New Zealand schools impress local educators

Posted: November 6, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Daniel Birch, principal of Hobsonville Point Primary School in Auckland, New Zealand, speaks to a group of Arkansas educators visiting his school last month. The group of mostly teachers and school administrators traveled to New Zealand to tour schools and learn more about the country's educational system.
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Daniel Birch, principal of Hobsonville Point Primary School in Auckland, New Zealand, speaks to a group of Arkansas educators visiting his school last month. The group of mostly teachers and school administrators traveled to New Zealand to tour schools and learn more about the country's educational system.

A recent trip to New Zealand gave some Northwest Arkansas educators a chance to observe how schools there approach teaching and learning, inspiring ideas for changes in their own schools.

Jennifer Marien and Muhammad Ramadan, teachers at the Thaden School in Bentonville, stand outside the Kaurilands School in Auckland, New Zealand, last...

New Zealand

Population: 4.6 million

Capital: Wellington

Official languages: English, Maori, New Zealand Sign Language

Geographic area: 103,799 square miles (nearly twice the size of Arkansas)

Number of schools: 2,539

Famous natives: Lucy Lawless (actress), Ernest Rutherford (scientist, pioneer of nuclear physics), Lorde (contemporary singer/songwriter), Edmund Hillary (mountaineer, first nonnative to reach the summit of Mount Everest)

Fun fact: “Kiwi” is the nickname for a person from New Zealand. It comes from the name of a flightless bird native to the country.

Source: Staff report

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