Breakout Session 2 - 16th September at 1:55 - 2:35

Neurodiversity: Learning Beyond the Label and Inclusive Curriculum design

Presenter/s: Lauren Wing
Type: Workshop / facilitated discussion
Keywords: Neurodiversity, Curriculum, Pedagogy
Room: Auaha Hīhī

Abstract

Neurodiversity: a broad umbrella term for a range of conditions, strengths, and abilities. But how can we as teachers and leaders move beyond the label and make a difference for our neurodiverse learners? In 2023 and 2024, Long Bay College has been exploring neurodiversity through the lens of our educational philosophy, Tino Akoranga – Exceptional Learning. Our Curriculum and Pedagogy team have considered ‘what works’? for our neurodiverse and neurotypical learners, aiming to create and share an approach that can empower teachers and faculties to respond to the learner in front of them instead of the label.

Our team have engaged with research as well as student, family and whānau, and teacher and faculty voice to develop and share approaches that can be adapted by a range of subject areas across the college. With a focus on leading together, and bringing others with us, this approach is designed to enact meaningful curriculum change across our school and bring exceptional outcomes for all. This workshop focuses on sharing our leadership journey, as well as and our learning, from its inception through to its delivery in classrooms and its impacts on our learners. We will unpack the development of our approach, its specifics, and how we have shared and distribute our learning across the college.

Our session will provide opportunities for discussion of ideas and for attendees to consider how they may apply such an approach within their own contexts.

Biography

Lauren Wing

Lauren Wing is passionate about learning – her own, that of her students, and that of others. Lauren believes that we should be striving to provide quality learning experiences for all and ensuring that teachers and leaders are equipped to bring about the changes in their pedagogies and their curriculum approaches that support this learning. Lauren is a Deputy Principal at Long Bay College in Auckland, and enjoys baking, sci-fi, and spending time with her fiancé and their unruly dog.