Friday, May 26, 2023

Google for Education Leaders Series: Indonesia 2023

It was a privilege to listen to educators from Indonesia, including the Minister of Education and the Secretary General of Education, share their vision and progress to bring profound learning opportunities to the millions of young people they serve in the schooling system. While listening to them speak and following their slides, I reflected that if I closed my eyes I could be back in NZ hearing a success story being presented about the implementation of the front half of the 2007 NZC. While the context is very different, these outcomes have been achieved through investing in a common purpose and empowering educators at all levels to leverage their passion and expertise to improve outcomes for their young people.

The case studies presented by classroom teachers and the school visit to  Al-Haraki Islamic School, Depok demonstrated the positive impact this leadership is enabling.

International speakers from Taiwan and Japan shared innovative solutions to the common challenge of modernising our education systems in culturally located contexts.

And Google's own Shantanu Sinha inspired with his keynote that shared his own context of innovation while acknowledging that "Great education starts with great teachers".

A special thank you from me to the tireless efforts of the two interpreters who kept me up to speed with all that was going on, and managed to translate my ramblings for the audience.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

November Recap

 What a year we have had!  For many, we began the year in Orange and now we are ending the year at full pre-pandemic throttle.  We have much to celebrate and are grateful for the support and collegiality we have shared as we have made a difference in the lives of our young people and their whānau.  

At this busy time of year, we would like to remind you that our team is here to help. Most of our facilitators will be taking annual leave from the week beginning December 19th. Until then, we are keen to support your staff, whether in groups, individually, or at the whole staff level.  We often support teachers to plan for their new class site for the year ahead - and even get hands-on with the design. We are out and about supporting the sign-ups to the Summer Learning Journey and supporting the managing of class blogs and individual blogs. We are working on the in-class facilitation timetables for 2023, and as soon as principals give us the names of teachers to support we will be able to finalise these.

Many of our network-wide PLD programmes are filling up, so thank you for getting in ahead and booking spaces to work with us in the Digital Fluency Intensives, Reading Practice Intensives, and Te Reo Māori Facilitation.

We have a number of principals retiring or moving on to new schools at the end of this term and extend our best wishes to you all. This may not be the complete list, but to Kathy Hancock from Kaingaroa School, Gary Roberts from Hornby Primary, Paddy Sannazzaro from Levin School,  Mary Kleinsman-Powell from St Mary's Foxton, and Tiwana Hibbs from Foxton Primary - thank you for your contribution to our large community of learning. You will be missed.

Some updates from our team, with links to explore if you have time:

Summer Learning Journey Launch 

Monday 12th December 

Teaser Week Activity and Registrations are Live NOW from

Monday 28th November


We farewell the MIT-22 cohort who met for the final time at KPMG.

We welcome six teachers to form the 2023 cohort and thank all who applied.

Class OnAir

As the Class OnAir teachers for 2022 wrap up their final episodes, we thank them for their courage and expertise - sharing their practice to enrich our network in 140+ episodes

50 Thousand Posts

Take a look at the exciting Edublog activity across the Network this year. Search for and explore your cluster, eg View this example of learners sharing in Te Reo Māori.


Thanks so much for all your hard work getting your achievement data into the Research Team! Results will be live on EdPotential imminently.

Dates for 2023 are on the calendar. To check you have the calendar, go to this link and ADD

Facilitator Farewell

to Jeremy Ferguson

Te Purapura Ngātahi

Jeremy has been a facilitator in our online cluster. He brought solid technical expertise and developed great working relationships with staff. We wish him well as he moves on to his next role.

Immersion Māori Facilitation

We are facilitating a short PLD for the MOE in Waikato this week to assist kura and kaiako with aspects of teaching and learning in the digital space. These hui will be facilitated in Te Reo Māori 

Our final cohort of DFI for 2022 wraps up next week with our external recognition day. Thanks to those who have participated in the DFI in 2022, it’s been awesome to learn, create and share with all 238 of you!

Term 1 2023 is FULL.

A decision the Manaiakalani management team has made going forward is to retire the word Outreach and simply use the word Network. We believe it better reflects the nature of our partnership. You will see this in our documentation as we make the tweaks.

Monday, October 31, 2022

October Recap

 The October newsletter has a different format as we have recently been together and celebrated so much of the mahi that is going on in schools and work streams across the network face-to-face. Thank you to the 200 people who attended and contributed your expertise and insights throughout the evening event on Thursday and the day of the wānanga on Friday.  To those who came down with illnesses - we missed you!

We are highlighting five areas below and will return to a more comprehensive report at the end of November.  

Wānanga Thursday October 27th Friday October 28th 2022

The presentation slides and speaker notes are all shared from this slide deck

The webpage used for our annual wānanga will be updated over the coming week to include videos of sessions.

Photos taken during the 2 days are here for you to enjoy.

Please mark your calendars for these 2023 dates:

Wānanga 2023 Thursday 26th (evening) Friday, October 27th

Opportunities 2023

We are in the closing week of applications for opportunities 2023. Thank you for passing these on.

We have some roles in the Manaiakalani facilitation team opening up now that are advertised in the Gazette and on our website.

Device orders for 2023

It’s that time of year again, when you need to consult your current roll and make a very educated “projection” about how many new Chromebooks and iPads you will need to start February 2023

This Form is designed to bring together initial indications from across the Manaiakalani Network of schools. Your Procurement Team needs to know approximately how many we are negotiating for!  AND to get stock into the country. 


We are recommending the iPad 9 as the best learner iPad. The price of this is to increase $100 in the next shipment. Get in quick if you want some at the current price. Contact Stan +64 22 061 2432


The current indication from schools for next year is for over 2300 Chromebooks.  Make sure we have enough for you by filling in this form. Even if you need zero it helps us to know. There are 50 schools yet to respond.

Spaces for the Reading Practice Intensive are filling up fast for 2023. 

If you have a Year 4-8 teacher you’d like to register for the sessions, to be supported in developing their effective reading practice, please click here

If you’d like more information about the programme, please click here, or send the research team an email and we will be in touch. 

Cook Islands Teacher Summit 2022

This inaugural event was rated a success on every measure. As a genuine partnership event between the Cook Islands educators and the kiwis who travelled over, all participants rated it highly.

The speakers and session presenters were world-class, the immersive cultural opportunities designed for us were confronting and enlightening, and the collaboration between attendees was something most had never experienced. Thank you for supporting this by sending teachers or coming yourself. Hint: Oct 2,3- 2023

If you do not have the calendar for the activities of the Manaiakalani Network added to your calendar collection, we recommend you click this link and on the bottom right-hand corner of the calendar that opens up, click the +Google Calendar button.  Now you will have all our network-wide activities added to your set of Google calendars.

Friday, September 30, 2022

September Recap

 As another busy term and month draws to a close we have included a few elements of our programme activity and cluster events in the thumbnails below.

We are highlighting the Manaiakalani Opportunities for 2023 as these will need to be brought to teachers’ attention at the end of this week to be considered during the holidays.  Our successful applicants generally have spent time considering their proposals during the break and get final approval from their principal on return to school early term 4.  The final few spaces for the annual Wānanga are likely to fill in the next week, so check if you have secured your slot.

Share to Learn



Common Practice Model

Learn how regular blogging can have a positive impact on NCEA results.   The recording from this term’s Secondary Connect is now available.  Click here 

Today we begin advertising opportunities for educators in the Manaiakalani Network for 2023.

This one document contains relevant links. 

The Wānanga is rapidly filling up, with 175 registrations as of this week. Check if your registration has been received using this handy Data Studio page

MET is engaging with the Ministry in this new work and contacted principals earlier in the week about the opportunity to contribute.

Uru Mānuka Student Summit

Immersion Māori Research

Reading Practice Intensive

DFI 2023

Workshops organised and presented by students for students across the Uru Mānuka cluster. Read what students said in their feedback about this exceptionally powerful experience.

Our research team had a successful feedback session this term with kura that participated in the Pānui Observations. This is a developing and exciting kaupapa within the immersion and bilingual kura.

Registrations for the Reading Practice Intensive 2023  are now open. Please fill in the teacher registration form and the mentor registration form

For more information, please click here.

Registrations for the Digital Fluency Intensive 2023  are now open.

 Dates and the registration form can be found on the DFI Site. 

It’s Film Festival Season in some of our clusters!

Two festivals have been held in Term 3 and two clusters are wrapping up creating movies ready for a Term 4 event.

We collectively have years of experience to support other regions that may want to consider this for 2023.

Te Hiku


Ako Hiko


Kaitaia’s Te Ahu Centre was the venue for screening the movies from the schools in Te Hiku on September 14th. 

The local paper featured the schools in a double page spread. The films can be seen online.

Our screening took place at the Cathay Cinemas Kerikeri on the 21st of September.  

Narelle Yakas from Bay of Islands College, was inspired and told her students, ‘This is where all your learn, create, share mahi can end up’

Film Festival Site

Screening at Events Cinema, St Lukes on Wednesday 19th October. All films will be posted on blogs on Thursday 20th and can also be found on our 

Film Festival Site.

Approx 100 movies have gone into post-production to prepare for the 15th Manaiakalani Film Festival on November 8th at Hoyts Sylvia Park. This 12 hr event will see 3,000+ people come through the doors.