It will be a great chance to hear the latest experts such as John O’Neill, Martin Thrupp, Warwick Elley, and the chance to discuss your own concerns at the Teacher Forum – and all for FREE.
The Teacher Forum is focusing on Investing in Success (IES) and, to my mind, is not to be missed. Many well informed people are attending, including Liz Horgan of St Joseph’s, Otahuhu, who will discuss how a group of principals have joined forces to form the CONCERNED NZ PRINCIPALS GROUP because of serious concerns around IES plans.
You can attend any or all of the forum, so do feel free to drop in even if you have only one speaker you really want to hear. (But truly, you should stay for more than one session – it’s not often you get to hear from all of these people first hand and for free.)
WHEN: Saturday 26 April 2014, from 10am.
WHERE: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland
COST: FREE to all
10:00 Bill Courtney
Welcome and Overview
10:15 John O’Neill
Treasury Business Process Theory and the Assessment of Teacher Quality
The major research paper, “The Assessment of Teacher Quality” was released late last year by the Massey Education Policy Response Group, led by Ivan Snook. EPRG member, John O’Neill, will give an overview of this major paper, containing a wealth of information on many topics relevant to current discussions: the Treasury Business Process policy agenda; assessing teacher effectiveness; Value Added Measurement; and High Stakes Assessment of teachers.
10:45 Teacher Forum
“Investing in Educational Success” – the NZ Government initiative.
What are the potential positives and what are the concerns around the NZ Government proposal to create a new set of positions for principals and teachers? QPEC’s initial position was set out in a release issued in January. Martin Thrupp has also released a personal statement and Warwick Elley has had an op-ed published in the NZ Herald.
Liz Horgan of St Joseph’s, Otahuhu, will discuss the CONCERNED NZ PRINCIPALS GROUP’s views.
Representatives from PPTA and NZEI present different perspectives on how these new positions could impact on schools and teachers.
11:15 Martin Thrupp
National Standards and RAINS: where to now?
Martin’s 3-year case study of six individual schools has now concluded. He presents an overview of his findings and gives an update on other developments, including further publication of NS achievement data last year.
11:45 Warwick Elley
What Can PISA tell us about NCEA and National Standards?
Warwick has been a concerned critic of standards-based assessment for many years. He has analysed the recent PISA 2012 results and he has a stark warning: “As professionals, teachers are charged to give highest priority to the needs of their students. If we persist with these ill-starred standards-based schemes, we will surely be neglecting those needs. As a nation, too, we are now heavily involved in a race to the bottom.”
12:15 Bill Courtney
Charter Schools: What’s The Buzz?
The first five charter schools have now opened. Bill gives a quick update on current issues that have arisen so far, including details of the funding given to each school, which has received a great deal of media attention. Applications for the next round of allocations closed on 11 March.
12:45 General Discussion – Other Sectors
LUNCH BREAK 1.15-2.00
2.00 Dianne Khan
Using Social Media to Disseminate Information & Encourage Involvement
Dianne has joined QPEC during the past year. Dianne publishes her own website, Save Our Schools NZ, and she is also one of the regular contributors to The Daily Blog. Dianne will talk about her website and using social media to stimulate interest in the site.
2:30-3.00 QPEC AGM
Please note that the QPEC AGM 2.30-3.00 is members only.