 until the team was disestablished in early 2015. Over the years Bridgit has supported a diverse range of centres and organisations to improve and enhance teacher capabilities with a view to improving learning outcomes for children. Bridgit mentors and appraises fully certificated professional leaders. Bridgit is a skilled facilitator and a qualified, fully certificated early childhood teacher with a diverse range of experiences in the early childhood sector, having taught in private and community based centres, as well as in the role of early intervention teacher and hospital play specialist.

Bridgit believes effective leadership and ongoing professional learning are key to improving quality in early childhood education. She completed her Masters degree, looking specifically at the induction and mentoring of ECE teachers, in early 2015. Her professional interests and specialities include effective leadership and communication, inclusive teaching practice, intentional teaching and implementing authentic curriculum. Bridgit was involved in writing and piloting the Standards for the Teaching Profession and inspirED ECE have worked alongside the Education Council for five years to strengthen appraisal across New Zealand through the provision of professional learning. 


 

 

Chris Thornley
Lead Advisor, Innovation and Collaboration, Education Council

Bridgit Williams
Director, InspirED ECE

WORKSHOP 4: Learning Stories: An opportunity to work smarter, not harder! - ALL SPACES FULL

Wendy's session will explore the power of learning stories as a tool for documenting children's learning in a way that is meaningful, do-able, fun, inclusive and that makes a difference. Wendy believes assessment practice has the capability to not only improve learning opportunities for children but to potentially change the culture of early childhood centres and communities. Assessment can contribute powerfully to the reciprocal relationships that make up a community in an early childhood setting, enticing children, families and teachers into collaborative relationships that enrich teaching as learning journeys.

The demands of the early childhood teacher continue to expand, creating tensions within early childhood philosophy and practice. Wendy will explore how Learning Stories can provide robust, documented evidence of teaching and learning outcomes in order to meet a range of requirements in ECE. At the same time Learning Stories can be interesting and accessible to children, teachers and families and they, can play a valuable role in strengthening learning communities, encompassing children, teachers and families. 

This workshop will illustrate and demonstrate how Learning Stories can:

  • Make learning visible
  • Strengthen relationships
  • Build the identity of the learner
  • Engage the family
  • Support transitions 
  • Evolve into Planning Stories
  • Contribute to Accountability
  • Grow a Community of Learners
  • Embed Self Review or Action Research
  • Integrate Professional Learning
  • Support Teachers Registration
  • Provide opportunities for Appraisal
  • Provide opportunities for all to contribute

Bring your positive energy and creative thoughts to openly consider the priorities for your pedagogical documentation and how Learning Stories can help meet these. All questions and issues are welcomed!!

Wendy Lee
Wendy is the Director of the Educational Leadership Project Ltd. She has been involved in the early childhood education (ECE) field over the last 45 years as a teacher, tutor, lecturer, manager, professional development facilitator and researcher. She now leads the Educational Leadership Project Ltd., which provides professional learning for the ECE sector in New Zealand.

Over the past two decades, Wendy has collaborated with Professor Margaret Carr at Waikato University on a number of research projects. She was co-director of the National Early Childhood Assessment and Learning Exemplar Project that developed the ‘Kei Tua o te Pae’ books on assessment of learning in the New Zealand early childhood sector.

Wendy has a deep interest in curriculum, advocacy and leadership issues in early childhood education and is highly enthusiastic about the power of documentation via Learning Stories to strengthen the learner an cultural identity of children and to make visible to the wider community the learning that occurs in the ECE sector. Wendy is committed to the right of all children, parents and whānau to access high quality early childhood education. In particular, she is passionate about the importance of the outdoors for all children and the critical importance of a strong professional teaching community in the ECE sector.


 

  Wendy Lee
Director, ELP

WORKSHOP 5: Power and potential of children’s questions and wonderings - ALL SPACES FULL

This workshop will draw on findings from a Masters thesis research project, to highlight the power and potential of children’s questions and wonderings, to foster a participatory teaching and learning environment. Utilising the local community, democratic/shared leadership and child agency will be some of the topics explored during this workshop.

Linda Baxendine
Linda Baxendine has been an early childhood educator for the past 20 years, most recently teaching in Ngaruawahia. She is particularly interested in how teachers, parents and children utilise their community to weave their own local curriculum. Linda presently works for the Ministry of Education as an Education Adviser.


 

 

Linda Baxendine
ECE Senior Advisor, MoE

WORKSHOP 6: How well do you know me? An introduction to Te Whatu Pōkeka - ALL SPACES FULL

This  introductory workshop  will  enlighten participants  on  Whatu  Pōkeka,  the  Kaupapa Māori  Assessment  framework.  It  will  empower those  working  with  tamariki  Māori  to  look deeper  into  their  learning  and  assessment.

Lucy Southon - Ngai Tuhoe, Kaiako, Te Puna Reo o Te Kōhao. 
Lucy has 
20 years experience in Māori Immersion ECE and Kura

Te Mania Gabel – Ngā Puhi, Kaiako, Te Puna Reo o Te Kōhao.
Te Mania has 13 years experience in Māori Immersion ECE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Lucy Southon
Te Kohao Kohungahunga

Te Mania Gabel
Te Kohao Kohungahunga

WORKSHOP 7: Using effective internal evaluation to improve outcomes for children (repeated in Session Two)

This workshop will draw on the recent ERO publication Effective Internal Evaluation for Improvement.  It will provide an overview of the resource and give participants the opportunity to explore implications for evaluating their local curriculum in the context of Te Whāriki (2017).  

 

 

 

 


 

 


Patricia Davey
Education Review Office

 

WORKSHOP 8: Exploring Identity and the local curriculum - ALL SPACES FULL

We are going to take you on a spiritual journey to explore Identity and local curriculum.
What does Identity mean to you? To what extent can we create and environment that values identity and is meaningfully woven throughout our centres? We will share our Identity inquiry with you and hope you take away valuable knowledge, resources and practices to help you on your centres Identity journey.
 
Nat Keogh - kaiarahi Kaiako and Nickie Mackwood - kai whakahaere
Nickie and Nat are passionate educators from Rainbow Cottage in the seaside town of Whangamata. Nickie is the kaiwhakahaere and Nat is the kaiarahi kaiako of Rainbow Cottage. With combined experience of over 25 years, they have a wealth of knowledge and passion to share.  Their Rainbow Cottage journey has ignited an innate passion for raising tamariki who are at one with taiao. Our centre culture is ultimately underpinned by whanaungatanga and kindness.
   
Nat Keogh and Nickie Mackwood

Rainbow Cottage

 

Workshop Options - Session TWO:

Attendees are required to pick one workshop option from each session. 

WORKSHOP 9: Problem solving, conflict resolution and issue raising for teachers in early childhood (repeated from Session One) - ALL SPACES FULL

This workshop is for those who want to ponder differing ways of thinking about conflict and problem solving. These strategies work whether you are a manager, a teacher or an owner. Most people that work in early childhood identify that conflict resolution and problem solving are their worst set of skills and, in some cases, actively avoid conflict by pretending it’s not happening. They have not as yet seen the possibilities within the solution-focused end of this mahi. David uses humour but also direct language to explore this kaupapa. Come along, have a laugh and reflect away.

David Spraggs
David's passion is in providing professional development for like minded spirits. He currently works with Gisborne Kindergarten Association as a senior teacher as well as providing professional development around the motu. David is married with 4 children and has been working in ECE for the past 36 years.


 

 

David Spraggs
 
ECE teacher/ Consultant

WORKSHOP 10: Using the code of professional responsibility and standards for the teaching profession in your setting (repeated from Session One) - ALL SPACES FULL

In this interactive session, you will work with Our Code, Our Standards and explore how you can use them with your colleagues. Ways to centre your appraisal around your goals or inquiry using Our Standards will also be explained. If you have not attended an Education Council workshop on the Code and Standards, this is an ideal opportunity for you to catch up with that learning.

Chris Thornley
Christina Thornley is from the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. She leads the Council’s Strengthening Appraisal project. She has a strong interest in understanding how inquiry based can positively influence outcomes of well-being, learning and achievement for children and teachers. Chris was previously involved in professional development, inquiry and teacher research projects. 

Bridgit Williams
Bridgit Williams has been a facilitator and mentor since 2008, previously with EC Professional Support at the University of Auckland. She led the team of professional learning facilitators at EC Professional Support from 2012 until the team was disestablished in early 2015. Over the years Bridgit has supported a diverse range of centres and organisations to improve and enhance teacher capabilities with a view to improving learning outcomes for children. Bridgit mentors and appraises fully certificated professional leaders. Bridgit is a skilled facilitator and a qualified, fully certificated early childhood teacher with a diverse range of experiences in the early childhood sector, having taught in private and community based centres, as well as in the role of early intervention teacher and hospital play specialist. 

Bridgit believes effective leadership and ongoing professional learning are key to improving quality in early childhood education. She completed her Masters degree, looking specifically at the induction and mentoring of ECE teachers, in early 2015. Her professional interests and specialities include effective leadership and communication, inclusive teaching practice, intentional teaching and implementing authentic curriculum. Bridgit was involved in writing and piloting the Standards for the Teaching Profession and inspirED ECE have worked alongside the Education Council for five years to strengthen appraisal across New Zealand through the provision of professional learning. 


 

 

Chris Thornley
Lead Advisor, Innovation and Collaboration, Education Council

Bridgit Williams
Director, InspirED ECE

WORKSHOP 11: Planning: Why is it important to engage children in authentic learning?  ALL SPACES FULL

The story of how this workshop came about…in conversations with teaching teams, some are finding the process of planning for children’s learning a real minefield. 

So, reflecting on the learning possibilities of this workshop… let’s explore how through the narratives of children’s play, learning stories, how teachers can collaborate and plan to strengthen children’s learning pathways.  When the interests of children are incorporated into the curriculum children are more likely to engage in a wide range of experiences.  Kolbe (2005) highlights the extent to which investigations ‘nurture children’s imagination and spirit and their potential as morally aware, critically thinking citizens’.

What do we know now that we didn’t know before about… making children’s learning visible and accessible in a community of learners, provides opportunities for children and teachers to revisit and reflect on their experiences and learning.  To add another layer to this, what could be the possibilities and directions our planning could take if we were to value the contributions of family/whanau and the wider community.

Michelle Flower
Michelle has 22 years of teaching experience across a broad range of early childhood settings including Playcentre, home-based care, and community based early learning centres. Michelle recently joined the ELP team as a Professional Learning Facilitator, coming from 13 years in a Centre Manager role at a successful setting in Hamilton. Michelle values the individual strengths of all teachers within a team, she believes we are growing and learning alongside the children, and that relationships are the foundation of all learning.


 

 


Michelle Flower
Professional Learning Facilitator, ELP

WORKSHOP 12: The importance of the relationships with parents, and all key stakeholders of our learning environment

This workshop will focus on the importance of relationships with all key stakeholders of our learning environment, and how positive relationships can lead to improved learning outcomes for children. I will discuss practical ways in which we have developed our relationships and ways in which we are helping both of our learners (Mother and Child), capturing the special moments, and strengthening the identity of the mother and child. These relationships are especially important for our infants and toddlers and, if established well, will carry on throughout their time with us.

Melanie McFarlane
Mel is a married mother of five, with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Victoria University of Wellington, as well as Graduate Diploma's in both Primary Education and Early Childhood Education from the University of Waikato and Bethlehem Tertiary Institute respectively.

Mel is passionate about children's learning in the early years and believes that children learn best through play, encouraging children to think for themselves, challenging themselves, and exploring their environment without adult fears interfering, but always with a mind to safety and facilitating further learning.

Mel is the Centre Manager of Campus Creche @ Fraser which is attached to He Puāwai, one of only two teen parent units in the greater Waikato area. He Puāwai has been operating at Fraser High School since 2004 offering young parents a unique opportunity for completing their high school education while coping with the challenges of parenting.


 

  Melanie McFarlane
Campus Creche @ Fraser

WORKSHOP 13: Te wairua o te tamaiti: Using a Matauranga Māori perspective on assessments - ALL SPACES FULL

In this workshop, participants will get an insight into using a Matauranga Māori perspective when assessing tamariki learning and development. Using Māori values and principles to guide the way you teach and assess a tamaiti during their interactions with peers and kaiako. Go beyond what your eyes witness to strengthen and deepen your korero when analyzing tamaiti learning experiences. Allow yourself to be vulnerable, to feel the wairua of the tamaiti during assessment writing. 

Taskeen Thebus                                                     
Ko Tafelberg te maunga
Ko Indian me te Atlantic nga moana
Ko Cravenby te iwi
Ko Kaapstad te hapū
Ko Āwherika ki te Tonga ahau
Ko Kirikiriroa e noho ana
Ko Junade tōku hoa rangatira
Ko Taskeen Thebus tōku ingoa

Casey Rudkin                                                            
Panguru te maunga
Ko Hokianga te moana
Ko Te Rarawa te iwi
Ko Ngai Tupoto te hapū
Ko Waimirirangi te marae
Ko Rutene tõku hoa rangatira
Ko Caitlin, Hineraukura rātou ko Mahinepua āku tamariki
Ko Casey Rudkin tōku ingoa

 

 

 

 


 

  Taskeen Thebus
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
Raroera Te Puāwai


Casey Rudkin
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
Raroera Te Puāwai

 

WORKSHOP 14: Growing social competence - ALL SPACES FULL

Te Whāriki’s aspiration for children in Aotearoa New Zealand is to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.  This workshop will unpack this statement, look at both ancient indigenous wisdom alongside contemporary evidenced-based science and offer practical examples and solutions to see this statement come to fruition for each and every child.  

Tania Bullick
Tania Bullick has been working with Educational Leadership Project as a Professional Learning Facilitator since January 2013. Previous to that she taught in Kindergartens in the Waikato since 1990 after training at what was then ‘Hamilton Teachers College’.  In 2005, she upgraded her qualification to a degree through the University of Waikato.  She has a strong social justice and democracy focus to her work and regards whanaungatanga as key.  She has recently completed a course at the Greater Good Science Centre Summer Institute for Educators at UC Berkeley to learn about Social and Emotional learning in California.


 

  Tania Bullick
Professional Learning Facilitator, ELP

WORKSHOP 15: Using effective internal evaluation to improve outcomes for children (repeated from Session One)

This workshop will draw on the recent ERO publication Effective Internal Evaluation for Improvement.  It will provide an overview of the resource and give participants the opportunity to explore implications for evaluating their local curriculum in the context of Te Whāriki (2017).

 

 

 

 


 

 
Patricia Davey
Education Review Office

WORKSHOP 16: Culture and Identity - ALL SPACES FULL

Jackie Tamaki - Ngati Hikairo, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngati Kahungunu me Ngati Kahungunu ki Heretaunga.  Jackie has a Bachelor of Education/ Diploma of Teaching, Postgraduate Diploma Of Education and a degree in Māori Performing arts
 

Hera Pouaka - Waikato me Tūhoe
Hera has a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood.

 

  Jackie Tamaki
Te Kohao Kohungahunga

Hera Pouaka
Te Kohao Kohungahunga

 

 

 Please note we were inundated with registrations for this event and all spaces have now been filled.