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Here is your monthly news update from the Teaching Council.

In our February issue, read about:
  • sharing your views on the Tomorrow's Schools Taskforce report
  • voting in the Teaching Council elections
  • funding for induction and mentoring
  • Tapasā workshops
  • the Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards 2019
  • joining our code and standards workshops.
Share your views on the Tomorrow's Schools Taskforce report

The Teaching Council is compiling a submission on the Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce report, “Our Schooling Future: Stronger Together.” 

To help inform the submission, we'd like to hear your views on the impact of the proposal on the teaching profession.  Fill in our survey here, or if you haven't read the Taskforce report you can find it here.  Thank you for sharing your views! 
Voting opens 4 March for the Teaching Council elections

Have your say on who will represent you on the Board for the Teaching Council. Voting opens on Monday 4 March.

All registered teachers and LAT-holders will receive voting documents online, unless you’ve asked to receive them by post.

Before casting your ballot, you'll have to choose which sector you're voting in and declare that you're eligible. For most teachers and principals, the criteria are having a valid practising certificate or LAT, and to be currently or most recently working in the sector in which you're voting.

The exceptions are teacher educators, who do not need a practising certificate, and ECE leaders, who must have a practising certificate rather than a LAT. Detailed instructions will be included with the voting papers.

Voting closes on 26 March. Election information and candidate profiles can be found here.

Induction and mentoring funding 2019

Are you a provisionally certificated part-time or relief teacher, or an itinerant teacher of music?

If so, the Teaching Council can offer funding to cover the costs of a mentor for your induction and mentoring programme.

Applications are open for 2019, with funding available for the full academic year. The mentor must be based at one of the schools or centres you currently teach in.

Read the Memorandum of Understanding on our website to find out if you are eligible, or email us at: Mentoring@educationcouncil.org.nz for more information.

Thank you for your interest in our Tapasā workshops!
 
We've had an enormous amount of interest and almost all of our Tapasā workshops are now full.

There are still some spaces in workshops in Invercargill, Whangarei and New Plymouth; see our website for registration information and updates on any new workshops in your region. 

Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards call for entries
 
Entries are now open for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.
 
The annual awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding work being done in early learning services, kōhanga reo, schools and kura to support children and young people to succeed.
 
The categories are:
  • Excellence in Leading
  • Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Excellence in Engaging
  • Excellence in Health and Wellbeing Education
  • 2019 Education Focus Prize – Excellence in Māori medium education.
This is a great opportunity for others to hear about the great work you’re doing for learners, their whānau and your community so they can learn from it and follow in your footsteps.
 
Last day for entries is Friday 5 April 2019.
 
Go to the awards website for more information and to submit an entry: www.pmawards.education.govt.nz
Join us for our new Code and Standards workshops

Sign up for our new Moving on with Our Code, Our Standards workshops being held around the country. 

The workshops are for all teachers and professional leaders in early childhood centres, primary and secondary settings.

The workshops are an opportunity for you to discuss what you have accomplished with the Code and Standards so far, deepen your understandings, and review appraisal systems to ensure they are valuable, manageable and learner-centred.

Register now for an English or Māori medium workshop in your region.
All teachers can now renew full practising certificates online (EC30) 

The online renewal process is fast and efficient for teachers and leaders in early childhood education (ECE), primary and secondary schools. Apply to renew your EC30 online!

The 10th International Reading Recovery Institute: July 17-19, Auckland
A professional learning experience open to all educators interested in children’s literacy development, Reading Recovery professionals, literacy specialists, classroom teachers and school leaders.  
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