Kath Murdoch is an experienced primary teacher, university lecturer, author and popular consultant. She is recognized throughout the world for her expertise in inquiry-based learning. Kath is based in Australia where she regularly works in local schools as well as maintaining consultancies with inquiry schools in a wide range of international settings. Kath has had a long association with schools throughout New Zealand.
Georgette Jenson has personally trained with some of the best thinkers in the world;Rita & KennethDunn – international renowned experts in Learning Styles, David Hyerle – developer of the Thinking Maps Model, Art Costa – originator of the Habits of Mind. Georgette brings her wealth of knowledge and wisdom from the classroom. She will share practical, simple to use tools to encourage critical and creative thinking.
Dianne works collaboratively with school leaders and teachers facilitating professional learning opportunities in The New Zealand Curriculum and the Leadership and Assessment PLD Projects. She provides workshops and presents papers regionally, nationally and internationally at educational conferences. Dianne has a deep interest in developing learner’s critical thinking and reflective practices. She has a strong belief in the agency of learners, honouring the voice of students, teachers and school leaders and in working in dialogic ways.
I am a facilitator in the Te Toi Tupu Leadership and Assessment Professional Learning andDevelopment (PLD) project. For the past nine years I have been privileged to have been involved in a wide range of PLD projects across a variety of contexts. I have a particular strength in ‘assessment’ and a deep interest in enhancing the capacity of teachers to ‘inquire’ into the impact of their practice on student learning and achievement.
Perry Rush is the Principal of Island Bay School in Wellington. He was formerly foundation Director of the innovative Discovery 1 School in Christchurch and the founder of Tawa School City Site in Wellington’s CBD. Perry is currently completing a PhD. He is a passionate advocate for student-centred learning, an avid coffee drinker, BBQ king, and owner to a tricked out Holden.
Jan-Marie Kellow is a primary teacher with over 20 years classroom experience. Literacy, e-learning and Inquiry-based learning are areas she is passionate about. Jan-Marie is a CORE e-fellow, her fellowship research looked at the ways ICTs can support inquiry-based learning. She is currently an e-learning facilitator with the University of Waikato as part of Te Toi Tupu, and an educational consultant www.inquiringmind.co.nz
Ximena is an experienced teacher and is passionate about inquiry learning. She teaches at Island Bay School in a Year 4 class. She is a native Spanish speaker whose interests include brain theory, teaching for diversity, Te Reo Maori and key competency based learning. She has worked extensively across numerous inquiry approaches and brings a practitioner’s perspective to her work.