Professional Growth Cycle

The Professional Growth Cycle (PGC) for teachers has been in place since February 2021. Teachers are encouraged to gain support for their professional growth cycle by consulting the professional leader in their own setting, and by consulting the Teacher PGC resource material. For those who wish to learn more about the Elements please view this: Pre-recorded PGC for teachers. An explanation of the Growth Cycle can be found here: Professional Growth Cycle for Teachers — Elements

If you, your team and colleagues require further information or specific support, please contact us on pgc@teachingcouncil.nz with PGC Support in the subject line.

PGC for Leaders – Professional Growth that makes a difference

An opportunity for Principals, Tumuaki and ECE Professional Leaders to explore the Professional Growth Cycle (PGC) model and gain clarification on its key principles.

This webinar highlights core similarities between the Teacher and Leader PGCs. In the session, participants will understand how professional networks can facilitate efficient leader PGCs and learn how boards/employers connect to the Leader PGC model.  The webinar offers chances for participants to share thinking with colleagues.

Invitations to webinars will be sent out as the webinars are scheduled. 

Tupuranga Ngaio

Tupuranga Ngaio is the Professional Growth Cycle for Māori Medium. To register for these webinars, head to our Tupuranga Ngaio page.

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Early Childhood Education beginning teachers

NZEI Te Riu Roa and the Teaching Council Matatū Aotearoa are co-facilitating a webinar series to help new teachers network, share and learn.

Each webinar introduces you to a wide variety of ECE expertise and invites you to contribute questions for the presenter. Each webinar is less than one hour long. 

While the focus is on beginning teachers in early childhood education, all beginning teachers are welcome to attend. 

If you have any questions, please contact Karina Bird or Simon Cottle

First webinar

Topic: ‘Welcome to the professional world of teaching’

Presented by: Dr Alex Gunn, former early childhood teacher who teaches and researches at the University of Otago in Ōtepoti Dunedin. She has research interests in early childhood curriculum, teachers’ practices and beliefs, assessment, inclusion (with a particular focus on sexualities and genders) and teacher education development and practice. 

Watch a recorded version of the first webinar. 

Second Webinar

Topic: 'Evidence in the age of the Professional Growth Cycle' 

Presented by: Dr Christina Thornley, is a Lead Advisor, Teacher Capability and Collaboration at the Teaching Council. Chris leads the Council’s Our Code Our Standards, | Ngā Tikanga Matatika Ngā Paerewa engagement with teachers. More recently this has also involved presenting information about the new the Professional Growth Cycle. Previously, Chris was a primary teacher in English medium schools and then taught in initial teacher education. She later focused on research into teacher professional learning, adolescent literacy knowledge and facilitated professional learning projects across the schooling sectors. 

In the past, some evidence collection teachers had done was to “prove themselves”, rather than be useful for reflection or growth. In this webinar to support beginner ECE teachers, Dr Chris Thornley will look at what your evidence looks like in a post-performance appraisal era of teaching.

Watch a recorded version of the second webinar.

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Te Puna Mātauranga

Te Puna Mātauranga  is a collaboration between the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, Victoria University of Wellington, the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, and the Education Review Office. The goal of Te Puna Mātauranga is to connect thought leadership across research, policy, and practice to deepen understanding and learn about big ideas in education. Anyone with an interest in evidence based education is welcome to join in.

See the Te Puna Mātauranga website for details on upcoming symposia, recordings of past symposia, and more information about the project.

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