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Growing Science through Professional Learning and Development

Growing Science
through Professional
Learning and Development

House of Science is an
approved MoE PLD provider

This means that schools, kura, kāhui ako and clusters of schools can access the Ministry of Education’s regionally allocated professional development funded support.

LOWER HUTT, NEW ZEALAND - November 24: Hutt Science photo shoot November 24, 2020 in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. (Photo by Mark Tantrum/ http://marktantrum.com)

What teachers can expect

  • A wrap-around, supportive programme based on extensive evidence and research
  • A highly experienced primary science teacher/facilitator to work with the teacher, in the classroom
  • A programme that is co-constructed and tailored to the unique needs of the teacher, school and community
  • Assistance with the PLD application process.

We use a hands-on science inquiry model to deliver against the Ministry’s National Priorities of local curriculum design and assessment for learning.

House of Science

PLD Facilitators

Dr Anne Ryan

Anne has extensive experience teaching science in New Zealand secondary schools and international experience in the UK. As Head of Science at Manawatu College for many years she was involved with running Science Fair for all schools in the area and Primary School Science extension classes and ‘taster’ science classes. Anne also has capability with implementing mātauranga Māori into the science curriculum and has taught bilingual science, as well as teaching in Primary Schools and at Tertiary level. Anne has widespread experience in research and evaluation projects and received a Doctorate from Massey University in 2015.

National Priorities

  1. Local curriculum design
  2. Assessment for learning

Karen Scott

Karen has previously taught at Te Puke Primary school for 19 years, as a classroom teacher of Yr3-6 and as the school’s eEducator and Science specialist teacher. She completed the Royal Society’s Science Teacher Leadership Programme (STLP) in 2016 and following this, led the school in developing an agentic science curriculum that was seamlessly integrated into Literacy and Numeracy through the school’s Explorer Model (Inquiry). Karen is passionate and committed to supporting schools with science as she sees science as essential to developing the real-world learning skills students need for success in the 21st century.

National Priorities

  1. Local curriculum design
  2. Assessment for learning

Carol Brieseman

Carol has been a Primary teacher for over 30 years and at Hampton Hill School for the past 22 years, including the last few years as the Across School Lead for Tawa Kahui Ako. Science is a subject that Carol is very passionate about, and this is contagious with her students and colleagues too. She enjoys integrating Science with other curriculum areas – especially in helping kids experience success in literacy through scientific investigations. Professionally Carol has been involved with numerous science education organisations including NZAPSE, planning the annual national Primary Science Week; Capital City Science Educators (CCSE); Scicon; and the Argo Education Panel (International) to name just a few. In 2012 Carol undertook the Royal Society Primary Science Teacher Fellowship and in 2014 received the Primary Science Teacher Fellowship Alumni Award. In 2018 she was awarded the Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Award.

National Priorities

  1. Local curriculum design
  2. Assessment for learning

Julz Jameson

Julz has been a Primary and Intermediate teacher for over 20 years with a particular passion and enthusiasm for teaching science. Since 2018 Julz has been at Highlands Intermediate in New Plymouth where she has had a number of leadership roles and responsibilities including Education outside of the classroom ako lead and Overseeing Mentor/ PCT programme.  In 2014 Julz took part in the Royal Society Science Teaching Fellowship and in 2017 was a Teacher Assessor for the National Monitoring Study in Science.

National Priorities

  1. Local curriculum design
  2. Assessment for learning

Gail Thomson

Gail has numerous years of teaching experience across all ages of primary. She has been fortunate to have worked both in the urban as well as the rural setting in a variety of roles, from classroom teacher, Senior Teacher, A.P.  as well as a Teaching Principal.

A Primary Science Teacher Fellow in 2011, Gail was based at Massey Campus in Albany. She has continued this passion for science in the classroom helping to stimulate and motivate our young scientists of the future.

National Priorities

    Mihi Hannah

    Mihi has taught at Primary and Intermediate level, and most recently online with Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu. With a driving passion for science education, Mihi has always embedded science into the core of her teaching practice. In 2014, Mihi took part in the Royal Society Science Teaching Fellowship with a focus on Water testing. From there she has held Science Lead roles at both Intermediate and Primary school where she also led Enviroschools, helping them to reach Green Gold status. For years, Mihi was on the Te Tairawhiti Science and Technology Fair committee. During her stint as Head Coordinator she facilitated a full online refresh. When House of Science was seeking a Branch Manager, she answered the call.

    National Priorities

    1. Local curriculum design
    2. Assessment for learning

    To find out more contact the PLD Manager Anne Ryan

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