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15th April - Tahi: A professional place to stand

Russell Bishop

Emeritus Professor Russell Bishop PhD ONZM - University of Waikato

Russell Bishop is Emeritus Professor of Maori Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. He is well known for directing the development of Te Kotahitanga, a large New Zealand Ministry of Education funded research and professional development project from 2001 to 2012. This project demonstrated how teachers and other school leaders could improve the educational achievement of Māori students in mainstream classrooms by implementing a culturally responsive pedagogy of relations. Since his retirement from Waikato University, he has developed the notion of relational pedagogy and leadership further with Cognition Education in New Zealand, Australia and Canada. He is the author of 8 books, including Teaching to the Northeast (2019), and approximately 90 other quality assured publications. He has delivered over 100 keynote addresses, nationally and internationally, and has won numerous awards for his work including a recent ONZM.

Jane Wilkinson

Associate Dean for Graduate Research - Monash University

Jane Wilkinson is Associate Dean for Graduate Research, Faculty of Education, Monash University and Associate Professor Educational Leadership. Jane's research and teaching interests are in the areas of educational leadership for social justice and practice theory.

Jane has conducted extensive research with refugee students and educational leaders in Australian and Scandinavia. Her most recent study examines the role played by school leaders in building social cohesion.

Jane’s books include: Educational leadership as a culturally-constructed practice: New directions and possibilities (with Laurette Bristol, Routledge, 2018); and Navigating complex spaces: Refugee background students transitioning into higher education (with Naidoo, Adoniou and Langat, Springer, 2018).

Jane is lead editor of the Journal of Educational Administration and History and a member of the editorial boards, Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice; Journal of Gender Studies and International Journal of Leadership in Education. She is a former Deputy Principal of a large rural secondary school.

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Maria Cooper

Senior Lecturer - University of Auckland

Maria Cooper is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work. She teaches and researches in early childhood education with particular interests in teacher leadership as collective practice, early years curriculum, and responsive pedagogies for diverse learners. She is executive editor of Ngā Tau Tuatahi The First Years Journal and director of the Early Childhood Seminar Series, two initiatives that support early childhood teachers and leaders to strengthen educational provision for young children and their families. In 2018, Maria received the New Zealand Association for Research in Education Judith Duncan Award for high-quality research that promotes equitable early childhood education and care within the field.

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James Renwick

Professor of Physical Geography - Victoria University

James has nearly four decades’ experience in weather and climate research. His main field is large-scale climate variability and climate change, including the El Niño-Southern Oscillation cycle, the Southern Hemisphere westerly winds, and the impacts of climate variability and change on the Pacific, New Zealand and the Antarctic. James was a lead author for the last two Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and is a Coordinating Lead Author for the new 6th IPCC Assessment. He was recently awarded the Prime Minister’s 2018 prize for Science Communication.

James is the speaker we have chosen to help us assess the challenges and strategies for the world into which our students are growing.