Bachelor of Education – Victoria University of Wellington
Certificate, Principles of Project Management (PRINCE2)
Diploma of Teaching – Victoria University of Wellington
Trained Teachers' Certificate – Dunedin Teachers’ College
Brenda is a member of Tātai Aho Rau Core Education's content development team as a project manager. She has a background in primary teaching, with considerable experience supporting both teachers and learners via digital technologies. For the past twenty years Brenda has been involved in the creation and management of significant educational websites. She is a highly experienced educational resource writer and developer, website manager, online facilitator, and project manager across all sectors.
Brenda has played a major role in many substantial digital education projects, including several in both English and te reo Māori, for government departments and other organisations:
- Ministry of Education: Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) website (online editor, community facilitator, site manager)
- Ministry of Education: Assessment Online, NCEA on TKI, Senior Secondary Online, wickED website and Study
- Support Centres online management system (site and project manager)
- Ministry of Primary Industries: SOPI resources (project manager)
- Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise: Consumer Protection resources (project manager)
- Inland Revenue: Tax and Citizenship teaching resources (project manager)
Walking Access Commission: Both Sides of the Fence website, e-book, and teaching resources (project manager, writer)
- NZ Post: Magical Tales website, e-book, and teaching resources (project manager)
- Statistics New Zealand: Let's do the Census teaching and learning resources (project manager, writer)
- Social Studies Online (project manager)
- 2020 Trust: Living Heritage website (site and project manager)
- Treaty Information Unit: Treaty of Waitangi school's resource kit (writer)
- Biotechnology Hub (site and project manager)
Brenda has an excellent working knowledge of National Education Guidelines, the New Zealand Curriculum, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. She is comfortable and competent at working with te reo Māori resources. By combining her own project skills with the knowledge of internal and external education community stakeholders, she builds collegial and lasting working relationships which result in high quality project outcomes.
Brenda's specialist skills and knowledge encompass:
- digital project management
- website management
- facilitation of online and offline communities
- online editing
- resource writing, especially for social sciences, English, the arts and technology
Conference presentations, seminars and workshops
2019 uLearn workshop: Navigating assessment online to minimise disruption
2018 uLearn workshop: Assessment and reporting in the era of change
2016 uLearn workshop: Using data to transform teaching and learning.
Growing up as a member of a large extended family, and keeping up with my four children and grandchildren, has broadened my perspective on life; and in particular my views about education.
I have a strong belief in the accessibility of and equity in education for all, with current and evolving technologies being crucial to facilitating learning opportunities.