Events

Events

What's happening in the NZAI world?

New assessment publication from NZAI

Over the past few months, NZAI executive members have been working on a publication for schools and education agencies to clarify assessment principles and practices. The result is a booklet called Assessment to Improve Learning: Principles, Practices and Proof and an associated Companion Guide.

To coincide with the launch of the publications at the end of March, paper copies have been sent to the principals of all schools across the country and to many education agencies. If you do not receive your copy, please contact us.

As promised, we are now pleased to provide online access to our new publications. 

Go to online links to the publications here.

A bank of links and resources to support the Assessment PPP and the Companion Guide will be available soon. 

Return of the webinars in 2021!

After the positive feedback we’ve received from our 2020 webinars we’re planning a 2021 series. The webinars will be on assessment topics of interest to leaders, teachers and educators, lasting between 30 and 45 minutes and allowing opportunities for input and discussion.

Our first webinar was on April 8.

Title: Assessment Principles, Practices and Proof: An Introduction

Kaye Brunton, principal of Ngati Toa School in Titahi Bay and NZAI President, Associate Professor Jenny Poskitt, talked about why NZAI has developed its new resource, and how it can be used to improve learning through a deepening understanding of the effective use of assessment. 

A copy of the webinar is up on the site here along with the power point used during the presentation.

NZAI 2021 National Assessment Seminar – Save the Date

We are excited to announce a date for our 2021 National Assessment Seminar, encouraged by the COVID-19 free situation here in Aotearoa New Zealand and growing vaccine-supported confidence in our ability to sustain it. We are in the early stage of making arrangements for the seminar, but can confirm that:

  • the date has been set at Monday 4th October, the first Monday of the school holidays between Terms 3 and 4.
  • the seminar will be held at Ormiston Junior College in East Auckland.
  • the theme for our national seminar is: Assessment to Improve Learning.

Further details of the seminar will be announced as they come available. We will of course work to ensure a brilliant line-up of presenters, offering information about and insights into current issues concerning assessment.

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Assessment Webinars in 2020

NZAI ran monthly webinars on assessment topics of interest to our members during 2020. 

Click here to find copies of 2020 webinars, power points used during the webinars and associated resources.

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Regional NZAI meetings

We held a number of regional NZAI meetings in schools around the country in 2019, but the strange events of 2020 meant that we were unable to organise face-to-face meetings, both national and regional. We do intend to reinstate these meetings in 2021. New information will be available on this web page and will be emailed to NZAI members.

Through regional meetings we offer a chance to meet with colleagues, find out about and discuss current assessment initiatives and ways in which our practices might be sharpened, and help develop a local network of educators interested in effective assessment.

The last meeting was in Auckland in December 2019 at Pt Chevalier School.

Michael Absolum talked about the new directions in education which have arisen from the recommendations by the Ministerial Advisory Group on Curriculum, Progress and Achievement, what’s new in assessment tools, new PLD priorities for 2020 and the implications for schools. 

The presentation notes, along with many others from previous national and regional seminars, can be found here in the Knowledge Centre.

If you would like to join or start a local branch, or consider a regional meeting for the future in your local area, feel free to email us at info@nzai.org.nz. We can put you in touch with a local branch if one exists or advise you about getting in touch with a local member of the executive with a view to setting up a local branch. Current local branches include Auckland, Tauranga, New Plymouth and the Wellington area.

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