Rick is an experienced educational leader and classroom teacher. He has a decade of experience as a principal in New Zealand schools and joined the CORE Education team in 2013 as a Learning with Digital Technologies Facilitator. In his leadership roles, Rick has led whole-organisation change, staff development, strategic planning and review, developed collaborative networks and worked effectively with wider communities. He specialises in working with Senior Leaders to accelerate their contribution when starting in new organisations or roles. Rick also enjoys coaching other coaches, particularly those who want to improve their skills inside their organisations.
Having worked in a variety of career roles (diverse enough to include jobs in farming, landscaping, military, government sector and education), Rick offers coaching and mentoring for a wide spectrum of skill-areas and issues and strongly advocates that, no matter what the organisation, a shift in leadership and management focus can make all the difference. He believes in the importance of creating organisations that motivate staff, help develop a collaborative culture, and support those who want to grow their skills. Personable and approachable, Rick’s coaching style has been developed throughout his years in leadership and working with leaders. His approach is inclusive and developmental, whereby he chooses approaches and tools that fit ‘where you are’ and support you to grow to where you want to be. Over the years the feedback from his clients has consistently highlighted Rick as warm, supportive and challenging, with a great sense of humour and easy style.
In addition to his work with CORE, Rick has continued his education and professional learning and is a doctoral student with the University of Waikato working towards an Ed.D in factors that affect Māori achieving success as Māori in virtual learning environments. Rick continues to support the Virtual Learning Network Primary School Project. His vision and drive has been critical to the continued growth and development of the VLN Primary across NZ schools. As an inaugural Council member, Rick collaborated to develop strategic goals and provide a governance role for the VLN Community.
Rick has expertise in the following areas:
- Developing educators’ digital literacy to support schools digital fluency.
- Online and face-to-face, with individuals and small groups (especially leadership across the sector).
- Developing leadership skills through leadership as inquiry, across all levels within the school.
Self review, data analysis
- Supporting schools to turn data into evidence to make informed choices.
- Facilitator with the Connected Learning Advisory SMS Roadshow 2016.
Facilitation of communities of online learning
- Supporting educators collaborating and networking online to raise teaching quality.
Teaching as inquiry
- Supporting educators to challenge their assumptions and practice, and the impact this has on learners.
Published papers, conference presentations and workshops
- Owen, H., Whalley, R., Dunmill, M., & Eccles, H. (2018). Social Impact in Personalised Virtual Professional Development Pathways. Journal of Educators Online, 15(1), n1.
- Owen, H., & Whalley, R. (2017). A Journey from within: The Virtual Mentoring CASE Model. Journal of Advances in Education Research, 2(4), 253-264.
- Owen, H., & Whalley, R. (2016). Facing down dragons and discovering gold: A tale of virtual mentoring and coaching. Proceedings of the DEANZ Conference 2016 (p 105-110). Hamilton: University of Waikato.
- Owen, H., & Whalley, R. (2016, April). Facing down dragons and discovering gold: A tale of virtual mentoring and coaching. Paper presented at the DEANZ Conference 2016, Hamilton, New Zealand.
- Whalley, R., & Khoo, E. (2016). Supporting Primary Student Independence in Virtual Learning: Investigating the role of School Based Support Staff. Proceedings of the DEANZ Conference 2016 (p 247-253). Hamilton: University of Waikato.
- Whalley, R., & Khoo, E. (2016). Supporting Primary Student Independence in Virtual Learning: Investigating the role of School Based Support Staff. Paper presented at the DEANZ Conference 2016, Hamilton, New Zealand.
- Owen, H, Whiting, S., & Whalley, R. (2016, April). Pathway into virtual mentoring: What is a virtual mentor, and why might you work as - or with - one? Workshop facilitated at the DEANZ Conference 2016, Hamilton, New Zealand.
National professional development
- 2016: Connected Learning Advisory - SMS workshops
- 2016: New Zealand Schools Trustees Association conference - Schools connected learners
- 2014-2017: uLearn - Planning strategically: using the eLearning Planning Framework
- 2014-2017: uLearn - Virtual mentoring
Educational organisation affiliations
- 2018-current: Chairperson - VLNP
- 2009-2017: Committee - Virtual Learning Network Primary School (VLNP)
- 2018-current: Treasurer - FLANZ
- 2014-2017: Committee - Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand (FLANZ)
I am committed to supporting others to develop their pedagogy to help learners grow and have access to the education opportunities they need. I draw on extensive experience and knowledge, using mentoring and coaching skills, to help educators and education leaders develop. I use the affordances of technology to enhance opportunities for networking and collaboration, which provides access to a variety of people within our network so that there is diversity of thought and action.