Introducing 2022 PD Days - Book today for Jan 2022
Monday 24 Jan - Friday 5 Feb 22. 9-3pm
Facilitators: Susan Arrowsmith and Kirsten Simmons.
Integrated creativity and nature education for your classroom. One day in school professional development workshops. Visit Nature2Classroom to find out more about our Nature2Classroom Programme.
This innovative and playful 1 day professional development day is designed to empower kaiako to set up (or extend on) integrating the curriculum with EOTC experiences from a creative nature education perspective. It is designed specifically for your school's needs and delivered by professionals with current informative research and practices to invigorate your curriculum. The pld will be based on the wellbeing of your Ākonga and will be differentiated to take into consideration the strategic plans of your school.
These are the core elements to expect from your day: Inspiration, motivation and creative Wellbeing focus Jointly constructed (Covid proof) action plan that considers your core vision, everyones’ buy-in, essential skills & resources, formative assessment and reflection to ensure your programme is a success. Planning that aligns with the kaupapa of your kura Guidance by experienced professionals with innovative, practical, research-based ideas, tips and activities for integrating EOTC into your weekly plan.
Overview of methods to integrate Nature Education EOTC into the curriculum
Facilitators: Kirsten Simmons (Dip ECE, BeD, M.Ed.). Kirsten’s passion and expertise is in creativity, innovation, music, science, wellbeing and nature education. She is a registered teacher and sits on two charitable trusts dedicated to advocating for nature education, creativity and wellbeing for Ākonga, Kaiako and Papatuanuku In Aotearoa. She is the Director of Talking Tree Hill and Nature2Classroom and leading a 2 year “Green Play Day” Research project advocating for creative educational change through using the outdoor classroom as the catalyst for wellbeing for all Ākonga. TTHill has been recognised as one of the top 100 innovations by HundrED in 2019, and was awarded semi-finalist for Nature2Classroom from SheEO in 2021.
Susan Arrowsmith (BSc [Hons] (Environmental Science), PGCEducaton (Science), MEd (Curriculum Integration), 200hr YTT) Susan has taught students, teachers and leaders in different locations globally for over 20 years. She has a passion for sustainability education and empowering ākonga to take action to improve theirs and others' learning and lives. Susan completed research into Curriculum Integration in NZ Schools in 2013 and has been supporting NZ schools to include, increase and embed curriculum integration since. One of the kura that Susan has worked with over the last six years has recently been awarded the 2021 PMs focus award for Excellence in Sustainability Education.