Leadership of Curriculum Teams

Overview

The Statement of Work from the Ministry of Education for this project makes clear their thinking into what questions they would like answered and the outcomes that are expected.

The Ministry would like to better understand the role of curriculum leadership. They are interested in networks and how teachers learn from each other in both English medium and Maori settings.

Meet our people

Bruce Taplin
Bruce Taplin
Professional Expert
Future Learning Solutions

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Bruce has taught in mainstream schools in South Auckland, and also worked as a Māori Access Training Liaison Officer with unemployed groups for three years.

Claire Sinnema
Claire Sinnema
Associate Professor
University of Auckland

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Claire's research focuses on educational improvement.

Her work deals with the improvement of teaching learning across educational leadership, curriculum, practitioner inquiry and standards.

Colin Donald
Colin Donald
Professional Expert
Future Learning Solutions

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Colin is a Professional Expert at Future Learning Solutions' Centre for Education Leadership supporting and developing the Growing Great Leaders™ course and delivering leadership PLD.

Marian Pearce
Marian Pearce
Professional Expert
Future Learning Solutions

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Marian has proven success in implementing induction and mentoring programmes in Māori medium schools and has experience in supporting kaiako towards full certification

Mark Dashper
Dr. Mark Dashper
Programme Manager
Future Learning Solutions

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Mark works with webcasting and social media in support of all learning areas in kura and mainstream, providing a blend of kanohi ki te kanohi and e-Ako in New Zealand schools.

Miranda Makin
Miranda Makin
Professional Expert
Future Learning Solutions

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Miranda is currently a professional expert in educational leadership at the Centre for Educational Leadership.

She has over 25 years of experience working in a range of secondary schools as a science educator and as a school leader.

Rewa Paewai
Rewa Paewai
Professional Expert
Future Learning Solutions

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Rewa has expertise in planning and implementing quality te reo Māori programmes (Y1-13), second language acquisition, assessment, NCEA and culturally responsive pedagogy.

Richard Newton
Richard Newton
Professional Expert
Future Learning Solutions

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Richard joined Future Learning Solutions after a successful 26 year career as a primary principal in Dunedin and rural Otago.

During this time he provided leadership in multiple settings including small, rural; inner city, low decile; and large, upper decile schools.

Dr. Tony Trinick
Dr. Tony Trinick
Associate Professor
University of Auckland

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Tony’s research interests are broadly focused on a number of areas in mathematics education.

This includes researching curriculum development and Indigenous language contexts.

Ministry Outcomes

The problem definitions and some examples of their wonderings and questions are:

  • The Ministry does not know the strengths and gaps in leadership of curriculum teams.

  • Research is available on positional leaders but less on those that lead teacher teams for the core business of teaching and learning.
     
  • There are gaps in Ministry supports for middle leaders, particularly curriculum leaders
     
  • The Ministry have learned from the Emerging Leaders’ pilot that coaching matters, but we have no detail around a curriculum focus.
     
  • What do the leadership capabilities look like in a professional learning context?
     
  • The Ministry is developing a new strategy for leadership and want to know what this looks like in practice.

 

Research Questions

The research questions that guide this research and development are:

  1. To what extent are networks characterised by collaboration patterns that enable their effective function and the leveraging of curriculum expertise within and across schools?
     
  2. How can curriculum leaders be supported to improve the strength of networks, the quality of relationships, and to solve problems of practice relating to curriculum?
     

Better Together

 

‘Better Together’ will use social networking and analysis to highlight the connections within and across schools to help us understand how targeted leadership development can impact these connections.

 

Tū Rangatira

 

Tū Rangatira will use case study methods to understand how the connections between kaiako can support teaching and learning within kura.

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