As the closing date for expressions of interest in the Teacher - led Innovation Fund is almost due (noon Feb 20th), it's important to arrange a time for a group of our teachers to prepare their research inquiry. At the end of 2014, after analyzing our 2014 data, all of the schools agreed to focus on Maths, in particular transition from our full primary schools to high school. A time has been arranged for staff from St Kevin's, Papakaio and St Joseph's schools to meet this coming week. A google doc has been shared to allow for collaboration around the application. Janine Simpson had already forwarded suggestions and is keen to continue to support us in 2015.
In 2014, our Year 7 and 8 teachers worked closely with the English department of our high school around writing expectations. As the schools across the cluster created common reading, writing and maths progressions from Year 1-8, we agreed that extending these to Year 10 would be beneficial for all learners and teachers.
This is the purpose of the Teacher - led Innovation Fund :
The fund supports teams of teachers to develop innovative practices that improve learning outcomes, particularly for students who are Māori, Pasifika, have special education needs, and/or come from low socio-economic backgrounds.