Accredited facilitator for MoE-funded PLD - See Summary of practice
Janet works as an education consultant out of our Auckland office. She works with schools in the following areas:
- Assessment for learning
- Teaching as inquiry
- Mentoring and coaching school leaders and leadership teams
- Supporting schools with e-asTTle
- Learning-focused conversations
- Data analysis and planning for improvement
Her thesis, An Investigation Into a Student Centered Approach to Assessment and Self Reporting Using e-Portfolios, explored assessment and reporting processes designed to develop student agency through student self-reporting in the online environment. Since the introduction of National Standards in 2010, Janet’s school based work and research has focussed on developing in-house methods of digital assessment and reporting using learning stories in e-Portfolios incorporating National Standards. Janet’s research and work has been recognized as far afield as the United States where Janet presented her research in Boston on a Fulbright Scholarship in June 2014. Janet has presented findings from her thesis at many conferences both nationally and internationally, including the International Conference on Thinking at ICOT in Bilbao Spain in 2015.
Janet’s experience in implementing on line reporting processes strengthens home school partnerships by actively involving students and parents in the learning and assessment process, where emphasis is drawn away from the products of learning to the process of learning.
Championing ‘critical learning conversations’ between students and teachers which allow time for students to self-report to teachers, Janet is working with schools to develop ‘assessment capabilities’ with all stake holders. Students who can discuss their learning progress and achievement against agreed standards, and together with their teacher determine and discuss their next learning steps are evidence of an ‘assessment capable’ learning environment.
Janet’s experience in developing ‘assessment capable’ students, teachers, school leaders and parents in a school community takes theory to practice at a system level.
In her spare time Janet loves to garden, read, cook, spend time with family and friends, walk, good food and wine and everything Italian.
"Janet has worked with our leadership team, teachers and school in an absolutely personalised and professional manner. Her vast research based approach, as well as her fabulous ability to inquire and question, promotes an open to learning approach to school improvement. Janet is an absolute treasure. She is inspiring, supportive, intelligent and truly committed to a personalised approach to facilitation. Having Janet in our school this year has kept the main thing the main thing, despite the many distractions and side shows that often occur as part of school life!"
Saira Boyle - Principal - St Mary's Catholic School, Ellerslie