Lin came in with a schedule, calendar and a complete process. She helped us prioritise the wants and expectations for our incoming principal and from that helped us to write appropriate questions to be asked at the interview and what answers should look like. From writing the initial advertisement to the actual employment contract Lin helped in every aspect. Lin is an extremely experienced educator with wisdom and a huge knowledge of hat to look for in a principal. She never crossed the line and allowed the Board to make all the decisions. Her process made the extremely hard task of finding the right principal for our school a happy and successful one.
I would highly recommend Lin to all and any school looking to employ a consultant.
Robynne Cooper - BoT Chairperson
She has been part of a process of change that could not have occurred without her input as a facilitator.
Fosters a collegial environment.
Knows when to push and when to support. People never see her advice as judgmental or threatening and are willing to experiment.
Principal Development Manager, International Development Group
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade | Manatū Aorere
However, understanding what’s happening in the future, emerging trends in education and what a modern classroom might look like was also important. Our enquiries with education leaders of who could help directed us straight to Mary. The outcomes from the review reflected a process to understand who we are and what we do and the recommendations demonstrated Mary understood our unique proposition. Mary has continued to support us as a sounding board as we progress our changes.
Chief Executive, Life Education Trust (NZ)
She has guided us through the abstract pedagogical principles, given savvy advice on our design processes and the best use of experts, and provided pragmatic and practical comments about the actual learning tools we are developing. In short she has been indispensable and a pleasure to work with.
Andrew Joel / Senior Education Advisor
NZ Transport Agency
Jacqui has supported us through the complexity and allowed us to put in place practices that support our students to learn and enable them become better learners. The learning of our teachers and leaders has been around robust and reflective conversations which have been brilliantly facilitated by Jacqui. This has led to us all formulating a plan which allows us to support the direction, build capacity for future change, and embed our practices. Jacqui has listened to us, worked alongside us and other providers to co-ordinate and develop our ways forward. This has been integral to our growth.
Isaac - Principal
Her facilitation has resulted in increased student engagement and teachers becoming much more reflective and adept at using their adaptive expertise. Jacqui has enabled us to use teaching as inquiry and assessment for learning with effectiveness to encourage our learners to be self-managing and improve learning and achievement across the curriculum. Jacqui is very easy to work with and has become a valued member of our team. Through our work with Jacqui we have made substantial changes to our learning culture and we are embedding these by developing systems and processes with our learners at the centre. We benefit greatly from her professionalism in regularly leading our Professional Learning and Development. Jacqui has assisted me greatly as a principal mentor, with her expertise and experience as a former principal.
Marg - Principal
Yesterday was a great day, full on but very effective and an eye opener for me. It was great to have you come in and support me around the rooms. This is something I have always wanted to do as leader and to make sure it was managed in a safe environment.
Kaikoura High School
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Shirley Intermediate SchoolGeoff Siave - Principal
She is approachable, understanding and an expert in her field. Her delivery manner is enthusiastic and responsive. We remain forever grateful for the invaluable work she has done in our school.
Harewood SchoolJulie Argyle - Deputy Principal
We need to get you to come here!
He is a great listener and as a result has been able to tailor a programme that exactly met our needs. He has worked with us in a way that has scaffolded all our learning and in that has role modelled best practice. The Teaching as Inquiry model that he introduced to us has been well received by all our team and fits beautifully with our appraisal and attestation. I would recommend Brent highly as a facilitator of Professional Development and would value the opportunity to work with him again."
Ben's insightful questions ensure our intended decisions and actions are thoroughly critiqued. He helps us keep student achievement at the centre of all that we do.
Ben has allowed us to see how we could best align strategies for maximum impact.
Chris Wood - Deputy Principal
He has excellent facilitation skills which he demonstrates by being well organised, clear in his delivery and being intuitive in his approach when working with the team. He capably leads both our leadership and staff teams. All of us find him to be extremely knowledgeable with a great amount of practical advice and guidance. I'm thankful that we've found some professional learning and development that I can genuinely say is strengthening our teaching team, leadership team and improving the achievement of our students.
Kyran Smith - Principal
Trish has built a respectful relationship and modelled leadership practice continuously.
Senior leader, Primary school
Senior leader, Primary school
My leadership practices have greatly increased.
Senior leader, Primary school
A long-term plan to develop school-wide areas of weakness in teaching, and leadership as well as my own role in this, is emerging.
Deirdre has a readiness to listen, support and challenge, with excellent research evidence to back this. She has a clear understanding and application of inquiry into teaching and leadership. Deirdre is consistently positive and friendly in her manner.”
Senior Leader, Secondary school
There is a new willingness to open our doors and welcome people into our classrooms - to encourage contribution and critical inquiry. Meeting agendas have a ‘learning focus’ and are planned in advance. There are better and more open relationships between staff. There are also more learning discussions in groups that look for shared solutions.
Deirdre used modelling of effective PL facilitation, encouraging us to ask the questions of ourselves and we in turn are now asking those questions continually. She modelled and guided us with the skills to have the difficult but respectful conversations about teaching and learning.”
Senior Leader, Secondary school
Thanks for your detailed organisation and preparedness and your inclusive teaching practices.
Kamo High School, Whangarei
Megan is skilled when asking reflective questions and has been integral in helping us shape a programme that is focussed on improving student outcomes.
We [senior leadership team] have said several times how beneficial it was and how much professional wisdom we gain from you.
She has a wealth of knowledge and has assisted me to advance my own skills in a number of areas. Her sessions with us have been thought provoking both in relation to my own teaching and for the further development of the skills of colleagues in my department. Anne has been highly supportive and has challenged me to think about how I teach and what I need to do to improve results and the capabilities of my students. She has reminded me of the benefits for the students of them doing the hard work, not the teacher!
Melanie Secondary HOD
With her help we have made significant progress in improving the quality of teaching and learning at our school. Anne asks the questions that really make you reflect on your teaching practice and the effectiveness of your interactions with students. She has helped us all - staff and students alike - become better learners. She has an excellent rapport with staff, and constantly challenges us to be reflective, proactive professionals focussing on improving student achievement in our school.
Rural primary school
Chris - Principal
Her friendly attitude puts people at ease, making it easy to discuss all aspects of learning and development with her. Julia is always available to answer questions, help develop ideas and encourages teachers she works with to continue learning.
She has been working with us in the area of literacy. Julia has given us tools to reflect on our practice and readings to show us how we can improve. Her positive attitude and diverse ways of teaching has made our professional development a pleasure. We have put many of her ideas into practice, and we can already see some of our students trying hard to achieve their goals. Learning is definitely accelerating.
She has a lot of energy for engaging adult learners. She has the capabilities to effectively utilise a range of strategies that can be immediately employed into a school context. She is always keen to work through difficult situations or hard to solve problems and is a real optimist.
Jenny Washington - Principal
Her respectful manner and bubbly personality have ensured staff enjoy working with her. Sessions are always well prepared and she has advanced facilitation skills ensuring that all sessions contain a variety of methods to ensure that a high level of interest and engagement is maintained.
Jeanette Shearer - Principal
The teaching as inquiry process is now well embedded in our school. Our teachers have deeper understanding of using data effectively to raise student achievement. We celebrate our students' achievements and progress.
Clendon Park School
Dudley Adams, DP and leader of Te Whānau Awhina
This development has helped to establish a number of processes and practices that, if built on, should help to improve the quality of education for students.
The staff really got a lot out of it. It will make the introduction of the tool next year so much easier for everybody. It was a great mix of theory and practical and we really appreciated the way you approached it from a needs-must "what will work best for us" perspective.
Our facilitator really took the time to look, listen, feel and understand our school and our needs. She let us lead and worked alongside us. Together we collaborated and developed a model that fitted our school.
Our staff were engaged and enthusiastic. Brenda was a great fit for Ranui School.
The best part was the significant shifts in teacher practice and the great effect size shifts in student achievement. The practices are embedded now and we continue to see great shifts a year on…. We know this will continue.
Probably having them eight years apart was an advantage because the first time I was instantly hooked into the whole programme thanks to Barbara-Anne’s bubbly and enthusiastic presentation and this time around all that fantastic learning has been reinforced and has also allowed me to extend that initial learning even further.
The benefits for my kids (6 - 8 year olds) were obvious from the beginning and the majority of them can articulate just what a learner is, they have a clear idea of what a Learning Intention is, how to co-construct Success Criteria and they are beginning to understand the concept of self-assessing their own work which helps them to develop their own next learning steps!
Barbara-Anne’s facilitation has been motivating, thoroughly enjoyable, as well as making me a more confident and (I think) capable teacher.
What more could I ask for - THANKS Barbara-Anne!
It was a transformational experience and journey for our staff, with the focus on Assessment for Learning. Those principles and Brenda’s outstanding communication skills and clarity, assisted our teachers and boys significantly. Assessment for Learning was one of the best professional learning experiences for our staff.
Plenty of reviewing and bringing to the surface lots of ideas to take back to the school and work with as a staff.
Written material to take away is excellent.
Excellent day, venue and catering.
All aspects were great. Well organised and presented.
Thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Thank you for answering my questions and providing good, sound advice and directions. Hugely appreciated.
A variety of participants
Very satisfied. Garry is very knowledgeable.
It was a great workshop in that it was to practise and analyse data related to e-asTTle. All questions were answered and I now have a contact if I need support. Many thanks for the course. Very useful.
Very satisfied. Very clear delivery. Took into account all the comments and questioned posed at the beginning of the session. Very good. Calm approach, well scaffolded.
Excellent. Very personable and knowledgeable about teaching and learning.
Very satisfied. Well covered given very diverse group of teachers - different expertise, types of schools, and reasons for being there.
Various responses to post-workshop surveys
She has worked with our staff on two contracts and each time both the teachers and students have been able to clarify what and why they are teaching and learning. As an outside facilitator she has always arrived at school with boundless smiles and immediately portrays the friendly person she is.
I can’t thank you enough for all your enthusiasm, hard work and perpetual smile no matter!!
Our school has worked collaboratively with her in order to raise student achievement levels. By having her as our external facilitator, our school priorities have been further strengthened with improving student knowledge of what they are learn and why they are learning. It has allowed our school to flourish and teachers are sharing their learning experiences with each other and celebrating these successes with her through formal discussions.
I have seen many systems and processes in my pre teaching career and many of them are of high quality, but what often lets them down or restricts buy in is the delivery. I would like to congratulate and thank Evaluation Associates for the quality of professional development that Barbara Anne has supplied us this year.
We have been extremely fortunate to have had such an informed, respectful facilitator delivering and guiding our teachers with raising the level of teacher knowledge and practice, as well as student understanding, engagement and achievement.
Thanks so much Barbara Anne!
Excellent relationships with all staff. Jody is willing to listen to school needs and accommodate accordingly.
The staff meetings, resources, observations and helpful feedback have resulted in significant changes in teaching practice and student learning.
She managed a challenging group of teachers through changes to their pedagogy, sensitively and professionally.