Charles joins CORE from the Education Review Office (ERO) where he was the Director for the national Māori Review Services team which carries out the external evaluations of kōhanga reo, puna reo, kura Māori and other institutions operating with a strong Māori kaupapa and philosophy. Charles began his professional career as a primary school teacher before being appointed as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Otago. Charles then returned to the classroom where he taught extensively in kura kaupapa Māori and wharekura.
Charles’ professional skills and credible talents saw him enter the public service in 2005 - firstly to the Education Review Office where he worked as a Review Officer in kōhanga reo and kura Māori and later as a Senior Advisor Māori, and then in the Ministry of Education as a Senior Partnership Advisor working alongside iwi and national Māori education organisations, and latterly as an Education Manager within the Waikato region. Charles also had short-term stints as an Education Private Secretary to Ministers of the Crown.
In 2015 Charles was appointed to the role of Associate Director Māori-medium at the Institute of Professional Learning at the University of Waikato, which would bring him even closer to influencing practice at classroom and leadership levels as an accredited Māori-medium PLD facilitator and as the project leader for Te Reo Māori in English-medium PLD. Charles contributed to a range of research and evaluation projects focused on te reo Māori, pedagogy and curriculum.
Charles was elected to the national executive for the Professional Learning Association of New Zealand (PLANZ) and appointed to the role as the co-chair – a position he held until mid-2017 when he returned once more to ERO. Charles’ extensive background and experience in education, especially evaluation in Māori settings, positions him well to support kura Māori who are seeking sustainable change and ongoing improvement that benefit students, their whānau and communities.
Charles has expertise to provide tailored professional development and consultancy services for Māori-medium and kaupapa Māori settings in the following areas:
- effective use of evaluation and analysis to drive ongoing improvement
- local curriculum design and implementation
- leadership development and support
- change management
- compliance with legal and regulatory requirements
- audit and assurance processes
- whānau and community engagement
- integration of technology to enhance teaching and learning
- workshop design, facilitation and evaluation.
2010: NZEALS Conference, Christchurch – Joint paper: What ERO national evaluation reports have to tell us about effective leadership in schools, kura and centres.
2007: AES International Conference, Melbourne – Joint paper: Cultural beliefs have value also: working with participants whose values may differ from that of the evaluator.
He uri tēnei nō Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Awa hoki e tuku mihi ana ki a koutou.
One of our proverbs in te ao Māori states that people are our greatest resource. Yet sometimes I feel in education that we make things harder for ourselves than they need to be! This often comes a desire and motivation to do things in ways that we think they ought to be done, rather than focusing on what is valued and important to the communities being served. My approach to working alongside leaders, teachers and whānau is underpinned by three commitments: to be of service and add value, to promote the importance of ongoing learning, and to demonstrate kindness and respect.