The Art of Inquiry Teaching: Supporting Students as Inquirers
Kath is an experienced teacher, author, university lecturer and popular consultant. She is widely respected for her work in the field of inquiry based learning and integrative curriculum in which she has taught, researched and published for well over 20 years.
Kath began her professional life as a classroom teacher in Melbourne. Her fascination in how students’ constructed their understandings – and her interest in the way questions and big ideas could drive curriculum soon lead to a passion for integrative and inquiry based methodologies. This passion has become a career long focus for teaching, research and writing and the methodologies in which Kath specialises are now central to curriculum frameworks in many parts of the world.
Mary-Anne is a Learning Facilitator/Consultant, based in the Waikato and works throughout NZ. She partners with schools to offer tailored professional support that provides practical and innovative learning for teachers. She is committed to supporting teachers in their quest to provide learners with the tools, strategies and competencies that equip them to become global citizens of tomorrow. She is focused on empowering learners to think and lead their learning through the creation of authentic, holistic learning opportunities which seamlessly infuse current technologies.
Ruth has worked for over 25 years in education; early years, primary and secondary schools in the UK, West Indies and New Zealand, and is currently a literacy facilitator for the Institute of Professional Learning:Te Whai Toi Tangata at the University of Waikato. Ruth considers it a joy and a privilege to work in schools with enthusiastic, dynamic and inquiring teachers and is a firm believer in Teaching as Inquiry, whereby the professional and moral compass is always pointing to her. If a student is struggling then she questions why and looks for what they CAN do, challenging herself to find a way to use that knowledge to make the student’s journey less of a struggle. Ruth believes that being reflective about one’s practice is a habit everyone can adopt and when that happens the spark of new learning is rekindled. She is currently combining her love of the arts particularly literacy, with reflective practice, in exploring the role of Arts therapy.
Jill has been working in teacher professional learning and development in mathematics and statistics since 2009. She has enjoyed the opportunities offered for presenting a range of mathematics workshops, including at the Mathematics Association of Victoria Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Jill is currently the Mathematics Regional Coordinator for the Central North Region. As well as supporting facilitators with their work, she continues to work with teachers and leaders in in-depth schools as well as supporting teachers who are taking part in the ALiM and MST programmes.
As a classroom teacher, Beth has always been passionate about creating the conditions for students to be actively involved in their own learning. Developing learner agency is key to students taking more ownership of what and how they learn both now and into the future. Beth has been a primary school teacher and principal. For the last 13 years, she has been an inservice teacher educator in a range of roles. She has been very involved in the New Zealand Curriculum implementation PLD and has continued to promote integrated curriculum and inquiry learning through workshops and in-school work. Currently Beth is the project leader for the Te Toi Tupu Leadership and Assessment contract through the University of Waikato and lead mentor for the First Time Principals’ programme in Central North.
Colleen has been a Literacy and ELL Facilitator, based in the Tauranga office of the Institute of Professional Learning (IPL) since 2009. She is part of a team of facilitators providing in-depth literacy professional development for individual and communities of schools, across the Central North region. She has a profound interest in coaching and mentoring of teachers and leaders. A highlight for Colleen over the last 3 years is her involvement as a Mentor in the highly successful ALL (Accelerated Literacy Learning) initiative to accelerate students achieving below expectation. Colleen strongly believes that every child has the right to develop the literacy skills that ensure access to the curriculum, she relishes working at the chalk face with teachers and leaders to lift student achievement in literacy. She brings a wide range of evidence based classroom and leadership skills from both her work in Kaupapa Maori, Pasifika, and New Zealand schools, as a teacher and deputy principal, and as both Advisor and Head of English in large International schools in Germany and the Middle East.