Professional Growth Cycle

The Professional Growth Cycle (PGC) for teachers has been in place since February 2021. Our webinars are designed to deepen understandings and to support teachers | kaiako to work with others from across the profession in enhancing the practice at their place. 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

PGC webinars are designed to meet the needs of the profession. They may be adapted and re-designed over time to reflect these changing needs.

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

Professional Growth Cycle for Teachers – Professional Growth that makes a difference.

An opportunity for teachers and their senior leaders to deepen and strengthen their own understanding of the fundamentals of the Professional Growth Cycle (PGC) in their setting.

This three-part webinar series look at how to keep the PGC effective, efficient, and focused on outcomes for learners. The three online episodes explore the PGC’s required elements, the flexibility offered by the PGC model, and how the elements are interdependent. Each webinar episode provides opportunities for participants to share thinking with colleagues.

Participants can attend all three episodes of the series, or individual episodes (as below):

  • Understanding the Standards in your context (emphasis on PGC Element A)
  • Engaging in professional learning focused on learner outcomes (emphasis on PGC Element C)
  • Growing teacher practice through observations and feedback (emphasis on PGC Element D)

PGC for Teachers: Understanding the Standards | Ngā Paerewa in your context (emphasis on Element A)

This episode will also provide participants with an opportunity to learn more about the design and intent of the Standards | Ngā Paerewa as they were written, and assists teachers and senior leaders to explore how the Standards can be commonly understood in everyday practice in your unique setting. Provocations in this episode include:

  • What actions, processes and practices are in place in your setting which assists your teachers to have a common understanding of the Standards | Ngā Paerewa?
  • What are useful considerations when defining what meeting and using the Standards in your practice looks like?
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PGC for Teachers: Engaging in professional learning focused on learner outcomes (emphasis on Element C)

This webinar episode invites participants to broaden their understanding of the relationship between their professional learning, professional practice, and outcomes for their learners. Provocations in this episode include:

  • What could ‘professional learning’ look like at your place, and how flexibly can teachers and leaders view their professional learning?
  • How can you know that teacher learning is making a positive impact for learners
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PGC for Teachers: Observations and Feedback to grow teacher practice (emphasis on Element D)

This webinar episode recognises the critical importance for teachers of high-quality feedback on their everyday practice, and how experienced/skilled teachers deserve quality feedback too. Provocations in this episode include:

  • In what ways can ‘observation’ become a natural and regular input for my professional growth?
  • How can staff build and maintain the skills to provide high-quality feedback to colleagues on each other’s practice?
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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.

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Wed, 25/05/2022 (4-5pm)
Wed, 01/06/2022 (6-7pm)
Thu, 09/06/2022 (6-7pm)
Thu, 16/06/2022 (4-5pm)
Tue, 21/06/2022 (4-5pm)
Tue, 28/06/2022 (6-7pm)
Wed, 06/07/2022 (6-7pm)

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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Initial Teacher Education Symposia Series

ITE & partnership symposium

The following videos are recordings from the online partnership symposium the Teaching Council hosted in November 2021.  The four sessions cover different aspects of partnership within an ITE context, including Iwi, Inclusive Education and School/Centre partnerships.

Click here to watch session - Powering up ITE Partnerships: Problems and Possibilities

Click here to watch session - Iwi Partnerships

Click here to watch session - Inclusive Education

Click here to watch session - School Partnership Sharing Session

2022 ITE Symposia Series

Click here to watch session - ITE Meet and Greet Hui

Click here to watch session - Language Competency

Click here to watch session - Cultural Equity