Liz works with primary and secondary schools, kura and communities in the areas of capability building, future-focused learning, evaluation for learning, professional conversations, teacher peer coaching and teacher research.
An experienced educator, Liz is strongly driven to help all learners discover and develop their potential. She has a particular research interest in environments where successful learning happens and developed the Story Hui methodology (as part of Doctoral research). This inquiry process enables both students and teachers to share new insights into what is happening as they learn.
Since joining the CORE Education team, Liz has co-led several Ministry of Education professional learning projects including ICTPD Project (2010), Blended eLearning (2011-2012) and Learning with Digital Technologies (2013-2016). She also led the TakingITGlobal programme in NZ, working closely with the Centre for Global Education in Canada.
Prior to working with CORE, Liz was Project Director for an Extending High Standards Across Schools (EHSAS) programme, head of a secondary school Arts faculty and a teacher of design, photography and painting. Before this, she was a speech-language therapist working in the health sector, specialising in visual communication support for children and adults with autism and cerebral palsy.
Liz has expertise in the following areas:
Working with teachers and leaders to:
collect and analyse student data from multiple sources
use a range of data within an inquiry process to build learning conversations
sustain school improvement initiatives through narrative inquiry and school review
develop Performance Stories for reporting to communities on progress.
Working with all leaders to:
build community capability for positive change and growth
Identify goals, develop strategic plans and design programmes of learning
Develop processes that ensure everyone has co-ownership of initiatives
Promote digital fluency, in particular for learners ‘at risk’ to increase learner satisfaction, wellbeing, engagement and achievement.
Mentoring and coaching face-to-face and online
Supporting teachers and leaders to:
establish capabilities for powerful professional conversations using Learning Talk (Dalton 2010-2016)
engage in rigorous, skilful conversations to improve learning outcomes for students
develop, understand and be able to implement online group protocols and processes
practise the art of professional coaching conversations in a variety of online settings.
Liz is an experienced ethnographic researcher with a particular interest in the use of image data as a way to jog our memories about simple, yet often pivotal actions that happen in learning environments; actions which can influence or reflect important change. She supports teachers and leaders to frame powerful research questions, determine appropriate methodologies and conduct educational research that is ethical, robust and makes a difference to learners.
● New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE)
● Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA)
● International Society for Education through Art (INSEA)
2004 DEANZ Award: Excellence in Distance, Open, Flexible and e-Learning – Online Mentoring f7@WOW
2004 Ministry of Education eFellowship
2002 Telecom National Project Award: Artists Online Mentoring Project - University Art Café
2001 BIST Innovation Award for the book: Alice’s Room - Online mentors in Class
Living with my family in a quiet spot on the East coast of the Bay of Plenty, I am surrounded by tall pōhutakawa that protect and nurture the new young growth alongside them - this idea of reciprocal and responsive relationships is at the heart of my work.