Glenda Albon

Accredited Facilitator (English-medium)

M: 021 242 9636
P: 0800 267 300
E: glenda.albon@core-ed.ac.nz
Region: Canterbury/Chatham Islands

Glenda Albon

Qualifications

Advanced Certificate Infant & Toddler Mental Health
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Certificate Infant & Toddler Mental Health (Commendation)
Diploma Teaching (ECE)

Professional profile

Glenda has been involved in early childhood professional development work for ten years. Prior to joining CORE, she was teaching infants, toddlers and young children in both rural and urban mainstream services for 12 years. Prior to this, she spent over 15 years working with children and their whānau/families from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds within the Playcentre movement.

In Glenda's current role, she engages with kaiako and senior team leaders in group care and home base services in varied settings, facilitating and challenging their pedagogical thinking and beliefs to enable them to make transformative change in their practice. She is currently facilitating the SELO 3 Pacific Leaders programme, and the Kōwhiti Whakapae supported trial. These projects are contracted by the Ministry of Education.

Glenda is also involved in a research project relating to transition to school for Pacific children and their fānau, and coaching and mentoring ECE leaders. Her current study towards a Masters in Education has enabled her to mentor and effectively support others in their leadership journey.

Expertise

Glenda has broad experience in developing and facilitating professional learning programmes through face-to-face and online workshops for kaiako, parents and a range of other professional groups. She has developed a strong understanding of her own cultural intelligence and can competently support others to strengthen theirs.

Recent projects have included co-facilitating workshops in the SELO Pasifika Leadership programme, to raise teachers' cultural intelligence and culturally-responsive teaching practices for engaging with Pasifika Aiga in their communities. Other projects include Lead Facilitator roles in SELO 3 programmes; Te Aho Tukutuku Mathematics and Infants and Toddlers.

Glenda has been involved with contributing to Te Whāriki 2017 webinar planning discussions, engaging in online hui with Curriculum Champions and integrating these concepts into all programmes, and most recently, she has been Lead Facilitator in He Māpuna te Tamaiti Social and Emotional Competence, and is currently participating in a Transitions to school research project. Focus areas include environments and transitions, brain development, wellbeing, belonging, agency and inclusion, respectful, responsive and reciprocal practices, inclusive practices of culturally diverse pedagogies, and social competence with kaiako from a range of services across the South Island.

Glenda has thorough knowledge of Te Whāriki, 2017 Ka Hikitia, the Pasifika Education Plan, Te Whāriki, 2017, Kei Tua o te Pae, Tātaiako, Tapasā, Te Whatu Pōkeka, Assessment and Planning.

Personal statement

I am passionate about ensuring that all tamariki are able to be successful in their learning. I believe that all kaiako must take the responsibility to be culturally responsive with the diverse learners we have in New Zealand today.

I am passionate about understanding the context and cultural identity of children and families, in particular those from of ‘minoritised’ groups, to ensure their own values and expectations are not lost within the dominant culture of the communities they live in. I prioritise the importance of kaiako recognition of a true partnership with whānau. Another key interest is to ensure a sense of belonging and wellbeing is established and maintained for kaiako, tamariki, and their whānau as they engage in partnership within their learning communities.

When we open our minds and our hearts to new opportunities for learning through a professional lens, we are better equipped to facilitate these skills with other learners. It is a privilege to be able to support and mentor other educators as they identify and work towards their own learning goals. By sharing my knowledge and experiences in my early childhood career, my goal is to empower other educators to achieve and discover their own passions and aspirations with children and their whānau.

I love spending time with my family, grandchildren and friends, having fun, learning to appreciate art, participating in walking adventures, reading, and watching movies.