Originally a teacher of secondary school English, I had the opportunity to contribute to the development of national curriculum statements and the design and delivery of a national qualifications framework. I am the past principal of a large Auckland secondary school. More recently I was a member of the professional staff at the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland, responsible for professional learning and development programmes in educational leadership. I was the Partnership Director at Teach First NZ during its establishment phase and I am still an adviser to the Teach First NZ leadership team. The primary focus of my current work is advising, mentoring and supporting secondary school leaders.
In this session, we’ll examine two examples of successful partnerships that illustrate how to build relationships that result in transformational change. First, we’ll meet Soana Pamaka, the first Tongan woman to serve as principal of a secondary school in New Zealand, and Pat Snedden, a business and community leader. Together, Pat and Soana have worked with other principals in their cluster of schools to develop a shared vision for and approach to student impact.
After two days of learning about the Aotearoa New Zealand context, exploring classrooms, and understanding the Culture Counts approach to cultural responsiveness, we will synthesize our learning within the theme of Further Together. Through facilitated storytelling, we will look at the foundational role that self-awareness and connection play in strong partnerships, and connect this concept to our learning thus far.