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Professional development

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Effective boards commit to and plan for, ongoing improvement in their governance performance. This involves every member, and every board, committing to an annual professional development plan based on individual member and board identified needs. Whether this is understanding the board's roles and responsibilities, setting the strategic direction of the school, or monitoring student progress and achievement NZSTA has the professional development solution for you.

NZSTA is at the forefront of school governance and is in the ideal position to provide all boards with the most up-to-date governance support and information.


What can I expect?

All NZSTA professional development is delivered by a group of qualified and experienced providers.  Professional development and support opportunities are delivered at no cost to you or your board.

Participant numbers are limited at every workshop to ensure all participants have the opportunity to be involved in discussions and ask topical questions relevant to their or their board's needs.

Workshop participants are provided with resources to support their learning, including workshop notes and information about further learning opportunities.

An effective board is one where every member is engaged and contributing fully across these four critical aspects of governance.


A new approach to Professional Learning and Development

As a result of survey feedback, NZSTA is progressively introducing a new Professional Learning and Development (PLD) structure, based on 4 modes of learning:

  1. Foundation Courses: Short, interactive, collaborative online courses for new board members and anyone wanting to revise the fundamentals.  Designed to provide attendees with the essential knowledge they need to be effective board members.
  2. Advanced Programmes: Face-to-face workshops targeting the complex problems faced by school boards e.g., Giving effect to Tiriti o Waitangi, inclusivity, and conflict resolution.
  3. Resource Hub: A searchable database for need-to-know answers, templates, and examples providing just-in-time support for boards.
  4. Community Events: locally-hosted events featuring case studies of successful school board initiatives and high-quality speakers.

2021 Workshop Timetable

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