Karen is a PLD facilitator based in Manawatu. She works with primary, intermediate and secondary school leaders and teachers in the following areas:
assessment for learning
teaching as Inquiry
literacy (Years 1-10)
use of student voice to effect student agency
practice analysis observations and conversations
leadership, mentoring and coaching leadership teams
Curriculum Progress Tools.
Karen has had varying school leadership roles and has taught across all levels as a primary teacher. She worked as a Leadership and Assessment facilitator for several years and has a strong base in literacy. Over the last two years she has also been a facilitator for the MoE Accelerated Learning in Literacy (ALL) programme.
Karen has a deep understanding of the NZC and a particular interest in supporting schools to plan and develop a cohesive curriculum approach. She believes when students learn in a co-constructed and connected way, underpinned by strong assessment for learning capabilities, that they become increasingly motivated to engage and learn. Karen supports teachers to identify effective pedagogy and strengthen teaching practices as part of teaching as inquiry to accelerate student progress and achievement.
Karen enjoys working with leaders and teachers to develop co-constructed observation processes and practice analysis. This supports leaders and teachers to inquire into their practice, based on evidence and the impact it has on student learning.
In her spare time Karen enjoys spending time with her family. Her ‘happy places’ include the Central Plateau, her garden and the organic dairy farm she lives on.