Breakout Sessions


Breakout Session One - Wednesday 18 April 1:30-2:30pm


Presenters Topic Location

Deidre Alderson

Principal of Willowbank School

Dr Laurie Thew

Principal Manurewa Central School

Di Cavallo

Deputy Principal, Hobsonville Point Secondary School

Principals of some of Auckland’s ethnically diverse schools describe their school’s responses to ethnic and cultural diversity Gallery One

Jo Collyer and Dr Richard Smith

St Francis Xavier Catholic School, Whangarei

Who is the culturally responsive leader in my school? The need for a champion for Tātaiako: A case study of one primary school Regatta C

Assoc Prof Rachel McNae and Michele Morrison

University of Waikato

Leading social justice in challenging times: perceptions and practices of New Zealand school leaders Regatta A

Karen Liley

Te Puna Kohungahunga, University of Auckland

He Iwi Maia ki te Haere: Bold and fearless travellers. The story of a Maori-medium early childhood centre based at the University of Auckland Epsom Campus Regatta B

Christine Harris
Principal, Thorrington School, Christchurch

Growing a sense of belonging in a school community, including responding to diversity Regatta D




Breakout Session Two - Wednesday 18 April 2:30-3:30pm


Presenters Topic Location

Margaret Kawharu

Senior Maori Advisor,

Massey University

The Story of Auckland – from a Ngati Whatua perspective Regatta A

Andrew Chen

PhD candidate, University of Auckland

The language of immigration: a discussion distorted by stereotypes, misconceptions and myths Regatta C

Asst Prof William (Toby) Holmes

University of Wyoming

Culturally Sustaining Instructional Leadership: The Voice of Two High-achieving Female Minority Principals Regatta D

Kylie Kilmartin and Alison Taylor

Pakuranga College

Better Teachers, Better Learners: Our Student Voice Journey One year on in a large Auckland secondary school Gallery One

Ruth Ham

Head Teacher, AUT Centre for Refugee Education Early Childhood Education Centre at Mangere Refugee Reception Centre


Nola Harvey

Honorary Academic, Faculty of Education & Social Work, University of Auckland and Centre for Refugee Education Advisory group

Cultural inclusion with on-arrival refugee families: How can an early childhood education and care service provide an appropriate site for cultural reciprocity and trusting relationships? Regatta B




Breakout Session Three - Thursday 19 April 11:00am - 12:00pm


Presenters Topic Location

Vicki Barrie

Northcote College, Leader of the Northcote Community of Learning/Kahui Ako


Tom Webb

Mangere College, Leader of the Mangere Kahui Ako

A panel of Community of Learning/ Kāhui Ako Leaders discussing their experiences to date in Communities of Learning Regatta D

Carolyn Marino

Evaluation Associates

The challenges of developing collaborative pedagogical practices when a school is converted to an innovative learning environment Regatta B

Dr Noeline Wright and Assoc Prof Rachel NcNae

University of Waikato

Students and teachers making sense of Innovative Learning Environments (ILEs) in a new school Regatta C

Assoc Prof Julie Mackey, Prof Letitia Fickel, Assoc Prof Jo Fletcher

University of Canterbury

Transition to collaborative teaching in Innovative Learning Environments from a change leader perspective Gallery One

Dr Cathy Wylie

New Zealand Council for Educational Research - NZCER

Collective leadership, collaborative practices, and evaluative inquiry and the Teaching and School Practices Survey tool Regatta A




Breakout Session Four - Thursday 19 April 2:15 - 3:15pm


Presenters Topic Location

Dr Jan Robertson

University of Waikato

Reconceptualising leadership as a partnership relationship. Regatta D

Barbara Watson

University of Auckland

Negotiating the complexity of mentoring provisionally certificated teachers in early childhood settings Regatta C

Dr Bruce Barnett and Dr Nathern Okilwa

University of Texas, San Antonio

Research into the provision of mentoring and professional development for Assistant Principals Gallery One

Dr Brenda Service and Dr Kate Thornton

Victoria University

Middle leadership in universities: collaboration not delegation Regatta B




Breakout Session Five - Friday 20 April 10:45 - 11:30am


Presenters Topic Location

Dr Steven Courtney

University of Manchester

School principals in neoliberal times: a case of luxury leadership? Regatta A

Bill Hubbard and Mark Broadwith

University of Auckland Centre for Educational Leadership

Challenging educational leaders mental habits, including research into Mindfulness Regatta D

Dr Kala Retna and Prof John Davies

Victoria University of Wellington

A system perspective on exploring the sustainability of leadership initiatives in a secondary school setting Regatta B

Jo MacDonald

New Zealand Council for Educational Research - NZCER

A formative evaluation of the Principal Recruitment Allowance (PRA) being paid to experienced principals to take on schools with significant challenges Gallery One

Murray Fletcher

A leadership coach in diverse school settings across New Zealand

Sustaining the 'self.' Leadership 'renewal' in complex times. This interactive workshop focuses on leading in complex times and the personal journey to be taken to become a resilient, self- aware and personally resourceful leader Regatta C


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