Unions disappointed at new charter schools
Two new charter schools have been approved for Maori students in Rotorua and Taupo to the dismay of teacher unions.
More teacher training needed to realise te reo Maori goal
Primary and secondary school teacher unions have applauded the Green Party for its commitment to teaching te reo Māori to every New Zealand child but say more investment into teacher training and professional development is needed to realise the vision.
Sister schools: why are they are important?
This year 10 Kiwi schools received funding to strengthen their China sister school relationships. Education Review looks at how these relationships were formed, how they have been nurtured, and the value they bring to the schools and their wider communities.
Little diplomats in action
JUDE BARBACK talks to Oropi School principal Andrew King about the Little Diplomats programme, which has helped its students to build their intercultural competencies and the school to build its relationship with its sister school in China.
Are our school leavers Asia-ready?
A new report from the Asia New Zealand Foundation reveals that fewer school leavers think Asia-related skills and knowledge are important – a trend that experts describe as “alarming”.
Should we assess students’ international competencies?
Growing good global citizens is becoming an increasingly important focus for schools. But how do schools know if they’re hitting the mark? JUDE BARBACK looks at the many ways in which schools are encouraging their students to be internationally capable and the scope for measuring this.
Building bridges and opening doors
CHRIS HENDERSON believes global competencies are the foundations for our future.
The big debate: should te reo be compulsory in our schools?
JUDE BARBACK looks at the arguments for and against making te reo Māori compulsory in New Zealand schools.
How Macs are improving opportunities for Māori leaders
LIZ HAWES discusses how the Ministry of Education, the New Zealand Principals’ Federation and Te Akatea, the Māori Principals’ Association have worked together to develop a professional learning development programme for teachers of Māori learners.
A quiet but noisy revolution in the language classroom
DR ROSEMARY ERLAM discusses the shift in teaching languages to the internationally recognised, task-based language teaching approach and how New Zealand language teachers can use this approach effectively.
Taking Kiwi culture to the world
Education Review talks to Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard and Scott Wilson, two New Zealand Fulbright Scholars currently in the United States teaching about their cultural passions of Maori art and New Zealand cinema respectively.
From Southland to Santa Rosa
KEITH FERGUSON talks to Education Review about his South American adventure.
Next on the agenda for ESOL
MARTY PILOTT outlines the tentative plans for the allocation of the delivery of ESOL to the 700 new places announced in the 2011 budget.
Education Review asks Japanese teacher DEBRA ATKIN about her experience in Japan.
Behind the Blogs
GUY MANCE kept two blogs to share the personal and educational realms of his experience teaching abroad in Belgium. Education Review meets the man behind the blogs, and his family.
The seeds of success
Education Review looks at a new study that focuses on the characteristics of successful Māori secondary school students