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Diamond in a paper bag

By Clare de Lore
Listener, Dec. 9-15, p. 28-30 (article).

Interview with Stan Tiatia, the principal of Te Puna Wai Ora, Invercargill Middle School, this year's joint winner of the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Talks about his influences, background, and approach to education.

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School leadership in a post-disaster setting

By Gerard Dineen
SET: research information for teachers 2, 2017, p. 9-15 (article).

Explores what primary principals learned about leadership and change management during the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes. Identifies barriers to and enablers of successful leadership.

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Voyaging the oceanic terrains: sustainability from within Pasifika ECE

By Diane Mara
Waikato journal of education 22 (1), 2017, p. 37-43 (article).

Reflects on the development of Pasifika early childhood education in New Zealand since 2007.

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Why the iGen teens are in slow mode

By Donna Chisholm
Listener, 18-24 Nov. 2017, p 14-23.

Discusses research revealing that teenagers are growing up more slowly and taking fewer risks than previous generations. Draws on NZ data collected for the Youth2000 series, which questioned around 9000 secondary students in 2001, 2007 and 2012 about school, family, mental health/well being, healthcare and economics, violence, sexual health, driving, substance use, diet and physical activity.

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Getting it right: The Children's Convention in Aotearoa

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child/UNCROC Monitoring Group, 2017
8 p.

Looks at how New Zealand is putting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice, and where it can do better. Calls for children to be at the heart of the Government's policy and law-making. Makes three recommendations that the Government can put into place immediately.

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Alleviating poverty: issues and options

By Jonathan Boston
Policy quarterly 13 (3), 2017, p. 27-34 (article).

Discusses the nature and measurement of poverty in developed countries, outlines the main trends in poverty rates in New Zealand over recent decades, comments on why poverty matters, and assesses recent government policy changes designed to alleviate poverty, especially child poverty. Outlines what further measures will be required if New Zealand is to meet its commitments under the UN Sustainable Development Goals to halve poverty rates by 2030.

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'If you want to attack inequity, then attack it with excellence'

By Eleanor Busby
Times educational supplement 5268, 2017, p. 20-23 (article).

Talks to Michael Fullan about why he believes England's current educational policies are affecting teacher morale and demotivating students. Discusses his views on Ontario's school system, and how his research has been interpreted and misquoted.

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You have to start somewhere: designing, tailoring and tinkering: a reflection in leading a change process

By Christine Harris & Chris Panther
Journal of educational leadership, policy and practice 32 (1), 2017, p. 125-132 (article)

Describes how 20 teachers at Thorrington School in Christchurch shifted their practice over three years towards working in flexible spaces in an innovative learning environment. Considers drivers of change, early adopters, the development of new skills and strategies, and alterations in teachers' mindsets over time.

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Five myths of school turnaround policy and practice

By Coby V. Meyers & Mark A. Smylie
Leadership and policy in schools 16 (3), 2017, p. 502-523 (article).

Identifies five factors that can inhibit or prevent the successful implementation of major change initiatives in low-performing schools.

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Worldwide Educating for the Future Index: a benchmark for the skills of tomorrow

Economist Intelligence Unit; Yidan Prize, 2017, 38 p.

Evaluates the extent to which education systems around the world are evolving in response to changes in digital technology and globalisation. Ranks New Zealand's education environment as being the best-prepared in the world to face the challenges of the future.

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