Workshops that encourage, inspire and empower

Below are a current list of workshops being advertised. We also offer in-centre workshops on a wide range of topics specifically for your team. CONTACT US now to find out more!


An ELP workshop series for 2019

Don Rowlands Events Centre, Mighty River Domain, Lake Karapiro, Cambridge

"Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi
Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work” 


This series of workshops will support teachers to unpack Te Whāriki 2017.  We have broken the series down into mornings where you have the opportunity to attend two workshops on each date.  Over the year we will be covering many of the new ideas within Te Whāriki, one small bite size at a time.  If you have missed the February and May workshops it's not too late to enrol for the final two events.

Two workshops will be repeated over two sessions on the following dates:

Assessment, planning and evaluation

Pathways to school and local curriculum


Session one: 9:00am-10:45am
Session two: 11:15am-1:00pm

Cost: $90.00 per event

Saturday 17 August with Michelle Flower and Tania Bullick:


Workshop One: Te Whāriki: Designing Our Curriculum
Presented by Michelle Flower

Building complexity and continuity using learning stories, planning stories and evaluation. In this workshop we will be looking at planning for individual children as well as for groups of children. We will look at Planning Stories or Stories of Interest that draw together Learning Stories, teacher reflection and intentions, community involvement, child, parent and whānau voice. They enable us to break through the chains of the old ways of planning and build a community of learners.

Workshop Two: Meaningful Evaluation through Inquiry Research
Presented by Tania Bullick

Te Whariki writes “The purpose of evaluation is to enable systematic improvement in the ECE setting.” Educational Leadership Project encourages teams of teachers to carry out evaluation that is meaningful and useful through inquiry that weaves together assessment, planning and individual teacher inquiry that starts and ends with children and their learning. 

Lorraine Sands writes " It seems to me that Internal Evaluation is what thinking teachers do every day. In effect it is ʻthe road weʼre travellingʼ as we focus on aspects of our practice that we want to understand and grow. A process, in fact, that enables us to clarify our thoughts and articulate our learning and teaching; not as teachers working alone but as a cohesive teaching and learning team, able to unpack what our vision means in practice and articulate our ‘local curriculum’” 

This workshop offers examples of how teams of teachers have worked with inquiry research as internal evaluation to work smarter, not harder while providing meaningful vehicle for change and improvement. 

Saturday 2 November with Carol Marks and Lynn Rupe:

Workshop One: Pathways to school
Presented by Carol Marks

Te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngahere;
te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga nōna te ao.

The bird who partakes of the miro berry owns the forest; the bird who partakes of education owns the world. As we weave our local curriculum based on strands and principles we also include the nurturing of relationships between the schooling sector so children can expect to experience joined-up transitions between settings. Unpacking the connections between Te Whāriki, The New Zealand School Curriculum and Te Marautanga.

Workshop Two: The Expert Weaver
Presented by Lynn Rupe

Te Whāriki 2017 says, “the expert weaver will examine the foundations for planning and technique. If these are sound, the quality will be seen on the face-up side.” During this workshop we will delve into Te Whāriki 2017 and consider what you would weave into your local curriculum to create an whāriki worthy of an expert weaver. What does Te Whāriki 2017 inspire you to weave?

During the workshop you will have the opportunity to think about your local curriculum and decide was is valuable for children’s learning. Also you will ask yourself the question what makes an expert weaver? At the end of the workshop you will have a woven whāriki representing the foundations of learning for children - foundations that will support children for lifelong learning

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