Educators, register to join this free online professional learning session on Thursday, 16 February, 4:00–4:45 pm.

In this webinar, Dr Rosemary Hipkins joins us to discuss the concept of enduring competencies – competencies that focus on what students can do with their knowledge and understanding. Together these competencies create a framework for informing our thinking about science learning, curriculum and assessment.

This framework, as outlined in the 2022 article Enduring competencies for designing science learning pathways by Rosemary Hipkins, Sara Tolbert, Bronwen Cowie and Pauline Waiti, provides support as we navigate our way through the big ideas of science and the key competencies of The New Zealand Curriculum. The framework will also sit alongside the work of the Science Curriculum Refresh and Review of Achievement Standards.

This session will be valuable for all educators.

Register here

During the webinar we'll be live tweeting summarised points with the hashtags #SLH_webinar and #SLH_PLD on our Twitter feed.

About Dr Rosemary Hipkins

Rosemary Hipkins is a Chief Researcher/Kaihautū Rangahau at NZCER. She was a science and biology teacher in her first career and then worked for a few years in teacher education before joining NZCER in 2001. Rose has led research projects related to both curriculum and assessment innovation in New Zealand, drawing on this work to help develop a weaving approach to coherent curriculum design. Her recent books include Key Competencies for the Future, NCEA in Context (both co-authored) and Teaching for Complex Systems Thinking (published November 2021). In 2022, Rose supported the team that developed the concept of ‘science competencies’ as a curriculum weaving tool.

Joining the webinar

Follow these simple steps to join our webinar:

  1. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android by clicking on the link and following the instructions. You can also access Zoom on your phone, just follow the prompts.
  2. Find the chat box located in the toolbar at the bottom of your screen. You may need to access this by clicking on ‘More’.
  3. Using the chat box, introduce yourself, where you teach and, if you are in a group, how many people are there.
  4. Set up your screen for optimal viewing. If you’re using a mobile device, you may wish to view in landscape. We recommend selecting a thumbnail view of the presenters – this way you can easily see what is being shared on the screen.

Then you can:

  • watch, listen and respond via chat to the presentation and discussion
  • ask questions using the chat box at any time
  • continue your learning on Slack – our online discussion forum and join #general channel.

The Science Learning Hub team will be there to support you and answer questions.

PLD certification

We currently offer recognition of teachers’ involvement in our online PLD.

To qualify for a professional learning and development certificate, teachers must:

  • register for and watch the live webinar or let us know they have viewed the recorded version once it is published on the website
  • register in Slack and participate in our discussions enduring competencies for designing science learning pathways or in the Slack learning reflections channel.

If you need any help accessing our Slack forum, please see our help info or email us.

Related content

Discover our range of teacher PLD focused on pedagogy here.

If you are particularly interested in the competency 'Drawing on different knowledge systems' you may wish to watch our previous recorded webinars Local curriculum, mātauranga and science and Whakanui pūtaiao.

Useful link

Read the article Enduring competencies for designing science learning pathways by Rosemary Hipkins, Sara Tolbert, Bronwen Cowie and Pauline Waiti.

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