Tēnā koutou katoa,
NZEI Te Riu Roa is committed to ensuring every one of our members is heard and supported during the Covid-19 pandemic, using all the expertise, resources and channels we have available.
One of these channels is our twice-yearly magazine, AKO, which ordinarily takes a deeper look into the ways members throughout the country are rising to the many challenges of being an education professional in the 21st century.
The pandemic – and the current lockdown – means that instead of the upcoming winter print issue, we have decided to run an online rolling special edition at akojournal.org.nz, devoted to NZEI Te Riu Roa members’ response to Covid-19. Each week, we’ll post interviews with members and other features about a variety of challenges and initiatives from around the country. We hope they’ll provide solace, entertainment and support to you.
This Covid-19 online edition will be responsive, and we would love to hear your suggestions for what you’d like to learn and who you’d like to hear from. How are you staying connected with your colleagues, your students and whānau? How are you addressing the challenges of online learning? How are you looking after yourself?
Please get in touch by emailing email@example.com
NZEI Te Riu Roa President / Te Manukura
Liam Rutherford is the NZEI Te Riu Roa National President/Te Manukura from 2020.
AKO catches up with Api Nathan, deputy principal and Māori immersion strand leader at Otari School in Wellington, and hears how they supported immersion learning while the country was in lockdown.
Dr Carmen Dalli reflects on the positives for the early childhood sector as we head toward the end of Level 2.
Parents experienced a mix of emotions when their children returned to schools and centres at the end of Alert Level 3. There was relief at the resumption of some sort of normality, but there was also anxiety. For the parents of young children in particular, there was concern about how tamariki would re-transition into early childhood education.
Two kindergartens share their stories of transition with AKO.