PLUTO_symbol.pngPLUTO Portfolio

PLUTO used student voice to empower teachers.The project's goals were enhancing effective teaching and learning in Science in secondary schools.
Emphasis has been to empower young Maori learners with increased engagement in science. We encourage students to deeply engage with science learning through collaboration and relevance! We are keen to work with teachers who see teaching as inquiry, and are actively seeking and using different pedagogical approaches in their science classrooms (see NZC, 2007, p.34-35).

PLUTO teachers and schools

Jason Morgan and Vance Symon - Morrinsville College
Daryl Smith-Cambridge High
Lyn Rogers- Fairfield College
Sharon Livingstone and Miriam Deuschle- Forest View High school
Eileen Carr and Lesly Cotton-Putaruru College
Bridgette Prendiville- Tauranga Girls High
Ivan Munkedal- Te Puke High School
Sarah Summerfield and Hannah Lerke-Hamilton's Fraser High school

Simon Taylor and Paul Lowe were the directors of the project. There is a separate website for PLUTO teachers. However on this page there is some information with regard to the project.
The approximate cost of the project is $200 per year for each teacher. This cost is for the professional learning retreats ( Regular once a term professional learning where the PLUTO teachers meet), the website maintenance and PD from Simon and Paul for the year.In the last three years PLUTO has had some Ministry funding.


We would like to thank all the teachers in the project, we couldn't have done this without you! Professor Darrell Fisher for his wise and helpful support in the research. Jane Barnett who has always believed in our vision and continually supported us in many ways.
Thank you for an amazing journey.

Cheers Simon and Paul

Simon: simont@waikato.ac.nz
Paul: lofarm@xtra.co.nz