Professional Development in New Zealand
Dates: August 3–7, 2020
$2,900 (Private Room) | $2,620 (Shared Room)
Includes program, hotel accommodations, meals, and transportation to host schools.
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
There’s good news for schools figuring out how to transform their programs through mastery-based practices and new forms of crediting and reporting student learning on transcripts. New Zealand radically transformed its crediting and reporting systems fifteen years ago, and there’s much to learn about their successes, challenges, and processes of change.
Guided by competency-based crediting expert Jonathan E. Martin (author of Reinventing Crediting for Competency-Based Education) and Auckland-based Richard Wells (author of A Learner’s Paradise: How New Zealand is Reimagining Education), participants will visit public and independent schools that are leading this work in Auckland, learning directly from practitioners about the nuts-and-bolts of making the transition to a mastery-based model. In addition, participants will participate in pre- and post-trip readings and virtual discussions as a cohort, building community and accountability for the learning we will bring back to our schools. Among the confirmed schools we will visit are Hobsonville Point Secondary School (a school Grant Lichtman says “may well be the exemplar for global high schools of the future”), Orewa College, and Albany Senior School.
You’ll arrive at the Grand Mercure Auckland, register, and meet the cohort for some goal-setting, then head to dinner at one of the area’s excellent restaurants.
You’ll travel to two schools each day — a mix of public and private, urban and suburban — then reconvene for dinner in downtown Auckland with representatives from our host schools.
You’ll end your week of exploration with an educators’ roundtable at the Grand Mercure, sharing innovations from your home school and learning from New Zealand practitioners.