Grants for in­no­va­tive teach­ers

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - SHANI WIL­LIAMS

Auck­land teach­ers will be able to tap into a $2.2 mil­lion grant to pur­sue in­no­va­tive learn­ing prac­tices.

The Gov­ern­ment last week an­nounced it will dis­trib­ute $2.2 mil­lion across 33 schools na­tion­wide over the next three years through its teacher-led in­no­va­tion fund (TLIF).

Six­teen of those schools are in Auck­land and five are in cen­tral Auck­land in­clud­ing Ara­hoe School, A’oga Fa’a Samoa In­cor­po­rated, Stone­fields School, St Joseph’s School and St Paul’s Col­lege Pon­sonby.

The TLIF sup­ports teach­ers who de­velop new and in­no­va­tive prac­tices that im­prove learn­ing out­comes.

Education Min­is­ter Nikki Kaye said TLIF sup­ported projects that en­gaged stu­dents who were Maori, Pasi­fika, had spe­cial education needs, or came from low so­cio-eco­nomic back­grounds.

Dur­ing a visit to early child­hood education cen­tre A’oga Fa’a Samoa In­cor­po­rated on Fri­day, Kaye an­nounced the school would re­ceive $61,000 to de­velop a Samoan lan­guage app.

Man­ager of A’oga Fa’a Samoa Jan Taouma said from an early child­hood per­spec­tive there was a lack of Pasi­fika ed­u­ca­tional re­sources.

‘‘We do not want to see Samoan chil­dren at the bot­tom of the sta­tis­tics all the time - we want to see them thrive and we be­lieve this ini­tia­tive will help them do so,’’ she said.

Kaye said she was de­lighted A’oga Fa’a Samoa would use dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies to sup­port sec­ond lan­guage learn­ing.

‘‘Teach­ers are tap­ping into the tech­nolo­gies that chil­dren and young peo­ple use in their daily lives to make learn­ing rel­e­vant and ex­cit­ing,’’ she said.

‘‘TLIF is also about en­sur­ing that our teach­ing and learn­ing prac­tices are modern, rel­e­vant and fu­ture fo­cused, tak­ing the best from new meth­ods be­ing tried in­ter­na­tion­ally along­side test­ing to­tally new Kiwi ideas.’’

Kaye ac­knowl­edged par­ents had con­cerns about un­der five-years-old time on­line.

‘‘But New Zealand’s cur­ricu­lum needs to keep pace with this fast-chang­ing world and we can’t have these chil­dren en­ter­ing pri­mary school and hav­ing no ex­pe­ri­ence with tech­nol­ogy,’’ Kaye said.

The next fund­ing round opens in Novem­ber 2017. chil­dren spend­ing

SHANI WIL­LIAMS/STUFF

Nikki Kaye vis­ited early child­hood education cen­tre A’oga Fa’a Samoa In­cor­po­rated on Fri­day.

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