Since joining CORE Education in 2015, Joanne has worked alongside a number of schools across New Zealand to transform learning and leading in a personalised, future-focused way. Joanne is an experienced, innovative and passionate facilitator who works closely with leadership teams, leading professional learning and facilitating online learning.
Joanne’s strengths are working collaboratively to motivate and empower staff to promote excellence in teaching, leading and learning; setting high standards for all. As a confident, dynamic, and articulate facilitator, Joanne offers authentic critical friendship, future focused practices, and a solution focused approach to problem solving. Joanne is versatile, adaptable and a lifelong learner.
Joanne's M.EdLM focused on the 'Appraisal of Middle Leaders'. This equipped her with critical skills in utilising productive dialogue, leadership development and effective appraisal practice.
As an experienced leader and educator, Joanne draws on over 15 years’ curriculum and pastoral experiences across the sector, having taught most subjects, including English and Media Studies. Joanne draws on her experiences as foundation staff member of the first purpose built Junior High School. As an educational leader, Joanne worked hard to create an Innovative Learning Environment within a traditional classroom setting, equipping her team with innovative practice to empower all learners.
Joanne is an experienced facilitator with expertise in:
Working with schools, communities and boards of trustees to:
- explore future focused themes, including agency, personalisation, collaboration, digital fluency and inclusiveness
- support the implementation of future focused practice in an inclusive, collaborative and culturally responsive way
- build capacity within schools and communities, to implement innovative learning practice, aligned to the school vision and values
- underpins all learning, leading and development with current, relevant research and practical examples from Aotearoa NZ and overseas.
Working with middle and senior leaders, schools and communities to:
- build capacity to lead change
- mentor and coach leaders to build capabilities
- support leaders with specific leadership development and effective appraisal practice.
School review and strategic planning
Working with schools and communities to:
- develop review practice, underpinned by relevant research that promotes continuous improvement
- use a range of review tools, including the Educational Positioning System and ERO School Evaluation Indicators
- identify goals, develop strategic plans and implement programmes of learning, to ensure sustainable future focused school improvement.
Conference presentations, keynotes, seminars, workshops
- Middle Leaders as Instructional Leaders in Aotearoa, New Zealand schools - emerging data of role expectations and performance confidence (Bassett & Robson, and Cardno, Deo, Howse)
EDTech NZ Launch
- Panel guest 'The Future of Education is now!'
- Middle Leadership Matters - a practical approach to leading from the middle (Robson & Bassett)
- Collaboration - building a collaborative culture within Kāhui Ako
Changing Spaces: Rototuna High Schools, Hamilton
- Collaboration - building a collaborative culture
- Action Planning - So what? Now what?
- Middle Leaders Matter
Mid Bays Kāhui Ako: Staff Only Day, North Shore
- Future Focused Education, Now. (Keynote)
- Are we making enough difference for all our learners? (Workshop)
- Middle Leaders Matter - effective middle leadership development and appraisal
- Building a Collaborative Culture
- Outdoor Learning Settings
- Breakout 3 - Transforming Middle Leaders: Creating Communities of Leaders online
- Breakout 6 - Designing Inclusive Learning Environments
Emerging Leaders Summit, Auckland and Wellington
- Inclusive Learning Environments (Auckland / Wellington)
Future Education and Technology Summit, Auckland
- Learner Agency and Technology
DEANZ Conference, Hamilton
- “All’s well that ends better”: Engagement and retention in a collaborative online community (Lachlan McLaren, Joanne Robson & Sarah Whiting)
- The Two Towers: Appraisal and leadership development for ‘middle’ leaders (Martin Bassett & Joanne Robson)
- Breakout 1- A Practitioner's Perspective: Empowering Learners, Educators & Leaders
- Research Strand- Empowering Middle Leaders: Making Appraisal a meaningful and valued practice.
Emerging Leaders Summit, Auckland: Learner Agency
Future Education & Technology Summit, Auckland: Environments and eLearning
Bassett, M. & Robson, J. (2017) The two towers: The quest for appraisal and leadership development of middle leaders online. Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 21(2), [20–30].
CORE EdTalks (2017) Valuing and developing Middle Leaders in Aotearoa New Zealand
It's not a one person show anymore - Middle Leaders Matter (2017) podcast
CORE Education Blog (2017) Middle Leadership Matters
Cardno & Robson (2016) Realising the Value of Performance Appraisal for Middle Leaders in New Zealand Secondary Schools. Research in Educational Administration & Leadership, 1 (2), 229-254.
Bassett & Robson (2016) 'The Two Towers: Appraisal and leadership development for ‘middle’ leaders’ (PDF 4.4 MB)
McLaren, Robson & Whiting (2016) “All’s well that ends better”: Engagement and retention in a collaborative online community (PDF 4.4 MB)
Robson, J. (2012). The Appraisal of Middle Level Leaders in New Zealand Secondary Schools
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After travelling the world, I settled back in Tāmaki Makaurau. My husband and I love exploring our local beaches, coffee, reading and spending quality time with our blended whānau and friends.
I am highly passionate about education, lifelong learning and empowering others. I foster a growth mindset, thrive on challenges and I’m determined that our tamariki access the best education for their future!