Kaihuawaere Ngaio Matua | Accredited Facilitator (English-medium and Māori-medium)
Graduate Diploma in Māori Language and Pedagogies – Aumiri Pounamu
Postgraduate Certificate Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning) – MindLab Unitec
Microsoft Certified Educator
Certificate (with Distinction) Learning to Teach Online – University of New South Wales
Postgraduate Diploma Teaching (Secondary) – Auckland College of Education
Bachelor of Arts – University of Auckland
Lex’s career has been dedicated to exploring and challenging learning practice and pedagogy, seeking to improve the schooling experience for whānau and ākonga. He has experience working in innovative learning environments across three new campuses and two different countries and, as a result, has a deep understanding of how to contextualise and apply research and practice. He has had experience working with change in leadership, pedagogy and schools’ digital and physical environments. His current interest lies in wellbeing, cultural capability, and the role of student agency through these kaupapa.
Prior to working at CORE, Lex worked at Manurewa High School, overseas in the UK and then as a foundation staff member at Ormiston Senior College. During this time he took leadership in developing the middle and Māori leadership spaces. Moving to the Cook Island’s Ministry of Education as a Pedagogy and Learning Advisor, he developed strategy and facilitated learning for teachers around digital technology, working with data and developing a nationwide SMS and approaches to inquiry learning. He also led a team to design and support teachers into a new integrated language environment (ILE) on Rarotonga. Most recently, he was a foundation middle leader of the senior community at Haeata Community Campus, developing and implementing their approaches to innovative learning in Christchurch.
- Future-focused education
- Innovative learning environments
- Leading change
- Culturally responsive practice (English medium)
- Innovation in NCEA – Social Science & Literacy
- Diversity education and inclusive practice
- Accredited NZIWR wellbeing facilitator.
2021 with J Hough. Ko tātou tēnei. Ko tātou tēnei | This is us. CORE Education
2016 with A. Page. 'The alignment of innovative learning environments and inclusive education: How effective is the new learning environment in meeting the needs of special education learners?' In New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 13(2), 81-98.
2015 'Apii Nikao: A Phoenix Arising from the Ashes'. In Korero: The Research Journal for Cook Islands Educators, 3.
2015 'How to Make it Stick: Pedagogy and MLEs'. In Korero: The Research Journal for Cook Islands Educators, 3.
Recent conference presentations, seminars and workshops
2018 Teachers' Refresher Course Committee: Course Convenor, ILE from the why to the how.
Awards, fellowships and scholarships
2019 Mātauraka Mahaanui: Kā pou pou reo o Tahu Study Award
2015 Fulbright New Zealand: Meg Everton Professional Enhancement Award, Community Engagement: University of South Florida & East Carolina University
I am powered by social justice and challenge in our educational communities. I am dedicated to working to improve teaching and learning programmes to enhance success for students who may not have equitable access to education.
Education has changed my life and I love that it offers the same opportunity for other students in Aotearoa.