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eFellowship 2015 applications

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Tomokia te ao, te ao whatu tāngata, tātai ki runga, tātai ki raro, tātai aho rau, haumi e, hui e, tāiki e.

Tēnei te reo pōhiri ki ngā muka tāngata katoa huri noa kia tono mai mō tēnei wānanga whakangugnu kaiako ki raro i te maru o Tātai Aho Rau o CORE Education.

Tātai Aho Rau is a concept that drives our professional practice at CORE Education and it encapsulates four key elements: Whakapapa, Reo, Tikanga and Wairua. These elements are woven into the CORE Education eFellowship.

The eFellowship offers a unique opportunity for transformative professional development for innovative educators. Running since 2004, the annual programme supports up to ten teachers in early years, primary, and/or secondary to be released from the classroom to conduct an inquiry with academic support and mentoring.

The fellowship provides a comprehensive array of professional learning opportunities, including short-stay residential workshops and participation in a blended learning community. The fellowship supports current and past fellows to foster and disseminate innovative practice and leadership throughout educational communities and networks.

Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on social justice and equity, exploring how what is done everyday in the classroom can bring about transformative outcomes. The fellowship is an invigorating and intellectually stimulating experience that provides inspiration, thought leadership, provocation, challenge, time, support, networking, community, and mentoring to produce sustained and transformative change in education. It is also really fun!

See previous eFellows’ work
2014 eFellows

There is additional information for Māori and Pasifika educators on these pages:


To inspire transformational educational practice through inquiry.


  • To support innovative educational practitioners to carry out transformational inquiries
  • To develop and extend the skills of inquiry
  • To foster reflection and critical thinking
  • To build a network of innovative educational practitioners
  • To encourage and facilitate the dissemination of transformational educational practices

Overview of the programme — what you will experience and receive

  • A responsive programme of structured workshops, dialogue sessions, reflective periods, and field trips to sites of innovative practice, to infuse, challenge, and strengthen your inquiry.
  • Travel, meals and accommodation for four or five regional meetings around the country (including ULearn 2015).
  • Expert academic and pedagogical one-on-one mentoring (virtually and in person at the regional meetings) from CORE’s research team to support your transformative inquiry.
  • Exposure to thought leaders at CORE to challenge you to explore how CORE’s Matrix lenses for transformative education (eg Māori, Pasifika, future focussed learning and modern learning environments, Universal Design for Learning, and e-learning) can enrich your inquiry.
  • Teacher release (TRD or equivalent funding) for the three regional face-to-face meetings conducted during term time (these meetings may be two to four days each, resulting in at least eight days of teacher release in total).
  • Successful Māori and Pasifika applicants will be offered additional mentoring and support (virtual and in person) from the CORE Māori Whānau and the Pasifika Team, to privilege and support Māori and Pasifika ways of being, knowing, and inquiring.
  • A full registration for ULearn 2015, where you will present your inquiry. As noted above, this will coincide with one of the regional meetings — all accommodation, travel and food for your stay at ULearn15 is provided by the fellowship.
  • Past and current eFellows are invited to attend social events to continue to grow this network of innovative e-educators.
  • A certificate officially recognising the award and allowing you to use the honorific eFellow.

What is expected of you

The Fellowship is open to all educators from early childhood settings, primary and secondary schools (including state and private sectors); as well as those teaching children (under 18 years) in other organisations. Applicants must have a commitment to innovative practice, or pedagogical leadership, in e-learning.

Applicants will be curious about, and committed to, exploring innovation in their practice. They will have begun to try out some of their ideas and be looking for support and challenge to continue this work. They will be in a position where they have the time and motivation to carry out a supported inquiry to develop their interest further over the duration of this programme. Applicants must have a desire to share their learnings, approaches, practices and inquiries with the wider teaching community.

Applications will need to include a clear description of the background to, and purpose of, the intended inquiry. Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate how the inquiry may link to at least one of the future focused themes identified by Bolstad et al. (2012):

  • Personalising learning
  • New views of equity, diversity, and inclusivity
  • A curriculum that uses knowledge to develop learning capacity
  • Changing the script: rethinking learners’ and teachers’ roles
  • A culture of continuous learning for teachers and educational leaders
  • New kinds of partnerships and relationships: schools no longer siloed from the community.

For more information on these themes see the full report here.

As you undertake your inquiry you will be expected to:

  • attend all regional meetings at the scheduled times, including ULearn during the term break
  • meet with your academic mentor(s) as agreed
  • complete an inquiry project as agreed
  • present your inquiry at ULearn15
  • share your work openly (eg EDtalks videos, CORE Blog, etc) and support activities that promote effective e-learning in your communities
  • publish your completed inquiry
  • take part in the excitement and fun of the eFellowship!

Criteria for selection

The applications are scored on how well they:

  • show evidence of your experience, reputation and potential in innovative teaching, or pedagogical leadership, in e-learning
  • clearly articulate the background and purpose of the intended inquiry, and any progress to date on following up these inquiry ideas
  • identify the potential for the proposed inquiry to produce significant change in effective and equitable teaching and learning
  • explain how the intended inquiry links to at least one of the future focussed themes outlined in Bolstad et al. 2012
  • show engagement or leadership in professional networks, and how this will be used to get the word out there about your inquiry.

The selection panel

The panel's decision is final. The panel will include:

  • a minimum of two CORE Education representatives (one to chair the panel)
  • a current eFellow not employed by CORE Education, and one prominent member of the education community
  • at least one member of the panel will be able to contribute a bicultural perspective on the selection process
  • CORE Education may co-opt other members onto the panel if necessary.

Application process


Applicants who have been selected will be contacted no later than 26 October. Applicants who have not been selected will be contacted no later than 3 October.

CORE Education eagerly invites your applications, and wishes you every success! If you have any questions, queries, or feedback about the application process, please contact Ann Hatherly.