National hui 2017 - presenter bios and abstracts

Dr Ann Milne - Colouring in the white spaces: reclaiming cultural identity in whitestream schools

Dr Milne’s presentation is based on her Ph.D research and Kia Aroha College’s practice. She asks us to think about our leadership in terms of the learners our system marginalises and minoritises. When we talk about educational success “as Māori”, what does this actually mean and how do our institutionalised practices and solutions actually work against this goal? She describes the school’s vision to support academic and cultural learning to develop “Warrior-Scholars” through a Critical Pedagogy of Whānau. Ann will provide questions and a framework to challenge us to reflect on the white spaces in our own thinking and leadership, and to actively work towards changing them.

Hoana Pearson QSM - Cultural competency for leaders

Ngati Raukawa / Ngati Rangiwewehi

Hoana Pearson is currently Te Pītau Mātauranga (National Co-Ordinator) for the Te Arahou: Māori Achievement Collaboratives (MACS), an initiative of collaboration between Te Akatea Māori Principals’ Association, NZPF and The Ministry of Education.

She was the principal of Newton Central – an innovative inner city school - for 18 years where she initiated and developed both bilingual and immersion education programmes as well as supporting and championing the development of a Bicultural Histories Curriculum.

She was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal in January 2015 for her work for Māori and for Education. In 2015, she was seconded to the Ministry of Education to develop a Māori Medium Education Strategy and at the end of the year she was offered her current position and reluctantly said farewell to her school. Hoana describes leaving the school as ‘heart wrenching’ but felt she wanted to make a difference in a wider context. An opportunity that the MACS provides her with.

In 2015 she finally completed her Master of Educational Leadership and Management where she focused on the role of the Primary School Principal in Whānau Engagement. She has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally and is known to provide both thought provoking and challenging presentations. She is the co-author of a number of publications and her achievements have been recognised by the OECD Special Advisor on Education Policy.

Hoana is a staunch advocate for social justice and works tirelessly to achieve her vision of equity and quality education for all. She is currently the President of Te Akatea National Māori Principals’ Associations, a member of the Principal Leadership Advisers – Advisory Group and participates in major working groups for both the Education Council and the Ministry of Education.

Dr Phil Riley - Principal health and wellbeing

Presentation: Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey Results and How to Deal with Stress and Burnout

This session will present the latest research on principal stress from the 2016 report. Following this, the focus shifts to looking for signs of overload in yourself and others, what to do when you find it, and how to prevent it. Methods for reducing individuals’ cortisol levels (the "stress hormone”) during the working day will be introduced.

Intended Outcomes

  • Identify the difference between stress and burnout in oneself and colleagues
  • Identify and understand stress correlates and consequences from the scientific evidence
  • Understanding the research into stress reduction, burnout prevention and remediation
  • Understand the role of emotional labour and relationships in stress and burnout
  • Understand the difference between obsessive and harmonious passion
  • Understand individual responses to stress
  • Individual stress reduction for busy people: 1-minute mindfulness
  • Understand the importance of gratitude, forgiveness and humour in sustaining a career
Phil Riley, a former school principal, spent 16 years in schools before moving to the tertiary sector. He researches the overlapping space of psychology, education and leadership, producing >200 publications and peer reviewed conference presentations to date. He has been awarded ~$8 million in research funding including 3 prestigious Australian Research Council Grants. In 2010 Phil’s research was recognised with an inaugural Monash Researcher Accelerator award. This award funded the first two years of The Australian Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey, the first independent research project into principals’ occupational health and wellbeing. He has since won the Dean’s award for Excellence by an Early Career Researcher, and the award for Excellence in Innovation and External Collaboration, at Monash in 2011. In 2015, Phil won the International Study Association of Teachers and Teaching Award for Most Outstanding Article of 2014. He has presented international Keynote addresses on principal health and wellbeing in Australia, Germany, Canada, Belgium, Ireland, France, Hungary and New Zealand.

Distinguished Professor Viviane Robinson - Reduce change to increase improvement

Presentation - Reduce Change to Increase Improvement

Principals have a critical role to play in helping the New Zealand education system better serve all its learners so that they thrive and succeed at school. Leading the improvement required to reach such goals, is hard work and too often results in failure rather than success. In this presentation, I explain why so much planned change does not deliver the intended improvement and offer some practical guidance about how leaders can undertake change less frequently and more successfully.

Viviane is a Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and Academic Director of its Centre for Educational Leadership. She is the author of five books and numerous chapters and journal articles on school improvement, leadership and the relationship between research and the improvement of practice. She currently leads an evidence-based international research and development programme on the leadership capabilities required for networked and individual school improvement.

She keeps her feet on the ground by working as a Ministry of Education accredited facilitator and as an Advisor to the expert partners working out of the University of Auckland. She is currently working intensively in one Auckland school to help turnaround longstanding patterns of underachievement.

Viviane has received awards from national and international professional and academic organisations including the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, the New Zealand Secondary Principals Association and the US-based University Council on Educational Administration. In 2011, she was made a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association for sustained excellence in educational research. In 2016 she won the Mason Durie Medal which is awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand to “a pre-eminent social scientist whose research has made an international impact.”

For more information:  www.education.auckland.ac.nz/vmj-robinson