The Ministry of Education’s current PLD priorities include local curriculum design and growing cultural capability, but what does this mean for science?

We will be talking with Shawn Cooper, Senior Curriculum Lead and Science presenter from Home Learning TV. Shawn will share his thoughts and insights on developing a local curriculum and what embedding mātauranga Māori into the science classroom could look like.

Shawn has worked across primary, secondary and tertiary settings in Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand and brings knowledge from his own personal and professional journey as a non-Māori wanting to uphold mana ōrite mō te mātauranga Māori.

This session will be valuable for both primary and secondary school teachers.

Register here

Joining the webinar

Follow these simple steps to join our webinar:

  • Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android by clicking on the link and following the instructions. You can also access Zoom on your phone, just follow the prompts.
  • Find the chat box located in the toolbar at the bottom of your screen. You may need to access this by clicking on ‘More’.
  • Using the chat box, introduce yourself, where you teach and, if you are in a group, how many people are there.
  • Set up your screen for optimal viewing. If you’re using a mobile device, you may wish to view in landscape. We recommend selecting a thumbnail view of the presenters – this way you can easily see what is being shared on the screen.

Then you can:

  1. watch, listen and respond via chat to the presentation and discussion
  2. ask questions using the chat box at any time
  3. continue your learning on Slack – our online discussion forum and join the #mātauranga-māori channel.

The Science Learning Hub team will be there to support you and answer questions.

PLD certification

We currently offer recognition of teachers’ involvement in our online PLD.

To qualify for a professional learning and development certificate, teachers must:

  • register for and watch the live webinar or let us know they have viewed the recorded version once it is published on the website
  • register in Slack and participate in our discussions about #mātauranga-māori or in the Slack learning reflections channel.

If you need any help accessing our Slack forum, please see our help info or email us.

Related content

For an introduction to mātauranga Māori and science, read this article and, to discover many more resources, explore our mātauranga Māori topic. We also have an overview of resources with Māori content.

Dr Pricilla Wehi has contributed to a range of resources on the Science Learning Hub including Mātauranga and the integration of Māori and western knowledge, Dead as the moa – oral traditions show that early Māori recognised extinction and the Connected article Te tapa ingoa.

Watch our related webinars:

Project Mātauranga is a television series that investigates Māori world views and methodologies within the scientific community.

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