The Ministry of Education, teacher unions and other education organisations will collaborate this week for this year's Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) School Wide conference.
The conference will run from August 13 to 15 at Auckland’s Sky City convention centre. With the theme 'Kiwi classrooms and corridors, the story continues' the conference will be led by PPTA this year. It is a collective bid by groups such as PPTA, NZEI, NZAIMS, NZPF, the Ministry of Education and the School Trustees Association to create a supportive environment in schools that discourages negative behaviour.
Among the key note speakers is Dr George Sugai, an international behaviour specialist who has provided advice to President Obama. Dr Sugai will speak about classroom behaviour management and behaviour support.
He will be joined by Dr Lucille Eber from Illinois who will speak about how schools can support students by partnering with mental health providers and Northland principal Mina Pomare-Peita who will talk about how positive behaviour works for Maori students.
The three days of professional development will look at issues such as bullying prevention and will have a particularly New Zealand focus with restorative practise being brought into the framework for the first time.
Minister of Education Hekia Parata will present the results of an evaluation of the PB4L programme which shows the positive impact it has already had in schools.
PPTA president Angela Roberts said the conference has sold out for the first time.
“We have reached capacity because there is such a demand for this way of working together,” she said.
The full programme can be found here http://pb4lconference.co.nz/programme/.