Area Council Briefing

Summary

This pre-conference briefing helps set the scene for Annual Conference and explores your role as an NZEI Te Riu Roa leader.

Session Plan

This session plan is a guide for Area Council Chairs when briefing conference attendees.

The objectives of this session are:

  • For Area Council Chairs to brief attendees on the purpose of Annual Conference
  • For attendees to build an understanding of their role and responsibilities as NZEI Te Riu Roa leaders

1)

Explain the significance of Annual Conference

Annual Conference is the most important gathering of NZEI Te Riu Roa leaders.

You may have heard NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart say,

There's no cavalry coming over the hill. If we want to make a difference in education, we are it. We are the cavalry.

At Annual Conference, 400 leaders from all across Aotearoa New Zealand will:

  • shape the policy and direction of NZEI Te Riu Roa in the Annual Meeting sessions
  • explore the challenges and opportunities in education,
  • strategise and plan the pathway forward to overcome these challenges and make the most of opportunities, and
  • put these plans into action to make a real difference in children's learning and educators' working conditions.

2)

Explore attendees leadership role at Annual Conference

The purpose of this year's conference is a strong, empowered, and active membership led by you.

All of us have a role to fulfill this purpose. Chat with the person next to you and answer this question: "What is your role as a leader at Annual Conference?"

Report back the discussions and record answers on a whiteboard.

3)

Exploring challenges and opportunities

As NZEI Te Riu Roa leaders, you have three main responsibilities at Annual Conference:

  • explore the challenges and opportunities in education,
  • strategise and plan the pathway forward to overcome these challenges and make the most of opportunities, and
  • put these plans into action to make a real difference in children's learning and educators' working conditions.

When you attend Annual Conference, your first role is to listen to the presentations to identify the challenges and opportunities in education. We're going to start that thinking now. On the Graphic Organiser, I'd like you to list all of the challenges and opportunities that you are currently aware of in education.

Report back and share ideas among attendees.

Take this Graphic Organiser with you to Annual Conference and, as you're listening to the presentations, keep listing the challenges and opportunities you hear. On the Tuesday of the conference, we're going to narrow all of these challenges and opportunities into the three big challenges that our Area Council will tackle. We'll also identify the first steps we all need to make to start overcoming these challenges.

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