CONTRIBUTORS/TOPICS

as at 22/01/2018- Click on names for full details below

Prof. Toby Greany
Prof. Leadership and Innovation, IOE & Director, London Centre for Leadership in Learning, UK

 Dr Mere Berryman
Assoc. Prof; Faculty of Education,
University of Waikato

 Vaughan Rowsell
Founder of Vend and
OMGTech!

 Dr Amanda Lynn  PhD
Executive Chairman, Innovation Partnership NZ

 Mark Treadwell 
Education Consultant,
Mark Treadwell Consultancy

 Paula Tesoriero 
Disability Rights Commissioner,
Human Rights Commission

Ass.Prof Roberta (Bobbie) Hunter 
Institute of Education,
Massey University  – Albany

Xanthe Sulzberger 
Principal
,
McAuley High School, Auckland

BIOS and TOPICS

Prof. Toby Greany- Professor of Leadership and Innovation at the IOE and Director of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning, UK

Before joining the UK’s Institute of Education, Prof. Greany was Director of Research and Policy at the National College for School Leadership for seven years. He has worked at the Design Council, the Campaign for Learning and the Cabinet Office. From 2005-2006 he was Special Advisor to the Education and Skills Select Committee and taught in Brazil, China and the UK.

Research Summary

His original research interests were in the learning process and understanding the impact of ‘learning to learn’/metacognition on learning attitudes and outcomes. He has also studied the impact of learning environments in schools.  As a former senior civil servant Prof. Greany had a particular interest in policy, both as a process and the ways in which it impacts in education.

He is interested in school systems and how leaders operate within those systems, both as a result of deliberate and unintended policy-driven incentives and as a result of personal agency.

Also he has always been interested in the intersections between policy, practice and evidence and the ways in which knowledge, expertise and capacity do or don’t move around within and between organisations.  This underpins his interest in models for knowledge mobilisation, the development and impact of networks and collaboration, and approaches to leadership and professional development.

Prof. Greany has a strong focus on research and theory-development which draws from and, in turn, informs policy and practice. For him this means retaining a critical perspective, whilst engaging in R&D-type models that actively engage practice where appropriate.

Prof. Greany is being brought to New Zealand in July and August 2018 as a Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury’s College of Education, Health and Human Development. The College has made him available as the designated ELF18 Keynote Speaker on 8 August.

Keynote: Working Together:  Mobilising Knowledge through Networks and Collaboration

Aligning the intersections between education policy, practice and evidence to develop great teaching that makes a difference for student achievement.

UK based Prof. Greany outlines models for knowledge mobilisation which demonstrate the ways in which knowledge, expertise and capacity move around within and between education organisations.  He examines the development and impact of networks and collaboration and effective approaches to leadership and professional development in the context of what it takes to develop great teaching that makes a difference for student achievement.

Optional Workshop: A Systematic Approach to Leading Learning

How effective education leaders operate within individual learning systems, both as a result of deliberate and unintended policy-driven incentives and as a result of personal agency

Dr. Mere Berryman, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whare, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Waikato

After teaching for over 20 years Mere began questioning whether, in her education role, she was perpetuating a problem for Māori or raising solutions. A research pathway began in the 90s that focused on schools collaborating with Māori students, their families and communities through relational and responsive literacy and behavioural interventions. In 2001, this work merged with the inception of Te Kotahitanga, an iterative research and professional development school reform programme. Through professional development and post graduate teaching this work continues.

Mere is currently directing Poutama Pounamu, a bicultural team of scholars and professional developers who continue to work extensively with school leaders, classroom practitioners, Māori communities and other educators across New Zealand. On-going evidence of educational disparities for Māori students in schools continues to make education for equity a priority. Mere has written widely about this work and worked in these areas with key New Zealand stakeholders and indigenous groups from other parts of the world.

Presentation: Moving beyond the Rhetoric: Promoting a Pedagogy for Belonging

For many students, belonging is not realised as education continues to underserve specific groups of clearly identifiable students (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2013). The Ministry of Education website tells us that Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success is “our strategy to rapidly change how the education system performs so that all Māori students gain the skills, qualifications and knowledge they need to enjoy and achieve education success as Māori” (Ministry of Education, 2015). However, we are far from having achieved this for Māori, let alone other marginalised groups. This presentation will explore what a nationwide sample of senior Māori students said is required if schools are to achieve this vision of belonging. Moving beyond the rhetoric has important implications for all educators in New Zealand.

Vaughan Rowsell, Founder of Vend, and OMGTech!

Vaughan is the founder of Vend https://www.vendhq.com/, a New Zealand high-growth tech success story, with 20,000 customers worldwide and several high-profile investors, including Paypal Co-Founder Peter Thiel, Trade Me Founder Sam Morgan, and Co-Founder of Seek.com.au, Paul Bassat.

He is also the founder of the OMGTech! charitable initiative to help kids into careers with future technologies, and is Vice Chair of the NZ Hi-Tech Trust celebrating the successes of the NZ tech industry. He is passionate about developing the next generation of innovators.

He was EY’s Tech Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 and is a regular TEDx speaker on the importance of challenging the status quo and trusting your inner weirdo.

Presentation: Growing NZ’s future inventors by creating the Tech Future now

In the near future, everyone will either be a consumer of tech or a creator of it. Children’s charity OMGTech! is about giving kids the opportunity to be creators.  OMGTech! develops and delivers engaging workshops for both teachers and students on digital technologies and how to explore and invent with them.

Workshop: Turning the Tables

Some young student participants in OMGTech! School-based workshops help Vaughan Rowsell facilitate an eye opening workshop for ELF18 registrants.

Dr Amanda Lynn – Executive Chairman, Innovation Partnership NZ

Dr Lynn is an economic and corporate anthropologist specialising in the development of entrepreneurs, technology, organisations, industries and regional economies. A former top exporter, Dr Lynn has worked in business, entrepreneurship and technology development for more than 20 years. Over the past ten years she has undertaken executive roles with Victoria University of Wellington and BERL Economics designing policy and programmes to support economic development, before starting Mandolin Associates. Mandolin Associates supports innovative businesses, industry organisations, and regional councils to define and achieve development goals.  LinkedIn Profile and Twitter Feed.

Dr Lynn is a member of the New Zealand Association of Economists and a Professional Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Presentation: Innovation, entrepreneurship and post-tertiary integration of students into the work force

Informing study and work  choices for secondary and tertiary students by  understanding complex human behavioural research in relation to the development of entrepreneurs, new technologies, innovative organisations, growth industries and productive regional economies.

Mark Treadwell – Education Consultant, Mark Treadwell Consultancy

Mark’s passion is to communicate how we can best prepare all learners for the world they will live, work and play in. Based on the latest research into how the brain learns, Mark has developed a learning framework that provides educators with a developmental schema for how learning takes place. The learning process and the competencies lay the foundation for learners to have far greater agency (ownership) over their learning. Through an understanding of the learning process, all learners can build their capacity to become independent lifelong learners.

Facilitating effective learning requires creating a curriculum that is both focused on conceptual understanding and is founded on the critical role of the learning process and the underlying competencies. Mark is keen to ensure that this theoretical framework is developed into a set of very practical processes and systems that can be implemented within schools. Mark’s presentations address the reasons for the multiplicity of changes that educators are currently experiencing in their profession, as well as providing effective solutions and adaptive pathways to create the learning environments that are now required by schools.

The emerging new practices and processes empower learners with the capacity to learn more efficiently and effectively, anywhere, anytime and with anyone. Mark has written numerous books and articles describing the series of paradigm shifts in learning, including the most recent transformation educators need to address. In his presentations Mark explains how educators can best address the challenges that educators are currently facing and ensure that learner-educators are provided with the skill sets and capabilities they require for this century.

Mark has worked with the New Zealand Ministry of Education in a number of roles over the years and has presented at national and international conferences in New Zealand, Australia, Estonia, China, Norway, Kuala Lumpur, USA, Chile, Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, India and UAE.  More at : http://www.marktreadwell.com/

Presentation: The Future of Adaptive Learning – Building Learning Capacity Now

Mark addresses the reasons for the multiplicity of changes that educators are currently experiencing in their profession as well as providing effective solutions and adaptive pathways, to create the learning environments that are now required by learners. Mark’s passion is to communicate how we can best prepare all learners for the world in which they will live, work and play. Based on the latest research into how the brain learns, Mark has developed a learning framework that provides educators with a developmental schema for how learning takes place. The learning process and the competencies lay the foundation for learners to have far greater agency over their learning. Through an understanding of the learning process, all learners can build their capacity to become independent lifelong learners.

Optional Workshop: Refashioning your school’s curriculum with resources from the Global Curriculum Project

Over the past 12 years, Mark has been developing a series of resources that are underpinned by the neuroscience, sociology and psychology of how the brain learns. These resources have been created in consultation with numerous schools around the world and with clusters of schools in New Zealand, Australia (Adelaide) and Dubai. The resulting three resources collectively contribute to the Global Curriculum Project. In this workshop /demonstration Mark reviews the first two of these and previews the third.

1.  The Future of Learning: This multimedia resource is a ‘living resource’ and as such the online edition will be updated every four months. The resource is also available as a physical resource and by purchasing this, it automatically provides you access to the online version. The resource is divided into three sections  A. The emerging model for how our brain learns B. The Learning Process C. The six pillars that underpin an effective 21stC curriculum

2.  The Global Competencies: The competencies are shifting from obscurity to the centre of the curriculum as they are now the essential capability builders across all aspects of our lives in this century. Schools are now seeing these are central to curriculum and this resource unpacks the six competencies in a manner that allows educators to apply them in the way they deem to be most appropriate.  The  OECD has recently announced that the ‘Global Competencies’ will become part of the PISA assessment process in 2018 – see here.

3.  The Seven Learning Domains: The traditional ‘subject areas’ are no longer context based (thematic topics) but rather they are conceptually based and developed across five levels of conceptual development to build the necessary conceptual frameworks that underpin our capacity to be innovative and ingenious – the call of the 21st century.

Collectively these three resources contribute to the development of each school’s unique curriculum offering. The Global Curriculum Project should not be seen as ‘the curriculum’ but rather as a series of resources that allow educators to refashion their curriculum in a way that is unique to them and meets their needs more precisely.
More at http://www.marktreadwell.com/consultancy

Paula Tesoriero – Disability Rights Commissioner, Human Rights Commission

Paula Tesoriero MNZM is a world champion cyclist, former senior public service manager and governance expert. Paula took up her appointment as Commissioner in August 2017.

Paula has a high profile in the disability sector having served on several boards including the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation, NZ Artificial Limb Service, and Paralympics New Zealand. She also served on the Board of Sport Wellington and is a member of the NZ Sports Tribunal.

Paula is a former lawyer with a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Management and held senior management roles at Stats NZ and the Ministry of Justice,

Winning gold in a world-record breaking time at the Beijing Summer Paralympics, her services to cycling were recognised when she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009.

Presentation:  Focusing on Abilities – Opening minds, developing skills and shifting up a gear

As a Disability Rights Commissioner since August 2017 one of Paula Tesoriero’s top priorities in the role is improving educational outcomes for disabled students.

With 42% of disabled young people not in employment, education, or training, it is clear the New Zealand education system is not as inclusive of disabled students as it needs to be. Paula sees making the education system more inclusive as key to improving employment and overall life outcomes for disabled people.

However, to really shift outcomes Paula is resolute that attitudes towards disabled people must change, including in schools where disabled children are bullied at higher rates; an indication that we have a long way to go to ensure disabled children feel they are valued members of their classrooms, schools, and wider communities.

Ass. Prof. Roberta (Bobbie) Hunter – Institute of Education, Massey University – Albany

Associate Professor Roberta (Bobbie) Hunter developed an inquiry-based approach aimed at raising maths achievement in low decile schools with predominantly Pasifika students for her PhD five years ago. In her ‘communities of mathematical inquiry’ approach – dubbed ‘Bobbie maths’ – pupils work together to unravel a problem, using a culturally-tailored approach. When applying mathematical concepts learners might refer to the weight of a taro, or dimensions of a tapa cloth. This culturally appropriate approach is a major factor in breaking down barriers that inhibit many from engaging and achieving in maths. The improvements resulted from a three-year period of Skype and face-to-face professional development sessions with teachers.

Her aim is to see teachers in low decile schools across the country using the model.

Dr Hunter’s teaching model is based on getting children to work collaboratively in groups to question, argue and reason their way through mathematical problem solving, using culturally-based examples and contexts. Its success hinges on training teachers to understand the approach and to learn how to facilitate it through drawing on cultural contexts that reflect the lives of their students. This means involving parents and communities too. It is about bringing in real world common sense to maths inquiry.

Dr Hunter, who developed a love of maths through watching her Cook Islands mother measuring and making geometric patterns for intricate tivaevae (fabric art) patterns, says maths teaching needs to be done in a cultural framework using problem-solving examples that reflect the lives of the students. The approach can have benefits for student learning across all subjects, and can be adapted to students of diverse cultures in New Zealand or any country. But it requires some radical re-wiring in the minds of teachers about their role and how they relate to the class.

Topic: “Bobbie Maths”: Raising mathematics achievement  – The power of collaboration and culturally responsive teaching.

Students in South Auckland, Christchurch and elsewhere are benefitting from the mathematical inquiry communities developed by Associate Professor Roberta Hunter and her Massey University team. The teaching approach is culturally responsive and supports students to work together to solve maths problems, accelerating achievement for the students involved.

Developed initially as part of Prof. Hunter’s PhD, the approach was presented in BES Exemplar 1: Developing Communities of Mathematical Inquiry as a signature pedagogy to further support accelerated improvement for students.

Xanthe Sulzberger – Principal, McAuley High School, Auckland

Xanthe Sulzberger has had many differing roles in education in both senior and middle management. She started her teaching at Waiopehu College in Levin before moving to Aquinas College in Tauranga and then to Botany Downs Secondary College. More recently she has had the role of Deputy Principal at Mt Roskill Grammar school, one on NZ largest secondary schools.  In 2018 Xanthe has been appointed as Principal at McAuley High School where her passion to provide a quality Catholic education through an atmosphere where academic success and personal growth is expected for every student.

Along-side Adrianne Alton-Lee, Xanthe has worked with the Ministry of Education initiative Best Evidence Synthesis on e-based Learning Logs and raising student achievement.  This work has become part of the facia of assessment practice in New Zealand secondary schools with the ongoing growth of e-practice in our classrooms.

Topic: Professional Change Leadership – Learning Logs:  What works and why?

In this session Xanthe will outline the emerging practice of learning logs in an e-learning context and how this simple pedagogical approach shifted practice and outcomes for students and helped remove the assessment logjam for teachers.

She will take you through the practice of change leadership through her exemplar of e-practice, based on her work with the Ministry of Education’s Best Evidence Synthesis on e-based Learning Logs and raising student achievement. This work has become part of assessment practice in New Zealand secondary schools with the ongoing growth of classroom e-practice.

Dr Annelies Kamp – Head of School of Educational Studies & Leadership, UC

Dr Annelies Kamp is a sociologist with over 25 years of experience in senior leadership roles and strategic management.  Annelies was previously a National Management Advisor for Skill New Zealand and National Manager of the New Zealand Motor Industry Training Organization.  She has also held the positions of National Co-ordinator of the Australian Pulp and Paper Industry Skills Development Unit, Research & Policy Manager –Through School to Work with the Brotherhood of St Laurence, and Strategy and Development Manager for Mission Australia.

Annelies has been a Ministerial Board appointment in the adult, community and further education sectors (in both Australia and New Zealand).   Most recently, Annelies was Deputy Director at the Higher Education Research Centre and Programme Co-ordinator of the MSc in Education & Training Management (Leadership) at the School of Education Studies at Dublin City University in Ireland.   She is currently Associate Professor in Leadership in the College of Education, Health and Human Development at the University of Canterbury.

The College is  hosting UK-based Prof. Toby Greany in July and August 2018 as a visiting Canterbury Fellow and has made him available to speak at ELF18.

Topic: In dialogue with Prof. Toby Greany:   Working Together:  Mobilising Knowledge through Networks and Collaboration
-Aligning the intersections between education policy, practice and evidence to develop great teaching that makes a difference for student achievement.

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