From the President
Kia ora Academy,
As you'll see in this edition, we're putting Talking Teaching and the Academy Symposium in the Limelight. What this obscures is the amount of work that is going on in the background and I'd like to single out James Oldfield and Marie McEntee for a rousing virtual ovation. Without their effort, and extraordinary calm, you wouldn't see quite the same summary below. We are very much looking forward to seeing you, our whanau, for these events, and looking forward to meeting new friends amount the literally hundreds who’re going to be joining us.
The theme of Talking Teaching was inspired by the events in Christchurch on March 15 and now, as at the time, we extend our condolences and support to those affected. I’m anticipating a strong turnout to hear Ekant Veer and colleagues talk about their experience of that time. Less obvious to most will have been the efforts of our own Juliet Gerard, in her capacity as Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, who found herself in the role of collating expertise from around the country to help inform the Governmental response. These are just two examples of how our Academy lives the values that we will be launching in our new strategic agenda at the Academy Day.
It would be remiss not to remind you to keep your eyes peeled to see who will be joining our Academy come October 30, at the new look Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards. I invite you to please drop those folks an email or a call to congratulate them and welcome them to our family.
Finally, thanks to Eric Pawson for his ongoing efforts around Limelight. He notes this is a new dawn for our ‘newsletter’, and that reflects what feels like a time of dramatic change for us as an Academy. Eric has risen to this challenge, and I’m tremendously grateful to have his assistance and goodwill. As to this time of change… we shall talk about this at Academy Day.