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Education Leaders Forum focuses on revaluing education

Rotorua, 8 August, 2018 – Around 100 education leaders are meeting at the twelfth annual Education Leaders Forum: Valuing Educators & Revaluing Education in Rotorua this week.

Forum convenor Lyall Lukey, says: “Valuing educators and revaluing education are imperatives in an age of technological disruption. Teachers are more important than ever as knowledge navigators in an ocean of digital data.

“There are impending wholesale changes to New Zealand’s education system but the learning that really counts will continue to be at the retail level, with education professionals growing brains, opening minds and developing skills one learner at a time.”

Education Leaders Forum 2018 speakers

A key contributor is Toby Greany, Professor of Leadership and Innovation at the Institute of Education at University College, London and former Director of the London Centre for Leadership of Learning, UK. He will talk on aligning the intersections between education policy, practice and evidence to develop great teaching that makes a difference for student achievement.

Dr Annelies Kamp, Head of School of Educational Studies & Leadership at the University of Canterbury will also share her research and learnings on mobilising networks through networks and collaboration.

Jackie Talbot, Group Manager of Secondary-Tertiary at the Ministry of Education will speak on working together for children – collaboration between agencies involved with children and young people.

Phil Ker, CEO of Otago Polytechnic is speaking on micro-credentials, which recognise smaller yet discrete sets of skills and knowledge. Micro-credentials are enjoying a resurgence worldwide in response to employer demand for training that meets specific skill needs, especially those arising from rapid technological and societal changes.

Wayne Wright, Founder and Board Chairperson of BestStart Education and Care Centres and Chloe Wright, Chief Executive of the Wright Family Foundation will lead a conversation on foundation building in the first 1,000 days.

Other contributors include: Dr Amanda Lynn of Mandolin Associates on understanding complex human behavioural research in relation to study and work choices; Associate Professor Roberta (Bobbie) Hunter from the Institute of Education at Massey University (Albany) on raising mathematics achievement; Professor Mere Berryman from the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato on promoting a pedagogy for belonging; Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero from the Human Rights Commission on focusing on abilities; and Vaughan Rowsell the founder of Vend and OMGTech! on growing NZ’s future inventors by creating the tech future now.

Hon. Tracey Martin, Minister for Children will close the event with Kaitiaki – Government’s role as guardians for children in state care.

Mr Lukey says, “The Forum provides a valuable opportunity for education leaders across the learning spectrum to share knowledge and network with purpose. We’re looking forward to some stimulating and challenging input and dialogue over the next two days.”

Education Leaders Forum 2018 is supported by the Wright Family Foundation, the Ministry of Education, Otago Polytechnic and the University of Canterbury.

For more on the Education Leaders Forum see http://www.smartnet.co.nz/elf-2018

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