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Professional development days a huge hit with biology teachers

20 December 2018

The Maurice Wilkins Centre has received overwhelmingly positive feedback following a nationwide series of free biology teacher professional development (PD) days the centre organised in November and December.

This year, we sent speakers around the country – to Hastings, Palmerston North, Auckland, Nelson, Christchurch, Rotorua and Kawakawa – as part of our MWC biology teacher PD programme.  A total of 323 teachers attended at least one of the days. Overall, 98% of those surveyed afterwards would like us to keep the programme going, and 93% rated it as very valuable or extremely valuable. We were very pleased with the positive feedback and look forward to continuing this successful series in future years.

Siouxsie 2018 PD Day

Dr Siouxsie Wiles talks to teachers at Karamu High School, Hastings.

The programme featured a great line-up of speakers talking on a wide variety of interesting topics – the selective breeding of snapper, the science of stem cells, and the human evolution and migrations of Polynesian people, to name a few. We are very grateful for the time they contributed to the programme.

Here are a selection of photos of teachers who attended our PD days around New Zealand:

Hastings PD Day


P North PD Day

Palmerston North

Auckland PD Day


Nelson PD Day


Chch PD Day


Kawakawa PD Day