CELEBRATING LEARNING STORIES CONFERENCE 

SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER 2019
 

This year was an opportunity to explore ways in which we can use our documentation to strengthen our children’s identities as caring citizens. The outpouring of emotion that followed the 15th March demonstrated New Zealand’s capacity to care. Let us see what each of us can do in ECE and schools to deepen and strengthen a culture of kindness and empathy.  

It was so wonderful to be able to celebrate Learning Stories again this year, with such a great turnout of passionate teachers. We had so many wonderful presenters sharing the learning, many said this was the 'best conference yet'.

Just some of the feedback we have received so far this year:

As always thoroughly positive and inspiring day. There is always a spark to take away and encourage us to keep pushing our learning boundaries. Thank you for another amazing day. The emotion expressed at the end of the day was a true reflection of how this day has touched our hearts. Best value for money PD ever!

The day was amazing and interesting with different values and qualities of knowledge that I put in my bag of knowledge to instil our young children the values of love, respect and care etc

I gave 5 out of 5 to everything as it was well organised, the venue was great with lovely sights of the basin, the food great and presentations excellent. A wonderful day.

Thank you so much for an amazing conference.  It was the best one so far (This was my 4th time). The 90 minute workshops were perfect. The keynote outstanding, the way the day went couldn't have been better.  I continue to be inspired by all of ELP, you have such great hearts,  thank you for leading the way.  

What a perfect day I had. Was just right - any more and I would have been overloaded. What a great venue too. Felt super comfortable and pampered! The provided resources in the ELP Conference Pack are super useful. Big thank you!

Thank you wonderful ELP people for continuing to lead Early Childhood practices - to be cutting edge - inclusive. The passion and commitment that you implore makes us as teachers continue to strive to be the best that we can do and be.

Presentation and Learning Story examples from presenters:

Keynote Presentation from Professor Mere Berryman

Article from Workshop 7: Humanising observation in inclusion programs through Learning Stories, by Isauro M. Escamilla

Learning Story examples form Workshop 13: Pakari - Resilience

Learning Story examples from Workshop 16: Learning Story enquiry groups as a teacher coaching tool

Learning Story examples from Workshop 17: Building communities with a strong culture of kindness

Learning Story examples from Workshop 25: From the heart: Nurturing kindness and empathy in our youngest learniers, capturing the magic moments

 


Programme:

8:00-9:00am: Registration
9.00-10:00am Welcome and Keynote Presentation from Professor Mere Berryman
10:00-10:30am Morning tea
10:30-12:00pm Workshop Session One
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-2:30pm Workshop Session Two
2:30-3:30 Presentations from Emeritus Professor Margaret Carr, the ELP Team and Poroporoaki

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PROFESSOR MERE BERRYMAN
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Mere is Professor, Director of Poutama Pounamu at The University of Waikato and is on a mission to change New Zealand society for the better, starting in our classrooms. Mere is one of the country’s leading advocates for making our education system more responsive to Māori students. She aims to challenge the pervasive and historical discourses that perpetuate educational disparities for Māori students and disrupt these through school leadership and reform initiatives. In her research, Mere combines understandings from kaupapa Māori and critical theories and has published widely in this field. In 2016, she was a recipient of the New Zealand Honour, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and to Māori in education. In 2017 Mere was a NZer of the Year Finalist, where she said ‘I see myself as part of a group of people working to fix historic injustices. It has never been easy, but it is the belief of the people who walk alongside me that keeps me going.”

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LEARNING STORIES IN PRACTICE - BOOK LAUNCH

In addition to our annual conference this year we are excited also to invite you to the launch of Professor Margaret Carr and Wendy Lee's new book, 'Learning Stories in Practice'. This will take place the night before the conference, on Friday 11 October at the Waipuna Hotel. For those of you who would like to join the party and stay the night, there will be accommodation available at the venue at an extra cost.

 

 


Below are just a few of the fantastic comments we have received from our 2018 conference attendees:

'The quality of the workshops, the accessibility of the information and the presenters and the amazing keynote speakers were all so inspiring. Greatly informative and excites me to be my very ‘best self’ as a teacher and to engender that in the children and families we are privileged to work with'

'This whole day has been outstanding. I've been so impressed with the mahi our people are doing and their willingness to share. My expectations have been far exceeded. Thank you to everyone who has shared so openly - true tāonga'

'So many amazing choices given by so many passionate people! It strengthens my resolve to try harder, pursue excellence and stretch my goals in my teaching practice'

 

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