A new digital platform is about to be launched by The Education Hub, an education not-for-profit organisation that aims to foster innovation and improvement in New Zealand schools by bridging the gap between research and practice in education.
As well as readable digests summarising the latest research, the platform will include infographics, videos and animation, school case studies and examples of research being applied in New Zealand schools, interviews with researchers and checklists for teachers.
“We want to make sure teachers have better access to the great research going on in New Zealand, so that their jobs are easier and students benefit,” says Dr Nina Hood, The Education Hub’s founder.
A 2017 survey by The Education Hub found that more than 80 per cent of teachers struggled to keep up with latest information and innovation in teaching practice.
“School teachers are very busy,” Hood says. “Our new online platform will make sure teachers have access to the information they need, in the right format, at the right time.”
Key topics have been identified through research into teachers’ needs. The first five online information areas are:
- Assessment for learning and feedback.
- High-impact teaching practices, including high expectations teaching.
- Teaching as Inquiry and using evidence in schools.
- Learning skills.
- Science of learning, how we learn.
The launch of the platform will be accompanied by a series of live events throughout the year. These will include seminars and workshops by top researchers and Q+A sessions run by expert educators, who can provide more practical strategies and support.
New topics will be introduced to the online platform throughout the year, including early childhood education, digital technology, learning environments, culturally responsive pedagogy, leadership, and home-school partnerships.
The Education Hub was launched in May 2017 in response to research showing there was a big gap between some of the excellent research being done in New Zealand and the findings being put into practice in schools. Ironically the country’s education system is hampered in its own learning, says Hood.
Unlike other industries, education does not have an R&D infrastructure to support the sharing of knowledge and to facilitate system-wide innovation. The Education Hub, a small not-for-profit start-up, aims to bridge the gap between research and practice and to facilitate better opportunities and outcomes for students.
Other plans for the year include establishing professional learning circles to bring teachers together who want to explore particular topics to collaborate and share their learning and receive advice and support from experts.
“It’s an exciting and slightly uncertain time for education with changing social, political and economic conditions, together with technological advancements,” says Hood.
“The Education Hub exists to empower teachers to face new challenges with the very latest evidence-based thinking and practice. We look forward to supporting teachers in making change happen.”