New Zealand - China

Early Childhood Education

Symposium 2022

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New Zealand - China Early Childhood Education (ECE) Symposium 2022

Friday 23 September 1:00pm - 7:20pm NZT

Virtual platform: Zoom

Sponsor: Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao, New Zealand Embassy in China; China Centre for International People to People Exchange

Co-Organiser: Guangxi Normal University

2022 Symposium Theme: Together for a Shared Future: Sustainable Development in Early Childhood Education and Care

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Friday 23 September 2022

13:00-19:20 NZT


13:00-13:30 Opening Ceremony

Official Remarks

Remarks by SUN Jieyuan, Vice President Guangxi Normal University

Remarks by CHEN Dali, Deputy Director General, Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Ministry of Education of China

Remarks by Ms. Lisa Futschek, General Manager, International, Education New Zealand

Remarks by Mr. DU Kewei, Director General, China Center for International People-to-People Exchange (CCIPE), China Ministry of Education

Remarks by WU Jinchang, Deputy Director General, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Department of Education

13:30-14:10 Policy Overview

ECE Development Trends in New Zealand and China

LI Tianshun, Vice President the Chinese Society of Education, former Counsellor, Department of Basic Education, Ministry of Education China

Jane Ewens, Interim Manager Early Learning, Te Poutāhū (Curriculum), Ministry of Education, New Zealand & John Brooker, Group Manager, Education System Investment, Ministry of Education, New Zealand

14:10-14:20 Tea Break

14:20-15:00 Keynote

Support Mechanisms for Sustainable Development of ECE

HOU Limin, Professor, Guangxi Normal University, Chairperson, China National Society of Early Childhood Education “Sustainable Development of ECE in China”

Ms Glynne Mackey, Senior Lecturer & Dr Andrea Delaune, Lecturer, University of Canterbury “A systems-based model for using UNESCO's Sustainable Development Goals in early childhood teacher education”

15:00-15:40 Keynote

Sustainable ECE Development and Children’s Cultural Cognition

Ms Diana Entwistle, Academic Portfolio Manager – Early Childhood Education Teaching, Universal College of Learning (UCOL) “Culturally Responsive Curriculum in the Early Years”

JIANG Yong, Professor, East China Normal University “Preschool Children’s Cultural Cognition and the Power of Education Awakening”

15:40-17:00 Lunch Break (China side)

17:00-18:00 Thematic Session 1

Topic: Kindergarten Curriculum and Games from the Perspective of Sustainable Development

“Fostering a Good Natural Environment Curriculum in Kindergartens”, XU Qianqian, Manager, Pujiang County Kindergarten, Sichuan Province

“Growing joyful guardians of sustainability in rural Aotearoa New Zealand” Ms Christine Vincent Snow, Lecturer, New Zealand Tertiary College & Ms Phoebe Tong, Program Leader of the Postgraduate program, New Zealand Tertiary College

“Improving Curriculum Quality in Rural Kindergartens of Western China”, ZHENG Ming, Professor, Northwest Normal University

"Developing understanding of digital technologies through innovative teaching practice at ECE level” Dr Nasser Giacaman, Science Leader for ByteEd & Director of Software Engineering University of Auckland and Mrs Sarah Washbrooke, ByteEd Product development lead & Teaching Fellow in Technology Education at University of Waikato

“Using Traditional Children’s Play in Kindergarten Curriculum”, KANG Haiyan, Manager, Dongcheng Township Kindergarten, Xiangshan County, Zhejiang Province

“Curriculum and Games from a Sustainable Development Perspective” Marek Tesar, Professor, Associate Dean International, and Academic Head at the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland

18:00-19:00 Thematic Session 2

Topic: Sustainable Development of Langauge Education in Kindergarten Children

“Every child a confident and competent learner and communicator” Ms. Nola Harvey, Honorary Academic. Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland and OMEP Aotearoa

“Language and Reading Curriculum Design for Rural Children in Ethnic Regions”, WU Huiyuan and ZHOU Ying, Research Team, Guangxi Normal University

“My language and my culture are my identity” Ms Arapera Card, Pouhere Kaupapa Māori/Senior Advisor Māori, and Ms Fiona Card, Pouako/Cultural Advisor/Lecturer, Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand

“Reading and Play Intervention, an Approach to Improve the Psychological Resilience of Migrant Children, WANG Jue and ZHU Qi, Kindergarten Managers from Jiading and Qingpu Districts, Shanghai

“Reading and writing float on a sea of talk” Dr Sean Dolan, Academic Dean and Shu-yen Law, Lecturer, New Zealand Tertiary College

19:00-19:20 Closing Ceremony

XIA Juan, Deputy Director General, China Center for International People-to-People Exchange, Ministry of Education of China

Miranda Herbert, Counsellor (Education), New Zealand Embassy China

Presenters from New Zealand

Lisa Futschek, Education New Zealand

Lisa Futschek is the General Manager International of Education New Zealand. Lisa joined ENZ in 2013 after an 18-year diplomatic career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade which included five years as the Deputy Head of Mission at the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin, and three years as First Secretary and Consul at the New Zealand Embassy in Santiago.

As General Manager International, Lisa leads a global team of 30, based across more than 15 locations around the world, focussed on profiling New Zealand as an education partner and ensuring international education contributes to New Zealand’s international relations goals.

Lisa has been instrumental in expanding ENZ’s offshore network in Asia and establishing a permanent presence in North America. She brings a strong internationalisation lens to ENZ’s work, emphasizing the critical role of relationships and partnership for mutual benefit.

A graduate of Otago and Auckland universities, Lisa and her husband Regan are based in Wellington with their two teenagers, a son in tertiary studies and a daughter in year 11 at high school.

Dr Jane Ewens, New Zealand Ministry of Education

Dr Jane Ewens has worked in early childhood and teacher education, and education policy for over 30 years. She has worked in parent-led, kindergarten and home-based education settings and is currently working as the Manager Early Learning Curriculum for the New Zealand Ministry of Education. Her research interests include effective teaching and bicultural curriculum.

John Brooker, New Zealand Ministry of Education

John Brooker is the Group Manager, Education System Investment, at the Ministry of Education, Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga. His role includes responsibility for policy and strategy across a number of areas of New Zealand’s education system including early learning and schooling funding and infrastructure. John is also responsible for the managing the annual government Budget process for the Education Portfolio, from early learning through to tertiary education.

John has a 20+ year career in public policy, most of it in New Zealand. He has previously managed teams responsible for tertiary education funding, legislation and ownership, and access and participation to the tertiary education system in New Zealand. John also spent time in the United Kingdom working as a Senior Analyst in local government.

He completed his own tertiary studies at the University of Waikato, graduating with a Bachelor of Management Studies and Master of Management Studies, majoring in economics. He now resides in Wellington, where he lives with Jolanda and their two children.

Glynne Mackey, University of Canterbury

Glynne Mackey is a senior lecturer in early childhood education at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. She has extensive experience in teacher education and developed courses in environmental education, sustainability and social justice. She has participated internationally in UNESCO initiatives to focus on reorienting teacher education towards sustainability and in promoting education for sustainability through the World Organisation for Early Childhood, OMEP. Her research has focused on children’s voices and children’s agency in taking action for a better world.

Andrea Delaune, University of Canterbury

Andrea Delaune is a lecturer at the University of Canterbury, dedicated to raising social justice awareness, with a specific focus upon transformative change and pedagogical possibilities in a wide range of disciplines and research areas. Her research broadens our appreciation of the complexities of learning and teaching, disrupting binary and didactic enactments and promoting a pedagogy of attention.

Andrea is involved in projects on sustainability, anti-racism commitment, philosophy of education, early childhood education, teacher advocacy, and speculative thinking for educational change. She has researched gifted education, morality and ethics education, and conceptualisations of wellbeing.

Diana Entwistle, Universal College of Learning

Early Childhood Education & Care has been a passion of Diana Entwistle for over 20 years. Diana has an interest in child development and how this is shaped by communities of learning in the early years. Having worked closely in a diverse range of early childhood settings with children, families and teachers Diana understands the key role of curriculum, informing and guiding practice.

Diana’s presentation focuses on how the delivery of the primary language approach of Universal College of Learning’s NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4) programme has supported educator understanding of curriculum in theory and practice in the homebased sector in New Zealand communities.

Christine Vincent-Snow, New Zealand Tertiary College

Christine Vincent-Snow is a Lecturer of Teaching at New Zealand Tertiary College and an active conservationist with a focus on sustainable development. Christine has been involved in early childhood education as a teacher and leader for over twenty-five years. She has published a number of articles on sustainability and the influence of the environment on children’s holistic wellbeing and play based learning. Christine’s professional interests and passions lie in the professional development of student teachers, culturally responsive practice, sustainable practices and play-based learning and development.

Phoebe Tong, New Zealand Tertiary College

Phoebe Tong is the program leader of Postgraduate program at New Zealand Tertiary College. Phoebe has worked in early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand as a teacher and lecturer for many years. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Auckland. Phoebe’s doctoral study explores Chinese immigrants’ perspectives of becoming and being a teacher in Aotearoa New Zealand early childhood education. This study will contribute to a deeper understanding of teacher identities, particularly how to support immigrant and ethnic minority teachers so that they develop positive self-images as valued members of the teaching profession. Phoebe also works in the editorial group of the journal He Kupu.

Nasser Giacaman, University of Auckland & ByteEd

Nasser is a Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he is currently Director of Software Engineering as well as the Software Engineering Masters Advisor.

Extremely passionate about teaching, he has won a number of teaching excellence awards and dedicates his research efforts towards digital educational engineering.

Nasser is the Science Lead at BytedEd, supporting research an innovation in computer science.

Sarah Washbrooke, University of Waikato & ByteEd

Sarah is a STEM and technology educator with over 25 years teaching experience in both the United Kingdom and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Teachers across NZ have been supported through personalised professional learning, webinars, hands-on workshops, and conferences in the areas of STEM and Technology. Sarah also volunteers on Technology Education New Zealand (TENZ) Council and supports a variety of initiatives including MBIE Curious Minds assessor, Samsung NZ Solve for Tomorrow competition and ICE Bridges to schools & Sustainability game projects.

Sarah has been nominated for several teaching excellence awards and was awarded the Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize in 2020. Sarah is Product Development Lead for ByteEd, designing and developing resources for teachers and students in Digital Technologies and is a Teaching Fellow at University of Waikato in Technology Education. Sarah is a Ministry of Education approved professional learning and development facilitator supporting schools with Local Curriculum Design, STEM, Digital Technologies.

Nola Harvey, University of Auckland

Nola is an Honorary Academic, School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland specialising in the area of languages and literacies in the early years and researching bilingual experiences of bi/multilingual children and teachers. See text for teachers. Teachers voyaging in plurilingual seas. Nola has been a member of OMEP Aotearoa since 1997, and is past President 2016 -2020 of OMEP Tamaki Makaurau. Nola joined Play Aotearoa (Branch of IPA) Te Ropu Tākaro 2003 and is Secretary 2015-2022. She is a member of the Centre for Refugee Education Advisory Committee.

Marek Tesar, University of Auckland

Marek Tesar is a Professor and the Associate Dean International, and Academic Head at the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland. His expertise is in early childhood education in both New Zealand as well as in cross-country contexts. His work focuses on educational policy, philosophy, pedagogy, methodology and curriculum, and draws on his background as a qualified teacher as well as his extensive knowledge of international education systems. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed publications. His scholarly work has received numerous prestigious national and international awards and accolades. He edits 4 educational book series with renowned publishers, and is Editor of 6 academic journals including Editor-in-Chief of Policy Futures in Education (SAGE). As of 2020, he is President of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA), and currently chairs the Steering Committee of the Reconceptualising Early Childhood Education society (RECE).

Fiona Card, Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand

Fiona Card (Btchg ECE), is of Ngāpuhi, Tūhoe, Tainui, Ngāti Pākeha descent. She has worked in the early childhood sector for over 20 years and recently was successful in securing the role of Pouako/Cultural Advisor and Lecturer in the Mātauranga Māori Teaching and Learning courses of Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand in our Hamilton teaching office. Fiona provides a learning environment for her students that encourages an authentic experience of kaupapa Māori teaching practices and protocols. Fiona is passionate about her cultural background that shapes who she is.

Arapera Card, Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand

Arapera Card, (Masters of Indigenous Studies), (BTchg Early Years), (DipTchg Te reo Māori). Arapera is of Ngāpuhi, Tūhoe, and Tainui decent. Arapera is responsible for ensuring that Te Rito Maioha (ECNZ) maintains its bicultural integrity by providing cultural leadership leading the implementation and application of the organisation’s Bicultural Strategic Plan and Pacific Strategic Plan. Arapera champions the integration of tikanga (protocols), and kaupapa (practices) among teachers, students and children, growing knowledge and learning of the language, culture and identity of the indigenous peoples of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Dr Sean Dolan, New Zealand Tertiary College

Dr Sean Dolan is the Academic Dean of New Zealand Tertiary College and the editor of the journal He Kupu. Sean has been involved in education as a teacher and leader for over two decades. Sean’s professional interests and passions lie in the professional development of student teachers for the early childhood sector and the area of first and second language acquisition. Sean has recently published on the topic of adaptive expertise in early childhood teachers and how this can be best fostered and developed for students in initial teacher education.

Shu-Yen Law, New Zealand Tertiary College

Shu-Yen Law is a Lecturer of Teaching at New Zealand Tertiary College and has a decade of experience working with teachers, student teachers, and children aged 0-6 years. Her professional and research interests include critical literacy, culturally responsive practices, teacher leadership and professionalism. Her previous works give insights to children’s comprehension of visual texts and offer strategies to how critical literacy can be promoted through picture book reading sessions. She is currently researching a refugee family’s sense of belonging in hope to provide further implications for early childhood provision that is meaningful and culturally relevant.

Miranda Herbert, Education New Zealand

Miranda took up her appointment as Director – Greater China in June 2019. She is based in the New Zealand Embassy Beijing concurrently as Education Counsellor. In this role Miranda is responsible for leading ENZ’s team based in China in their education diplomacy, maintaining public relations, and business development efforts. Miranda came to ENZ with over 15 years' international education experience both in New Zealand and China. Her role has allowed her to extend her capabilities, providing leadership at a national level. This is Miranda’s first role for ENZ, having previously spent 11 and a half years at the University of Auckland, most recently as Deputy Director (International Marketing and Business Development). She has also worked in the private education sector and spent over four years living and working in China from 1999-2003.

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