Ako in action: School leaders talk about their learning

Eight New Zealand school leaders talk about how they connected the learning they undertook in professional learning programmes to their professional practice. 

The Experienced Principals Development Programme (EPDP)

This programme developed the capability of experienced principals to lead change that creates effective teaching and learning conditions.

Peter Gall, principal Papatoetoe High School, talks about: 

the importance of developing school leadership

a principal's leadership role 

supporting inquiry approaches 

meeting the needs and aspirations of Māori students.

Wendy Kofoed, principal Newmarket Primary School, talks about:

the progress of Māori and Pasifika students 

supporting teacher inquiry 

building inquiry approaches into school practices.

Verity Harlick and Megan Odgers, principals of Arthur Street and Ravensbourne schools, Dunedin, talk about:

five small schools working together

the benefits of clusters

their commitment to ako.

The Ariki Project

Principals enjoy problem solving and debating ideas together. The aim of the Ariki Project was to further expand and strengthen this way of working.

Gary Punler, principal Westend School, Palmerston North, talks about:

the Ariki Project 

quality learning circles 

motivating and leading others

deprivatising practice.

The National Aspiring Principals Programme (NAPP)

This programme was designed to prepare aspirants for principalship in a range of New Zealand schools.

Louise Anaru, principal Flaxmere College, talks about:

relational trust

moral purpose

the leader as learner.

Anne Coster, deputy principal Wellington Girls' College, talks about:

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student voice

culture shifts

student leadership.

Maggie Reid, deputy principal Flanshaw Road School, Te Atatu, talks about:

nurturing aspiring leaders

developing leadership potential in a school.

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