"Being able to play a part in developing the self-belief, knowledge and capability of all learners within a school is both rewarding and a privilege." 

Cath Runga

PLD Consultant - Taupō

Accredited facilitator for MoE-funded PLD - See Summary of Practice

Cath works as an education consultant based in Taupō, supporting school leaders and teachers throughout the Waikato, Waiariki, Hawkes Bay/Tairāwhiti, Taranaki / Whanganui/ Manawatū regions. She works with schools in the following areas:

  • Literacy content and pedagogical knowledge (Years 1-10)
  • Leadership
  • Acceleration of literacy
  • Assessment for learning
  • Teaching as Inquiry
  • PaCT and Learning Progression Framework
  • Learner agency

Cath has deep knowledge and expertise in facilitation. She has worked as a literacy facilitator in a range of projects including the Literacy Professional Development Project, Accelerating learning in literacy (ALL), and Learning & Change Networks. Shehas been a writer for the School Journal teacher support material and illustrations for the Reading & Writing standards.

Cath’s collaborative approach is a key feature as she works alongside others to make a difference for learners, teachers, and leaders. With an extensive knowledge of literacy, leadership, and assessment, she supports the implementation of coherent professional learning designs that accelerate student achievement in literacy. Her areas of expertise promote learner, teacher and leader agency, and the development of sustainable school systems and processes.

In her spare time Cath loves to be at the beach, spending time with her family and renovating her home.

These are some of the schools Cath has worked with recently:

  • Taumarunui Primary School
  • Mangakino Area School
  • Marfell Community School 

Testimonials

"Cath has helped to upskill my knowledge. She has not only been responsive to our needs but has also helped us to identify exactly what our needs are! She is the glue to what we are doing. She doesn’t just tell you something, she actually sits down beside you and guides you. She understands that leadership isn’t hierarchical and is supporting us to build the capacity of our staff."

Acting Principal

"Cath has worked with us to co-construct the PLD. I have particularly enjoyed shadowing her through observations. I was especially impressed by the breadth of knowledge she has and how she shares that in a motivational way. She does challenge teachers but not in a hostile or judgmental way. People feel like they are being supported. She is also very practical and understands the demands of a classroom teacher so never has unrealistic expectations of what we can achieve. I really appreciate the way she is holding my hand but nudging me along to take more responsibility."

Literacy leader