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Down Syndrome children thriving

Supporting teaching practice for students with learning disability and Down syndrome

Welcome to the Supporting teaching practice for students with learning disability and Down syndrome (STPDS) programme which is designed to build capability for educators, parents, and students with Down syndrome and learning disability where an increased understanding is an asset.

Down syndrome child with teacher, dog and book having fun.

Upcoming Events

  • Supporting Teaching Practice Seminar for Literacy, Communication and Social Skills within the NZC    (2)
    Supporting Teaching Practice Seminar for Literacy, Communication and Social Skills within the NZC    (2)
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, 13 Jun
    Village Presbyterian CommunityCentre
    13 Jun 2024, 9:00 am – 3:10 pm
    Village Presbyterian CommunityCentre, 460 Papanui Road, Papanui, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand
    13 Jun 2024, 9:00 am – 3:10 pm
    Village Presbyterian CommunityCentre, 460 Papanui Road, Papanui, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand
    Working together as teachers, schools and whānau to enhance capability and wellbeing for children and young people with a learning disability and Down syndrome in the key environments of childhood – home, school and in the community.
  • Education Strategies & Actions that Enable a Good Life
    Education Strategies & Actions that Enable a Good Life
    Tue, 28 May
    Havelock North
    28 May 2024, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Havelock North, 30 Te Mata Road, Havelock North 4130, New Zealand
    28 May 2024, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Havelock North, 30 Te Mata Road, Havelock North 4130, New Zealand
    Dr. Maree Kirk will be sharing New Zealand education practices that focus on inclusive education and how they are linked to the principles of Enabling Good Lives (EGL). She will provide examples to link to the IEP of how ākonga or students, can learn and thrive in this inclusive environment.
  • Supporting Teaching Practice Seminar for Literacy, Communication and Social Skills within the NZC
    Supporting Teaching Practice Seminar for Literacy, Communication and Social Skills within the NZC
    Thu, 09 May
    Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
    09 May 2024, 9:00 am – 10 May 2024, 3:10 pm
    Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, 341 Halswell Road, Halswell, Christchurch 8025, New Zealand
    09 May 2024, 9:00 am – 10 May 2024, 3:10 pm
    Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, 341 Halswell Road, Halswell, Christchurch 8025, New Zealand
    Working together as teachers, schools and whānau to enhance capability and wellbeing for children and young people with a learning disability and Down syndrome in the key environments of childhood – home, school and in the community.
  • Education Strategies & Actions that Enable a Good Life
    Education Strategies & Actions that Enable a Good Life
    Thu, 02 May
    Dunedin
    02 May 2024, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Dunedin, 118 High Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
    02 May 2024, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Dunedin, 118 High Street, Central Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
    Dr. Maree Kirk will be sharing New Zealand education practices that focus on inclusive education and how they are linked to the principles of Enabling Good Lives (EGL). She will provide examples to link to the IEP of how ākonga or students, can learn and thrive in this inclusive environment.
  • Education Strategies & Actions that Enable a Good Life
    Education Strategies & Actions that Enable a Good Life
    Tue, 30 Apr
    Invercargill
    30 Apr 2024, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Invercargill, 59 Dee Street, Invercargill 9810, New Zealand
    30 Apr 2024, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Invercargill, 59 Dee Street, Invercargill 9810, New Zealand
    Dr. Maree Kirk will be sharing New Zealand education practices that focus on inclusive education and how they are linked to the principles of Enabling Good Lives (EGL). She will provide examples to link to the IEP of how ākonga or students, can learn and thrive in this inclusive environment.
  • Down Syndrome Research Forum
    Down Syndrome Research Forum
    Thu, 25 Apr
    Webinar https://www.down-syndrome.org/en-us
    25 Apr 2024, 8:30 pm – 26 Apr 2024, 5:30 am
    Webinar https://www.down-syndrome.org/en-us
    25 Apr 2024, 8:30 pm – 26 Apr 2024, 5:30 am
    Webinar https://www.down-syndrome.org/en-us
    The Down Syndrome Research Forum will be held online on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th April 2024 and is hosted by Down Syndrome Education International. The sessions will be recorded to enable registered participants who are unable to attend all the live sessions to access content later.
  •  SUPPORTING TEACHING PRACTICE INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP.
     SUPPORTING TEACHING PRACTICE INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP.
    Thu, 04 Apr
    Location is TBD
    04 Apr 2024, 9:00 am – 3:10 pm
    Location is TBD
    04 Apr 2024, 9:00 am – 3:10 pm
    Location is TBD
    We invite you to an interactive workshop on inclusive approaches for students with additional needs with consideration of key curriculum strategies to access all opportunities to focus on primary to secondary education.
  • Supporting Teaching Practice Seminar for Literacy, Communication and Social Skills within the NZC
    Supporting Teaching Practice Seminar for Literacy, Communication and Social Skills within the NZC
    Thu, 14 Mar
    St Aidan's Anglican Church and Community
    14 Mar 2024, 9:00 am – 15 Mar 2024, 3:10 pm
    St Aidan's Anglican Church and Community, 63 Brookside Terrace, Bryndwr, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand
    14 Mar 2024, 9:00 am – 15 Mar 2024, 3:10 pm
    St Aidan's Anglican Church and Community, 63 Brookside Terrace, Bryndwr, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand
    Working together as teachers, schools and whānau to enhance capability and wellbeing for children and young people with a learning disability and Down syndrome in the key environments of childhood – home, school and in the community.
  • Trauma Informed Practice Seminar
    Trauma Informed Practice Seminar
    Fri, 24 Nov
    Oaktree Tauranga
    24 Nov 2023, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Oaktree Tauranga, 1237 Cameron Road, Gate Pa, Tauranga 3112, New Zealand
    24 Nov 2023, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Oaktree Tauranga, 1237 Cameron Road, Gate Pa, Tauranga 3112, New Zealand
    Join Lynda Knight – de Blois and Dr Maree Kirk - Keynote Speakers and Professional Facilitators will focus on ‘Trauma Informed Practice’ , Wellbeing and Inclusion providing tailored learning opportunities for teachers, leaders and support staff in Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Services.
  •  Trauma Informed Practice through a Neuro-Science Lens.
     Trauma Informed Practice through a Neuro-Science Lens.
    Fri, 27 Oct
    Clyde Bowling Club
    27 Oct 2023, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Clyde Bowling Club, 11 Whitby Street, Clyde 9330, New Zealand
    27 Oct 2023, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Clyde Bowling Club, 11 Whitby Street, Clyde 9330, New Zealand
    Presented by Keynote speaker and professional development facilitator Jase Williams.
  • Inclusive Literacy Design
    Inclusive Literacy Design
    Wed, 11 Oct
    Webinar
    11 Oct 2023, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Webinar
    11 Oct 2023, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Webinar
    - Interactive multimodal design - Te reo Māori and English resources - Strategies and approaches across regions
  •  INCLUSIVE LITERACY DESIGN INTERACTIVE SEMINAR.
     INCLUSIVE LITERACY DESIGN INTERACTIVE SEMINAR.
    Fri, 15 Sept
    Eastern Bay REAP
    15 Sept 2023, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Eastern Bay REAP, 21 Pyne Street, Whakatāne 3158, New Zealand
    15 Sept 2023, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Eastern Bay REAP, 21 Pyne Street, Whakatāne 3158, New Zealand
    The aim of the NEX - INCLUSIVE LITERACY DESIGN INTERACTIVE SEMINAR is to enhance professional knowledge, skills and resources to problem solve, strategize, and develop rich learning across our local teacher – to – teacher group for Literacy Resource Development of Sensory Packs for students.
  • NEX PLD REGIONAL HUI - TAURANGA
    NEX PLD REGIONAL HUI - TAURANGA
    Thu, 10 Aug
    Classic Flyers
    10 Aug 2023, 9:00 am – 11 Aug 2023, 3:00 pm
    Classic Flyers, 9 Jean Batten Drive Mt Maunganui
    10 Aug 2023, 9:00 am – 11 Aug 2023, 3:00 pm
    Classic Flyers, 9 Jean Batten Drive Mt Maunganui
  •  Trauma Informed Practice
     Trauma Informed Practice
    Wed, 09 Aug
    Webinar
    09 Aug 2023, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Webinar
    09 Aug 2023, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Webinar
    - Holistic, best practice approaches in action today - The silent voice - Trauma Informed Practice - Experience of ākonga with learning disability
  • Getting on With Social Skills - Interactive Workshop.
    Getting on With Social Skills - Interactive Workshop.
    Fri, 21 Jul
    Governors Bay Community Centre
    21 Jul 2023, 9:00 am – 3:15 pm
    Governors Bay Community Centre, 1 Cresswell Avenue, Governors Bay 8971, New Zealand
    21 Jul 2023, 9:00 am – 3:15 pm
    Governors Bay Community Centre, 1 Cresswell Avenue, Governors Bay 8971, New Zealand
    We invite you to an interactive workshop on Social Emotional Learning for ākonga with learning disability and Down syndrome which has been developed to enhance professional knowledge, skill, and develop local resources that have been used across New Zealand schools.
  • NEX PLD REGIONAL HUI - SOUTHLAND
    NEX PLD REGIONAL HUI - SOUTHLAND
    Tue, 27 Jun
    INVERCARGILL
    27 Jun 2023, 9:00 am – 28 Jun 2023, 4:00 pm
    INVERCARGILL, INVERCARGILL NEW ZEALAND
    27 Jun 2023, 9:00 am – 28 Jun 2023, 4:00 pm
    INVERCARGILL, INVERCARGILL NEW ZEALAND
  • NEX PLD REGIONAL HUI - DUNEDIN
    NEX PLD REGIONAL HUI - DUNEDIN
    Tue, 20 Jun
    Dunedin
    20 Jun 2023, 9:00 am – 21 Jun 2023, 4:00 pm
    Dunedin, DUNEDIN NEW ZEALAND
    20 Jun 2023, 9:00 am – 21 Jun 2023, 4:00 pm
    Dunedin, DUNEDIN NEW ZEALAND
  • Capability Transition Pathway - Primary to Secondary Setting
    Capability Transition Pathway - Primary to Secondary Setting
    Wed, 14 Jun
    Webinar
    14 Jun 2023, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Webinar
    14 Jun 2023, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Webinar
    - National and international research drawn on for a local design - Regional LSC, RTLB and SENCOs practice experience and ākonga outcomes - ākonga led design
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