Teachers earn education award  

Wanaka. Photo: Nikki Heath / Wanaka Sun


 

Mount Aspiring College teachers are among the five winners of The Education Hub’s inaugural Bright Spots Awards.

Conscious that the language of NCEA assessment was targeted at educators and somewhat impenetrable for students and their parents, the team, led by MAC acting Head of English Chris Waugh, is developing a micro-credentialing system for use in secondary school classrooms.

The system involves a series of digital “badges” which are closely aligned with NCEA and the curriculum, and are designed to support assessment of students across a range of curriculum areas.

“Micro-credentialing allows students to direct their own learning, promotes greater whanau understanding of and involvement in assessment, and taps into the expertise of teachers by drawing on their deep knowledge of curriculum and assessment,” The Education Hub chair Maury Leyland said.

“The school has seen positive engagement from students introduced to the concept so far. The Bright Spots Award will enable the team at Mount Aspiring College to further develop, evaluate and extend their micro-credentialing programme in 2019.”

The Wanaka teachers will receive funding and a two-year professional development programme which will support them to develop the initiative.

Pictured: Chris Waugh.


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