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Last updated 26 February 2014 09:33 by NZTecAdmin
Please note: The workshops outlined on this page have already occurred.

Please review our current offerings.

Overview: Four half-day workshops designed to provide support to tutors, managers and practitioners with the skills to support and develop Pasifika students’ literacy and numeracy skills. These workshops draw on Pasifika conceptualisations of literacy for success as Pasifika in Aotearoa New Zealand.  One full day workshop of the Assessment Tool: Writing is also on offer. Reference to the Assessment Tool is the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool.

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Day One


Workshop 1: Moving learners forward

Interpreting the Assessment Tool results to inform the effective use of literacy strategies

Audience: This workshop is suitable for educators who have limited experience with the Assessment Tool and are seeking to maximise Pasifika learners’ literacy skills.

Fee: Free

Description: You will learn how to interpret Assessment Tool results to inform your practice. The focus will be on reading and you will expand your range of ‘Knowing What to Do’ to improve reading skills.

The Assessment Tool provides rich information regarding the literacy and numeracy skills of their learners. This workshop informs a range of assessment-related practices including, strategies to engage Pasifika learners with the assessment process, skills and knowledge to interpret and use assessment results to inform practice, and practical strategies to develop Pasifika learners’ literacy skills. This workshop links the ‘Three Knowings’, (Knowing the Demands, Knowing the Learner and Knowing What To Do) and is supported with an online community - all with a Pasifika twist.

Intended outcomes:

  • Focused specific strategy development for teaching reading
  • Increased confidence in using Assessment Tool results to inform practice
  • Improved understanding of working effectively with Pasifika students
  • Improved digital literacy skills through post-workshop online discussion and exchange

Workshop 2: Right time/right place

Utilising formative assessment to enhance Pasifika learners’ numeracy skills

Audience: New and experienced educators seeking to enhance their teaching of numeracy effectiveness through formative assessment skills. 

Fee: Free

Description: You will improve your numeracy teaching by using formative assessment activities. This workshop will equip you to become more competent in 'Know What To Do' to address numeracy demands.

Formative assessment has been described as one of the most powerful tools in an educator’s tool box.   Educators who develop formative assessment skills are better able to identify learner strengths and needs in order to provide pivotal feedback and direction to learners at the moment it is needed.  This workshop covers three vital aspects of formative assessment – defining and broadcasting success criteria, engineering effective classroom discussions, questions and learning tasks, and providing feedback to learners.  This workshop emphasises all ‘Three Knowings’, (Knowing the Demands, Knowing the Learner, and Knowing What to Do) and is supported with an online community.  

Intended outcomes:

  • Improved teaching of numeracy skills
  • Expanded educator tool box with formative assessment techniques for improving numeracy outcomes.
  • Improved understanding of working effectively with Pasifika students
  • Improved educator digital literacy skills through post-workshop online discussion and exchange

 

Day Two


Workshop 3: Making assessment count

Effective use of Assessment Tool results to maximise learning

Audience: This workshop is suitable for educators with existing experience with the Assessment Tool reports who are seeking to enhance their knowledge regarding interpreting Assessment Tool results and using the results to inform embedded numeracy practice.

Fee: Free

Description: You will learn how to become more skilful in knowing how to address numeracy demands. The focus is the numeracy assessment and you will be given more practice in teaching numeracy.

This workshop develops educators’ skills around utilising the information identified in the individual learner reports.  The workshop will develop educators’ understandings of the links between the results and the Learning Progression framework and have a clear focus on informing practical strategies to develop learners’ areas of numeracy. Participants will be encouraged to contribute more regularly to the online community.

Intended outcomes:

  • Increased range of strategies for teaching numeracy
  • Increased educator confidence and competence in utilising practical strategies for embedded numeracy
  • Improved understanding of working effectively with Pasifika students
  • Improved educator digital literacy skills through on-going online discussion and exchange.

Workshop 4: Cultivating success!

Utilising advanced formative assessment strategies to enhance Pasifika learners’ literacy skills

Audience: Educators seeking to further develop their teaching of literacy and formative assessment strategies.

Fee: Free

Description: You will learn how to maximise your literacy teaching through formative assessment activities. The content of this workshop includes reading, writing, speaking and listening.

This workshop builds on Day One’s Workshop 2 formative assessment workshop (although attendance not necessary) by broadening educators repertoire of strategies.  Formative assessment has been described as one of the most effective skills an educator possesses.  Therefore honing and sharpening ones’ formative assessment skills is pivotal for educators seeking to maximise their benefit to learners.  Topics include, strategies to enhance learners’ management of their own learning, effective questioning, feedback options for learners, tasks designed to elicit evidence of learning and feedback models.  These are all positioned within the Learning Progression framework and all with distinct Pasifika twist. This workshop includes some peer mentoring tips. Participants will be encouraged to contribute more regularly to the online community.

 

Intended outcomes:

  • Increased range of teaching literacy skills
  • In-depth understanding of formative assessment techniques for improving literacy outcomes
  • Improved understanding of working effectively with Pasifika students
  • Expanded educator tool box for supporting in-house sustainable professional development practices with colleagues.
  • Improved digital literacy skills through on-going online discussion and exchange

 

Locations, venues and registration

Location

Venue

Dates and times

Christchurch

Day One:
Workshops 1 & 2

Registrations have now closed.

Christchurch Polytechnic
Institute of Technology
130 Madras Street
Christchurch

Tuesday 8 April
Workshop 1: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Workshop 2: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Day Two:
Workshops 3 & 4

Registrations have now closed

Christchurch Polytechnic
Institute of Technology
130 Madras Street
Christchurch

Tuesday 10 June
Workshop 3: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Workshop 4: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Wellington

Day One:
Workshops 1 & 2

Registrations have now closed.

Wellington Institute of Technology
11 Kensington Avenue
Petone
Lower Hutt

Wednesday 9 April
Workshop 1: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Workshop 2: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Day Two:
Workshops 3 & 4

Registrations have now closed.

Wellington Institute of Technology
11 Kensington Avenue
Petone
Lower Hutt

Friday 23 May
Workshop 3: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Workshop 4: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Auckland

Day One:
Workshops 1 & 2

Registrations have now closed.

Martin Hautus The Pacific
Peoples Learning Institute
76 - 80 Onehunga Mall
Auckland

Friday 11 April
Workshop 1: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Workshop 2: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Day Two:
Workshops 3 & 4

Registrations have now closed.

Martin Hautus The Pacific
Peoples Learning Institute
76 - 80 Onehunga Mall
Auckland
Tuesday 13 May
Workshop 3: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Workshop 4: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Dunedin

Day One:
Workshops 1 & 2

Registrations have now closed.
 

Arai te Uru Kokiri Training Centre
51 Macandrew Road
South Dunedin
Dunedin

Thursday 5 June
Workshop 1: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Workshop 2: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

 

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