Event Details


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Heather McRae, Principal, Diocesan School for Girls
Governance and senior management – the importance of creating a strong relationship with your board
  • How school leaders can develop and nurture these relationships in the high-intensity environment of school management
  • Recognising the need for a strong connection between leadership and governance
  • Developing frameworks for prioritising and delivering great governance in a school setting
  • Creating with the board a meaningful strategic momentum in a school
  • The importance of good governance in crisis response – reflections from COVID 19 response
Dale Bailey, Chief Executive, Springboard Trust
Flipping mainstream leadership on its head: Re(placing) school leadership through process thinking and Leadership-as-Practice (L-A-P)

We work in education systems around the world that are besotted with leadership. But what do we mean by leadership? How can we be aware of leadership as it is occurring? And what does this mean for learning across and within schools? In this interactive session, Dr Howard Youngs will provide a refreshing and alternative way to understanding leadership as a process and practice. In doing so our gaze shifts from practitioners (leaders) to practices, from assuming leadership has substance in exceptional individuals to recognising leadership in the present as it is occurring. The session is informed through Howard’s collaborative work and research with some Auckland schools and their development, and international networks in and beyond education, who argue for a change to mainstream approaches with how we understand leadership.

Dr Howard Youngs, Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology
Morning break
Dealing with global crisis – COVID-19 – what we learnt as a sector in responding

COVID-19 has presented a global crisis with implications at all levels of the education system. Reacting appropriately is key to retaining student wellbeing and leadership within schools. 

  • Understanding the role of the Principal and teachers during ongoing crises
  • Creating cultures of care and pedagogies of love as first priorities
  • Reengaging children with learning
Professor Peter O’Connor, Director | Centre for Arts and Social Transformation, The University of Auckland
Identifying and dealing with crisis – Developing a toolkit to deal with critical issues affecting schools

Developing a structural relationship and a set of tools to deal with the issues that face school boards and management is an essential tool for school leaders. Hear about what can be done to avoid crisis, and manage challenging personalities and situations

  • Learn negotiation tools for dealing with challenging situations and personalities
  • Identify the warning signs of a potential crisis
  • Engage with real-life examples of crisis management
Dr Petra Theunissen, Associate Professor, Auckland University of Technology
Table Talks
  • School leaders’ biggest challenges
  • How can innovative leadership practices influence school culture?
Lunch break
Principals' panel – How principals are using innovation and creative thinking to manage everyday issues

Principals with a wide variance in resources across the country are using innovation to better their schools and communities. Hear them speak about what they are doing and how it has impacted their schools

  • Examine real examples of innovative practices from real schools
  • Recognise leadership tools that can be used creatively for school management
  • Identify how issues like ineffective time management and lack of structure can cause difficulties in school leadership
  • Observations and examples of innovation in response to COVID 19 and the deployment of remote learning
Simon Lamb, Principal, King's College
David Ferguson, Headmaster, Westlake Boys
Yolande Franke, Principal, Somerville Intermediate School
Digital learning in a remote environment – learning from COVID-19

COVID-19 has presented an unprecedented opportunity for the use of digital learning platforms. Learning how to utilise and deliver education with these platforms is a key tool for school leaders

  • What type of digital learning platform is most beneficial for my school?
  • How to engage and educate students in a remote setting
  • How can digital learning platforms be utilised outside of quarantine?
Zoe Timbrell, Founder/General Manager, OMGTech!
Vivian Chandra, Head of PLD division, OMGTech!
Afternoon break
Future leaders – Identifying and training staff for leadership positions
  • Developing and identifying leadership talent is essential for school leaders. Learning these skills can have a beneficial impact on management school-wide 

  • What are the key characteristics of leadership?

  • What mechanisms can facilitate growth for emerging and new leaders?

  • Creating frameworks to mentor and encourage middle leadership

Miranda Makin, Professional Expert, The Centre for Educational Leadership
Māori leaders panel – Inspiring examples of Māori culture being utilised in New Zealand schools

Hear from Māori school leaders about what they have done to integrate Tangata Whenua into their schools and how they are educating future generations to have a full understanding of Māori culture

  • Understand the impact that the teaching of Māori culture has upon students across New Zealand
  • Hear positive examples of real schools that have integrated Tangata Whenua into their school culture
  • Learn how school leaders can create environments that are respectful of Māori culture
Tom Paekau, Principal, Merivale School
Haley Milne, Principal, Kia Aroha College
Why Biculturalism? Māori culture in our educational environments

It is essential for schools in Aotearoa New Zealand to take account of Māori and tangata whenua principles and concepts. Creating a welcoming environment for Māori culture, language and identity in every classroom is crucial. This talk reboots the concept of biculturalism to include bilingualism: te reo Māori plays a central role. Topics covered include:

  • The implications of te reo Māori being included in the new professional standards for teachers
  • The impact of Māori culture in schools across Aotearoa New Zealand, and how various elements of New Zealand heritage can be taught in schools
  • How Māori content can enhance school learning and administration systems
Georgina Stewart, Associate Professor, Auckland University of Technology
Summary remarks from the Chair & Networking Drinks
Welcome back from the Chair
Keynote – Applying creativity and innovation to leadership, the positive impact of thinking outside of the box
  • Examine how creative leadership and unorthodox management can benefit schools
  • Learn how innovative thinking and planning can revitalise management
  • Hear inspirational stories about facing and overcoming adversity
Shay Wright, Co Founder, Te Whare Hukahuka
Ignite innovation, creativity, curiosity and possibilities through Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko
  • Prepare to use a strategic approach to creatively shape your implementation of Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko in your kura/school
  • Evaluate digital technologies learning resources and activities to challenge your learners
  • Challenge yourself to make a 2 degrees shift in learning
Tracy Henderson, Project Lead, Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko | Computer Science Education Research Group & University of Canterbury
Morning break
Interactive session: Developing structure for mediation – how developed mediation practices can help prevent unnecessary escalation

Schools across the country are suffering from unnecessary escalation and resultant litigation. Learn how an effective mediation structure can benefit education environments and reduce crisis

  • Engage with real-life examples of schools that utilised structure to provide mediation and avoid escalation
  • How to develop a structure to facilitate mediation within school environments
  • Embrace techniques to avoid escalation and avoidable crises
James Pullar, Partner, Taylor Shaw Barristers & Solicitors
Table Talks
  • How could an effectively structured HR policy impact my school?
  • What can I do to change things in my school?
Lunch break
Education and the Law – how legislative changes and practices are changing how school leaders interact with their schools
  • Hear about the latest trends in employment law like restrictions of the use of trial period clauses, adjustment of union rights, and domestic violence leave
  • Examine legal issues surrounding discipline and avoid ‘kiwi suspension’
  • Learn to engage and educate staff about law changes that will affect them directly
Gretchen Stone, Partner, Harrison Stone Lawyers
Taking a whole school approach to wellbeing

Mental wellbeing amongst staff is crucial to creating a productive and supportive environment. Understand the key elements to a supportive environment conducive to positive mental health is essential in the 21st-century classroom

  • Recognise signs of mental health deterioration amongst staff
  • Approaching Hauora issues in a respectful and appropriate manner
  • Proactive measures and frameworks to promote wellbeing and mitigate harm
Katie Fitzpatrick, Associate Professor, University of Auckland
Mental health and ‘burn-out’ in the workplace, tools New Zealand school leaders are using to support their staff

Hear about principals and school leaders from across New Zealand, and what tools they are providing to support for their staff.

  • Examine practical examples of mental health support in schools
  • Focus on the essential role of a leader within schoolwide support systems
  • Gain insight into the tools school leaders use to support their staff and avoid staff burn-out
Jack Boyle , President, Post Primary Teachers Association
Closing remarks from the Chair
  • 27 - 28 Jul 2020
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