There is an opportunity for schools or kura without a current PLD application (or who are unable to repurpose a current PLD application) to receive up to 25 hours distance learning PLD support. This is to fund any immediate needs you may have for distance/remote learning due to COVID.
If you want the support, you need to firstly contact your Regional Education Advisor.
If they decide to allocate your school some funding, we will be happy to help you draft your application.
Please note: You have up until 5pm Friday 18 February 2022 to apply; if granted, this PLD must be delivered within three months.
As listed in How we can Help, we can support your digital and technical needs, as well as provide a variety of leadership support options.
Examples of distance learning support:
Supporting student/family learning and engagement
We provide support student/family learning and engagement using a wide variety of digital tools and platforms, including:
- Google Classroom – helping students engage and learn successfully online
- Google Suite – setting up resource banks for schools, checking the setup for Google Meet/Hangout to ensure it is safe.
- Hāpara – set up and/or optimising of Teacher Dashboard and Workspace to differentiate learning for students.
- Microsoft Office 365 – set up and/or optimising of Teams, OneNote, Office.
- Supporting the effective use of various sharing and narrative-based, real-time assessment platforms including Seesaw, Educa, and others.
- Supporting teachers with a wide variety of online tools to enthuse, engage, challenge and personalise learning.
- Supporting teacher and staff hauora through effective planning and delivery for online learning.
Supporting leaders to manage complex challenges
Our experienced facilitators and leadership consultants can support you and your leaders to manage complex challenges and COVID related issues.
- Helping you devise a communications plan for all stakeholders.
- Managing rapid communications with the community.
- Supporting staff as they deal with moving quickly to distance learning or changing class makeups.
- Fast induction for new staff into school IT systems on behalf of the school.
- Identifying which aspects of the curriculum are critical to maintain and how to adapt these to suit online learning.
- Support for community and whānau to make online learning successful and safe.
- Mentoring and critical friend support for principals and senior leaders.
Our team can help you further clarify your thinking as you complete your draft application.
This area has curated resources designed to help you and your staff quickly learn new skills and make distance teaching and learning easy, fun and manageable.
Learning Architects resources
We have a variety of options for supporting you and your staff.
- QuickTips – this is an email bulletin which gives you tips and tricks for working remotely – sign up to the right.
- Leadership bulletin – is focused on leadership issues, PLD best practices and learning design – sign up to the right.
- Class planning template + tutorial – our most populate resource of all time, this template is great for teachers who want to move their planning online using a Google Sheet.
- students.learningarchitects.com – example site we have put together for clients. You are welcome to take a copy of this and adapt/customise it as you wish. Te Kura o Whare Pā has made theirs here: students.fernworth.school.nz
- Online Community – we are offering all schools one month free and full access.
- Click here to sign up and grab this offer.
- This includes online courses, curated resources, templates, access to our QuickTips archive, and more.
- Select pay by: ‘Distance support’ (we won’t send an invoice).
- Learning from home – a wide range of resources from MOE
- Kauwhatareo – practical advice, guidance and resources for parents to use with tamariki. It’s also intended to support the learning plan prepared by kaiako for ākonga.
- Ki te Ao Mārama – resources to support learners from kōhanga reo, through to senior secondary/wharekura.