Friday 21st July

8.00am - 8.15am   Conference Opening 
Mihi Whakatau
8.15am - 8.20amNZSTA President address
Lorraine Kerr, MNZM
8.20am - 8.25amNZSTA CEO Address
Elise Adams
8.25am - 9.20am Keynote Presentation 
Paula Tesoriero, Chief Executive, Whaikaha - The Ministry of Disabled People
9.20am - 10.05amMorning Tea
10.05am - 11.15amKeynote Presentation
Doug Howlett
11.15am - 12.00pmKeynote presentation
Minister Jan Tinetti
12.00pm - 12.45pmLunch
12.45pm - 1.30pmKeynote Presentation
Minister Kelvin Davis
1.30pm - 2.30pmNZSTA Regional Meetings
2.30pm - 4.00pm   Seminars & Masterclasses
Seminar 1
Governing to realise the right to education of every child
Ced Simpson, NZSTA  &
Tina Maree Thatcher, Principal, Karapiro School                                                                                                                                  

We are here because our children have the right to education (Education & Training Act 2020 Sec 32-3) But, what does it mean for school leadership?
What are the implications for policy and practice?
For Maori? For Pasifika? Inclusive education?
For kids and parents in general? This workshop will draw
on the law, possible policy statements and what things can, could and should look like in schools

Seminar 2
Determination and Termination
Ngaire Cooper, NZSTA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
As a board there will be times when you may need to navigate an employment process to make a determination on a matter of discipline/conduct from a staff member or potentially terminate a staff member. So, what should you expect from your Principal and what process do you need to follow to keep the board maintaining its good employer status and your obligations under the various legislation and collective agreements?

Seminar 3
Reshaping complaints: A starting point for community feedback
Michael O'Brien, NZSTA & Alan Curtis NZSTA Provider                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
The primary purpose of a boards concern and complaints policy is to encourage open communication. But does it? How can a board reshape its approach to complaints and ultimately restore everyone’s mana? During this session we’ll look at an effective complaints process that is focused on different outcomes. Outcomes that foster communication and strengthen community engagement

Seminar 4
Staffing your school - The board as the employer
Lisa Dunn, NZSTA & Amol Shejwal, NZSTA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Ask yourself…..Do your school’s employment processes ensure that you are operating within the law and reflect best practice? Do you operate within a positive governance management partnership? Who’s involved? Have you checked your delegations? What does your Employment and Appointment policy say? Are there issues or unique circumstances that need to be considered? This session will cover the Board and Principal’s roles and responsibilities, the recruitment and appointment process, relevant collective agreements, job descriptions, letters of offer, employment contracts and professional standards. Attendees will leave with a customisable appointment flow chart and checklist.

Seminar 5
Why every school should have a code of conduct
Grant Hay, NZSTA                                                                                      
Hands up if your school has a code of conduct for staff?
Keep your hands up if it is the Teaching Council code of Professional Responsibility?
Can the Teaching Councils Code of Professional Responsibility
be applied to any staff that are not teachers? Say Teacher Aides or Support Staff??
How does the Teaching Councils Code of Professional Responsibility fit
as a set of rules for your school. Key reasons for having a
Code of Conduct –it is specific to your school, it embraces the character
of your school and its expectations, Special Character schools will have
some specific items that they may include in this that mainstream
schools would not. Religious beliefs or tikanga???

Seminar 6
Law: What is it good for?                  
Maynard Scott, NZSTA                                                                                                                           
Love it or loathe it, the law will be a constant companion with you
on your journey as a board member. This session, for non-lawyers, is designed to empower you and demystify law. 
After an explanation of law is made in NZ, and how different laws
interact with each other, you will learn some of the key tricks of the
trade on how to read, understand and apply law using the five
laws you will deal with the most:
• Children’s act 2014
• Education & Training Act 2020
• Employment Relations Act 2020
• Health & Safety at Work Act 2015
• Official Information Act 1982• Privacy Act 2020

Seminar 7: Masterclass
Resetting the education agenda
Michael Dreaver                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Masterclass: E tipu e rea – in our children lies our future.
Who does the education system really exist for?
The education system continues to be in a flux of change and
ongoing initiatives – all the while continuing to forget who the
system is for. The role of politics and ever-changing legislation is a
key contributor of this change. Funding and resources are a constant challenge in the sea of demands for principals, teachers, students and of course school boards. Resetting the Education Agenda is a workshop opportunity for members to contribute to an NZSTA position for a new education agenda. What might this look like now and into the future?

Seminar 8
Wellbeing - Creating a reconnection to who you really are
Leigh Patuawa                                                                     
Author of The Handbook Towards Happiness and CEO
of Soul Learning, Leigh Patuawa has created a programme
designed for delivery into schools, the corporate world and
communities to support hauora and wellbeing. In this workshop
she will give an introduction into some wellbeing strategies and
activities you can incorporate in your everyday life, including breathing
exercises and topics on being balanced, letting go of worries,
reconnecting to self, being vulnerable and much more.
Seminar 9
Online Safety - Get in the know
Brent Carey, CEO & Sean Lyons, Chief Online Safety Officer, Netsafe                                                                                            
Harmful Digital Communications can take many different forms
and arise in many different places and spaces. Find out what is
Tending Now. Equip yourself to understand what is: a harmful digital
communication and, how to spot it. Learn what to do when communications involving individuals turns nasty. Find out what you can do to support
individuals to make a complaint to get harmful communications taken down.

Seminar 10
Stop worrying and start loving Cybersecurity
Gregg Duff, Head of Education and Engagement, Network for Learning (N4L)                                                                                                                                                                                           
Title: Stop worrying and start loving Cybersecurity.
Overview: The use of technology within schools rises year
on year with school internet usage now accounting for 20%
of all daytime internet traffic across NZ. With increased access to online learning comes an evolving threat landscape that raises safety and security considerations for your school. As a Board member, here’s three quick facts you should know:
Fact 1: Section 127 of the Education and Training Act 2020 emphasises the school board’s obligation to ensure places
of learning are safe for their communities.
Fact 2: Education is the most cyber-attacked industry globally and
Australia/New Zealand is the most attacked region (Check-Point Research, June 2022).
Fact 3: N4L provide funded services, advice and guidance that’s
specifically designed to raise your school’s cybersecurity and online safety (and put you in control).
Whether you’re new to school governance or an old hand, this workshop will demonstrate how you can lead your
school to a safer, more secure learning environment both now and in the future (without blowing the budget).

Seminar 11
Student Behaviour Management
Cheryl Bunker & Paula Helms, NZSTA                                                                                                                  
It’s one of the hardest tasks on the board; to attend or chair
a suspension meeting. In this workshop we look at what the board’s
role is once the student has been suspended, how to work through this ensuring the board meets its obligations and provides
as much mana to the student as possible. We’ll discuss the steps to follow, what to do when you’re not sure and discuss conditions so you
build on your kete of resources.
We’ll cover off the regulations and guidelines, so you feel confident if the need arises for you to attend a suspension meeting.

Seminar 12
Student Board members and Climate Change
Rachel Bolstad & Jo MacDonald, NZCER 
Student Board Members only                                                                                                                                                                                                            
How can student Board members have a voice in how
our schools and education systems are responding to
climate change? How can young people contribute to
ensure we are designing curriculum and learning spaces for a sustainable future? In this interactive workshop we will ignite ideas and strategies about how you can bring student voice to the Board table.

4.00pm - 4.20pmAfternoon Tea
4.20pm - 6.15pmSeminars & Masterclasses

NZSTA Conference 2023

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