CORE's Team

Renee Raroa

Accredited Facilitator (English-medium)


2015 P.G.Cert. in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning) Unitec Institute of Technology
2014 Diploma in Te Pīnakitanga ki te Reo Kairangi Te Wānanga o Āotearoa
2013 Grad.Dip.Tch. (Secondary) University of Waikato
2006 B.Sc. (Neuroscience) University of Otago
2004 B.A. (Psychology and Māori Studies) University of Otago

Contact details


P: 0800 267 300

M: 021 041 6856

Accreditation Number: ACC 257

Region: Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Professional experience

Renee joined the CORE Education team in 2016. She has experience as a facilitator, providing tailored support to schools through the Learning with Digital Technologies professional learning programme. Renee also works as an advisor for Te Ara Whīti - The Connected Learning Advisory.

Renee has worked in both English-medium and Māori-medium settings as an advisor, facilitator and teacher. She is also involved in research, resource writing and programme development.

Renee draws on a broad skill set to provide tailored professional learning. Using an inquiry approach, Renee successfully supports schools and communities of learners to raise student achievement. Drawing on recent teaching experience, she has a genuine understanding of the needs of schools and school leaders.

Renee is passionate about Māori achieving success as Māori. Her enthusiasm and expertise in this area have led to her engagement in a number of research projects and initiatives.

Renee is actively involved in community enterprises, providing her with a depth of understanding about education in her region. She draws on local connections and expertise to provide the relevant support.

Before CORE Education, Renee worked at Lytton High School as a teacher of Mathematics and Science in both English-medium and bilingual settings. During this time, Renee had the opportunity to support the development of cross-curricular learning programmes, local curriculum resources and effective co-teaching practices.


Renee has expertise in the following areas:

Culturally responsive and bicultural practice

Successfully supporting schools and communities of learners to:

  • carry out a review of current practice

  • use Tātaiako to support the understanding and development of cultural competencies

  • engage with Māori students, whānau and community to develop vision and future direction

  • develop strategic plans and actions which support Māori achieving success as Māori.

Visioning and strategic direction

Successfully supporting schools and communities of learners to:

  • create a collaboratively formed vision

  • identify their current positioning using relevant tools and frameworks

  • establish meaningful relationships with all stakeholders to inform strategic thinking

  • develop a leadership model drawing on the expertise of all stakeholders

  • explore relevant research to support strategic thinking

  • create a strategic plan including success criteria and outcomes

  • communicate ideas and strategies to all stakeholders

  • create processes for ongoing review and evaluation

  • support leadership of change across the school community.

Digital fluency

Successfully supporting schools and communities of learners to:

  • use self-review e-learning frameworks to identify capabilities and target areas for improvement

  • plan strategically for the use of e-learning and digital technologies

  • increase student engagement and achievement through the use of digital technologies.

Future-focused education

Successfully supporting schools and communities of learners to:

  • evaluate current practices and identify future-focused goals

  • develop action plans that include future-focused pedagogies, effectively use modern learning environments and reflect biculturalism and agreed vision and values.

Targeted professional learning and development

Successfully supporting schools and communities of learners to:

  • develop a culture of learning across the school community

  • create policy and frameworks for professional learning review

  • identify professional learning needs in alignment with school vision

  • create systems and procedures to support sharing and collaboration.

Evaluative capability

Successfully supporting schools and communities of learners to:

  • identify target students from analysis of achievement data

  • collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data about students from multiple sources

  • use the spiral of inquiry framework to regularly review capacity.

Conference presentations, keynotes, seminars, workshops

  • 2016: Māori ICT - NetHui

  • 2016: Strategic Thinking Roadmap - CLA Roadshow

  • 2016: Building Digital Connections - CLA Roadshow

Personal statement

Ko Hikurangi te maunga
Ko Waiapu te awa
Ko Ngātiporou te iwi

A community empowered to learn, unlearn and relearn will achieve lofty goals. I believe that we must work together to forge new pathways, while acknowledging the wisdom of those who have come before us. I am enthusiastic about the development of our communities through education. Understanding the importance of cultural locatedness, identity and language I am passionate about working to build relationships between leaders and learners. My commitment to nurturing an effective bicultural partnership supports shifts in thinking and practice. I believe that the development of a learning culture in partnership with our communities will lead to improved outcomes for all.