The chemistry teachers’ forums at ChemEd and SCICON conferences for the last 3 years have been working towards formulating a national association of chemistry teachers. After a meeting of a large group of chemistry educators at the ChemEd Conference in 2017, a steering committee was set up to plan the establishment of an association to support and promote chemistry education throughout New Zealand. The new association would provide a voice for chemistry teachers with the Ministry of Education and NZQA as well as opportunities to resource and support teachers with chemistry teaching and assessment matters.
At the request of the forum, the steering committee approached the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC) with a view to operating the new association under their umbrella. NZIC has a Chemistry Education Specialist Group set up to provide professional support for people involved in chemistry education (primary, secondary and tertiary) so joining forces with secondary teachers is a good fit for both groups.
Consequently, NZIC has established a new Chemistry Education Branch. This Branch will have two sections- a tertiary section and a secondary section. It is proposed that the secondary section will be the new association of chemistry teachers, which will be known as the “Secondary Chemistry Educators of NZ”, SCENZ. A new Schools’ NZIC membership category has been set up and any teacher at a school which has paid for this membership will be a member of this section. Upon joining the NZIC as a school member, the school will receive the following benefits:
- Access to all previous and current year NZIC Chemistry exams (Levels 2 and 3 and Scholarship) at no additional charge.
- Access to resources developed by the Branch to support chemistry teaching and learning in NZ schools.
- Access to professional development opportunities (organised by the Branch) that support chemistry teaching in NZ schools.
- Representation in discussions with Ministry of Education and NZQA around curriculum, assessment and chemistry related teaching matters.
- One electronic copy of the quarterly Chemistry in New Zealand journal.
- Voting rights for the organisation of the Secondary Educator’s Association.
At the recommendation of the steering committee and in consultation with NZIC, the initial Schools’ membership fee has been set at a flat rate of $200. School members will get access to the Teachers pages on the NZIC website including the exams when they become available (end of Term 2).
You can register for the school membership on the NZIC website.
For this year only, exams can still be bought from NZIC at $65 per Level (Levels 2, 3 and Scholarship). All orders can be made through the NZIC website.
It is proposed that SCENZ committee initially be composed of a Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer elected from School members (teachers whose schools are paid up members) along with a representative from each of the following regions: Auckland (2), Waikato, Manawatu, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago. Elections and further discussions about the role and organisation of the Association will take place at the ChemEd Conference in Dunedin in July 2019.
The tertiary and secondary sections together form the Education Branch which will provide opportunities for tertiary and secondary educators to promote chemistry and support all aspects of teaching and learning chemistry in New Zealand.
There are still some aspects of the organisation of the new Branch and the associated groups to be worked out and the website will be updated as more information comes to hand.
For further information please contact:
or one of the following members of the steering committee:
Marianne Daines (email@example.com)
Sarah Hay (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Suzanne Scourfield (email@example.com)
Scott Franklin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lawrence Stephens (email@example.com)
Murray Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org)