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Alana Madgwick

Facilitator/Writer — Pasifika



Contact details


P: (09) 973 5695

Region: Auckland

Professional profile

Alana Madgwick is a highly experienced facilitator and consultant who has worked with secondary schools and school communities to accelerate student achievement and change the educational experience for learners who previously may have been marginalised. Her passion and strength is within Pasifika education but her skills and expertise weave across secondary literacy and culturally responsive pedagogies as well as community development.


Alana’s expertise is multifaceted. She works in a number of roles that cross sectors. All of her roles are focused on strengthening school communities to better meet the diverse needs of their students and whānau.

Her skills include:

  • secondary literacy leadership
  • secondary literacy effective pedagogy
  • disciplinary literacy
  • improving writing, reading cross-curricula instruction
  • Pasifika education
  • community engagement
  • community development
  • culturally responsive pedgaogy
  • coaching and mentoring leaders
  • change management
  • effective professional learning communities
  • teaching as inquiry
  • digital tools
  • positive health and wellbeing for staff and school communities
  • educationally powerful connections and partnerships
  • home school partnerships.

Professional memberships

  • Secondary literacy online facilitator for the secondary literacy website
  • Light the Fire co-initiator: Voluntary group of teachers in Auckland, who meet to celebrate ‘Pasifika Enjoying Success As Pasifika’
  • Auckland Literacy Association

Conference presentations

  • 2015 — NASDAP: We sink or swim together — Accelerating Pasifika Achievement
  • 2015 — NZ Literacy Association: We sink or swim together — Accelerating Pasifika Achievement
  • 2014 — University of Auckland: Pasifika enjoying success as Pasifika, TEAM solutions
  • 2014 — Light the Fire, National Health Promoting Schools Conference, Auckland
  • 2013–15 — Accelerating Pasifika Achievement, Kohia Education Center
  • 2013–14 — Improving writing across the curriculum, Kohia Education Center
  • 2013 — Improving reading across the curriculum, Koha Education Center
  • 2011 — Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, National Secondary Literacy Hui
  • 2010 — Surfacing Teacher Beliefs, National Secondary Literacy Hui


  • 2014 — University of Auckland, Professional Staff Reward and Recognition Award


  • Madgwick, A. (2003) "We sink or swim together: a personal journey to meet the needs of Pacific Nation students". English in Aotearoa (51), p55-58.

Personal statement

We sink or swim together. Through building on our strengths and collaborating together we are more effective together than alone.

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