Events

Events

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Rescheduling the NZAI National Assessment Seminar to April 2021

A decision has been made by the NZAI executive to reschedule our National Assessment Seminar to April 2021, We took into consideration the possibility that COVID-19 could once again rear its ugly head in the community and felt it safer to delay until next year. An equally important factor was discussion with school-based educators who reported that catching up post-lockdown is requiring significant effort. We felt that educators would be in a better position next year to listen to our assessment messages.

The brilliant line-up of presenters organised for the 2020 seminar has recently been contacted, and already we’ve heard from many of them that they’ll be happy to take part next year.

 We look forward to seeing you at the seminar next April. A definite date will be fixed very soon. New information will be available on this web page and will be emailed to NZAI members.

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Assessment Webinars for 2020

NZAI is running monthly webinars on assessment topics of interest to our members during 2020. Each webinar lasts 30 to 45 minutes, and includes opportunities for input and discussion.

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

***** Our next webinar: Assessment for Learning –  a PLD priority *****

Date: Thursday 26 November

Time: 3.45pm to 4.30pm

Host: Michael Absolum, NZAI Vice President, Director of Evaluation Associates and author of influential assessment publications for teachers.

Michael will talk about assessment for learning and the reasons for it being a current PLD priority for the Ministry of Education. The information and subsequent discussion will be suitable for those who have already applied for funding for the PLD, those who are thinking about it for next year and anybody interested to hear more about Assessment for Learning.

You can register for the webinar through this link.

We will record the webinar and put it up on the website here as soon as possible after the event.

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Regional NZAI meetings

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

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 [email protected]. 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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