CORE's Team

Mark Osborne

Senior Advisor — Future Focused Education/Senior Consultant — Future Focused Schools Coordinator

Qualifications: DipTchg (Sec), MA (Hons)


P: (09) 973 5695

M: 021 475 666

Region: Auckland

Mark Osborne

Professional profile

Mark is a Senior Advisor in future-focused education, particularly in the areas of innovative learning environments, leadership and modern learning practice. To put it another way, he helps organisations design and build great spaces to learn, while helping educators develop the capacity to make the most of those spaces. Mark's personal mission is to turn all schools into awesomeness incubators, and he is currently completing his PhD on change leadership in innovative learning environments at the University of Melbourne.

Mark was part of the foundation leadership team at one of New Zealand’s leading future-focused schools: Albany Senior High School. Mark also established the country’s first open source high school, and an innovative bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programme in 2009. Mark has helped dozens of organisations launch their BYOD programmes, helping schools and centres to break free of industrial age education.


  • Change leadership
  • Learning environment design and implementation
  • Community engagement and participation
  • Distributed leadership; strengths-based leadership and growing middle leadership
  • Teaching as inquiry, research and evidence-based practice
  • Effective staff professional learning
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Facilitating conferences, barcamps and unconferences
  • E-learning


  • MLE Implementation – Critical friend to a wide range of schools (including Hobsonville Point Primary and Secondary, Hereora Cluster; Nelson College for Girls; Ngatea and Hampden Street Schools) who are building innovative learning spaces, either from scratch or by turning existing classroom blocks into modern learning environments.
  • MLE Planning – Has assisted visioning, community consultation, and prototyping processes for many Christchurch schools as part of their rebuilds, including Sumner, Leeston, Ōpāwa and Wakefield Schools.
  • MLE Publications – Author of a series of white papers on effective practice in modern learning environments.

Professional memberships

  • Association for Learning Environments (A4LE)

Conference presentations

  • 2016 Next Generation Learning Spaces (Melbourne) Strand co-chair
  • 2015 Accent Environments (Canada) Keynote Speaker
  • Maharahui (United Kingdon) Keynote speaker
  • Emerging Leaders’ Summit Keynote speaker 2012-2016
  • videos


  • 2010 Best Open Source Contribution in Education
  • 2003 Heads of Independent Schools Scholarship


  • Osborne, M. (2015). Developing Readiness for Change. Professional Educator, 8–11.
  • Osborne, M. (2014). Modern Learning Environments and Libraries. Collected, 1–6.
  • Osborne, M. (2014). Inviting innovation: Leading meaningful change in schools. SET Research Information for Teachers, 2, 3–8. Retrieved from
  • Osborne, M. (2014). Changing Practice When Spaces Change. In What Works? University of Melbourne.

Personal statement

I'm a primary-trained English and history teacher, but have worked in e-learning most of my career. I live in Auckland with my wife and two boys, and enjoy being in the vegetable garden as much as I can. I like messing around with solar-powered robots and smartphone apps. I also love books, libraries and New Zealand art.

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