Lynda Stuart

Liberating creative practice

Kia ora e hoa ma

Well what a first half of 2018 we have had. NZEI Te Riu Roa is certainly focused on the future of education in this country.

I have been particularly proud of the work that has happened in getting the message out there that there is no replacement needed for National Standards.

NZEI Te Riu Roa, along with the Ministry of Education, has been involved in organising curriculum hui across this country. (There are links on this new Ako website and in this journal to some of the inspiring talks at these hui.)

Educators and researchers came together to relaunch the curricula from Early Childhood with the wonderful Te Whariki, to the New Zealand Curriculum to Te Mauratanga.

The focus has been on liberating our teachers and enabling them to be inspired and reinvigorated about our wonderful curricula and the opportunities to be creative in teaching and learning programmes.

We focus on the curricula in this first issue of our new professional journal Ako. Educators share their wonderful and innovative practice and some of the thinking behind it. We also see some examples of the concept of ako – where everyone is a teacher and learner. This has inspired the title of this new journal and website.I hope that you will find much to enjoy and use from this new publication and website, as you continue the wonderful work that you do as educators of our nation’s children.

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