Learning Network New Zealand

Challenging Learners - Students at the Heart of Learning

28 - 29 July 2011
9.00am - 4.30pm each day
Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, 58 Waipuna Road, Mt. Wellington, Auckland

Member Price $440.00 +GST    Non-members $550.00 +GST   
Multiple booking discount: $460.00 for 5 or more orders placed by the same school at the same time

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7.45 Registration / Tea and coffee
8.45 Welcome
9.00 Keynote 1: James Nottingham
10.00 Morning tea
10.30 Workshop 1
12.00 Workshop 2
1.15 Lunch
2.15 Workshop 3
3.30 Drinks and nibbles


8.00 Tea and coffee
8.45 Welcome back
9.00 Keynote 2: Kath Murdoch
10.00 Morning tea
10.30 Workshop 4
12.00 Workshop 5
1.15 Lunch
2.15 Workshop 6
3.30 Keynote 3: Marcus Akuhata-Brown

You can now make your workshop choices - please read these instructions carefully!
  • On the left of this page click the green login/register button and enter your email address and password (1234 - unless you have chosen your own or reset it to your own, which you will be able to do once you have logged in.)
  • This will bring you to your Personal Portal where you can view Your Details - here you can see your Upcoming Events. Under the event (in this case – Challenging Learners Conference) there is a button saying edit this registration - here you can choose or edit your workshop selections.
  • Please print off or make a note of your workshops to bring with you as this will make your conference experience much smoother.
Please note that if your registration has been done by another participant you will need to go through their Personal Portal to make your selections, so you may need to ask them for assistance.

Unfortunately we are unable to enter workshop choices for participants as this would be extremely time-consuming for us, but do contact us if you have any queries or problems.

Please do not try to choose workshops by going through the ‘view workshops’ button on this page, as this will re-enrol you for the conference.

The NZ Curriculum puts students at the heart of learning, and this conference will help you to do just that in your school and classroom.

At our 2010 NZConnectED Conference, Dr. Julia Atkin issued us with a challenge to “do justice to the spirit of the NZC”. We are picking up the gauntlet with this teaching and learning conference, which will give you a wide range of forward-thinking ideas and strategies for improving and sustaining your school’s curriculum and classroom practice.

We have invited the very best thinkers and educators from NZ and around the globe to share their insights and to help you raise engagement, achievement and participation in all students.

A key thread running through all sessions is that of challenging ourselves to be the best possible educators, and challenging our students to reach their full potential.

Here's the key information - full workshop details are available now - click the red 'view workshops' button at the top of this page.

Keynote speakers:

Kath Murdoch (AU) - What (or how) you see is what you get – views from the inquiry classroom.

This keynote will examine quality practices in the inquiry classroom, by exploring the ‘views’ held by the teacher - views of themselves and of their students.

James Nottingham (UK) - Challenging students; challenging staff.
In this keynote James will challenge delegates as well as identify ways to challenge students more.

Watch a short clip of James talking about Cognitive Conflict here.
***Join James Nottingham for pre-conference workshop 'Challenging Learning' on Wed 27 July - see link below**

Marcus Akuhata-Brown (NZ) - Lifting the lid off low achievement
Marcus will share his powerful story, which centres around others recognising and encouraging his potential. From the East Coast of NZ to the world, he has proven himself an inspiring leader and educator. You will leave the theatre with a new understanding of how you can make a difference to your students.

Workshop presenters:

Kath Murdoch: Checking in on understanding / Making it personal

James Nottingham: Challenging Learners with the Learning Pit / Philosophy for Children (watch a short clip of James practising P4C here.

Graham Watts: Combining thinking and literacy: HOT Tools / Independent Learners for the 21st Century / How can Brain Knowledge Empower Students? / The 21C Learner's Toolkit
***Graham will also be presenting the full-day HOT Tools workshop on 27 July - see link below ***

Murray Gadd: Making Students Into Independent Writers

Len Cooper: Working Like A Mathematician (and a Scientist)

Mark Osborne: e-portfolios: Big learning through little steps / Students leading learning: e-portfolios and Wikieducator / Game-based learning

Clinton Golding: The Teacher in the Thinking Classroom / From Thinking Skills to Thinking Schools / Assessing Thinking

Bek Galloway: Thinking is the driver of successful inquiry / Tools for driving the inquiry vehicle / Web 2.0 tools to support inquiry learning

Sarah Martin: Think Big, Be Brave: designing a learner centered, future focused learning environment and curriculum.

Jason Mischewski & Christina Leef: Sharing Greenpark’s journey into a conceptual curriculum

Christina Ward: Curriculum conversations – what schools are doing well

Dorothy Burt: Going Google / Have you checked out my blog?

Perry Rush: Beyond Teaching 101

Fiona Grant: Digital Learning

Jo Moy: Transfer of Learning

Ngaire Harris: Building Learning Capability / One Student at a Time - secondary focus


Inquiry Learning / Curriculum (incl Literacy and Numeracy) / Effective Practice / Digital Literacy / Thinking / Leadership / School Stories /

Why not bring your whole staff?

This is the most effective way to infuse learning through your school and ensure long-term sustainability. Kevin Choromanski, principal of Pomaria School, brought his team to our 2010 NZConnectED Conference and says:

“Not only did we receive a great rate for bringing our whole staff, but the conference became the focal point of our PD for 2010. Each teacher incorporated ideas from the conference into their own goals, shared these with the team and built them into their appraisal process. The wide range of top-notch speakers meant that we gained many new strategies and approaches across the school, and spending the two days together was a fantastic team-building exercise. My teachers are still raving about this experience.”

Talk to us about bringing your whole staff for a great rate; school holiday timing means no reliever costs.

Feedback from our 2010 NZConnectED Conference includes:

“Very inspiring yet highly practical.”

“Great range of themes with passionate presenters.”

"Well worth travelling for!”

“Heaps to implement in class.”

“Just what I needed to reignite my passion for teaching.”

“Informative, relevant and, most important, REAL!”

“I’m fully recharged!”

Conference fee is exclusive of GST.


A special conference room rate of $145+gst per room (up to two people - a third can usually be accommodated on a roll-out bed for a small additional charge) is available. Breakfast is extra.

To book online:
1. Go to www.waipunahotel.co.nz
2. Enter this Booking Code: LEARN2707 in the box on the right side of Home Page and click BOOK NOW
3. Follow the instructions on screen to make your reservation with instant confirmation.

For assistance contact the Waipuna Hotel reservations team on 09 526 3000 or by email.

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