Register now for the NZEALS biennial conference, to be held in the attractive setting of the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.
Our conference theme is Tūrangawaewae: A place to stand.
Situated at the confluence of the Waikato and Waipa awa (rivers) in Ngāruawāhia, Tūrangawaewae marae is the official residence of Kīngi Tuheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero VII, the seat of Kīngitanga, and the ancestral Aotearoa home of Waikato Tainui. Further afield, tūrangawaewae is a Māori term for the places where we feel greatest allegiance, belonging, empowerment and connection. Tūrangawaewae constitutes the physical, emotional and spiritual foundation on which we stand (tūranga = a place to stand, waewae = feet).
As we join together on Tainui land at the University of Waikato, in April 2020, it seems appropriate that our conference korero (dialogue) should focus on the places where we stand as leaders and the platforms upon which we lead.
Hobbiton, the film set of Sir Peter Jackson's epic film series adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's classic stories, is the venue for our conference dinner on April 16th and a further inspiration for our conference theme.
Tahi (1): A professional place to stand
Novel and proven ways of thinking about leadership practice and potential, practice architectures, leadership preparation, coaching and mentoring, developing middle leaders
Whaowhia te kete mātauranga – Fill the basket of knowledge
“A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid” (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Rua (2): Standing with resilience
Research and experience of leading and sustaining change, educational innovation, leadership horizons, wellbeing
Ko te pae tawhiti whāia kia tata, Ko te pae tata whakamaua kia tīna -
Seek to bring distant horizons closer and sustain and maintain those that have been arrived at.
“It seemed like all the way to tomorrow and over it to the days beyond” (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Toru (3): Standing with awareness
Cultural leadership, micropolitics, community and policy contexts, social justice
Whāia e koe te iti kahurangi; Ki te tūoho koe, me he maunga teitei –
Seek you the little treasure of your heart; if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.
“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him” (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Colleagues in early childhood education (ECE) will find a strand of presentations and workshops particularly designed with their context in mind throughout the day.
Leadership Korero Sessions
The conference will include a mix of session formats to maximise interaction, to enable attendees to participate, debate and enhance their understandings of leadership in education. Each breakout session will last approximately one hour.
Whanau groups: cross-sector groups will meet each day to explore the day’s keynote subjects
Research papers will be presented, by practitioners and academics, linked to the conference themes
Leadership stories: individuals and groups will share aspects of their leadership story in relation to one of the conference themes
Round-table discussions: facilitated on one aspect of a conference theme
Call for Discussion Group Leaders
This is a call for facilitators to lead discussion groups. Facilitators could be individuals or small groups.
As a facilitator, you would bring 'starter' material for the session, in the form of stories, provocations or presentation of key concepts, together with the skills to lead the ensuing discussion. You do not have to be a professional facilitator: engagement with your chosen subject, responsiveness to others' viewpoints and an inclusive approach to group member discussion are what we seek.
If you would like to lead a group, please complete the form by clicking the button below and submit the form before February 14th - and remember to register for the conference. You will learn by February 17th whether you will be facilitating a group.