Prior to working with CORE Education, Diane worked for four years in education reform in the Middle East, providing professional development to teachers on a wide range of educational topics to help align their teaching with 21st century expectations in education. Diane is committed to working alongside teachers and sharing best practice—she says educational teacher talk helps to crystallize ideas and beliefs about excellence in education. She is mindful that students deserve the best that teachers have to offer and that teaching, learning and assessment needs to be technologically relevant to students—the digital natives in our schools.
Diane is a trained secondary IT and Mathematics teacher. Most of her secondary teaching has been in Waikato schools with a high proportion of Maori students. Diane has held the positions of Dean, HOD Mathematics, HOD Computing and team leader for IT PD. Equity and building student confidence to learn and achieve, underpinned all roles held.
Professional Development, Managing Change, Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Secondary Schools, eLearning, whole school educational reform,
Mills, D. (2011) 21st Century Learning and Teaching, Hamilton Girls’ High School cluster
Mills, D. (2010) Student Voice, Ulearn Conference
Mills, D. (2010) Professional Learning Communities, NorthGlen Cluster teacher only day
Mills, D. (2010) Project Based Learning, Hamilton girls’ High School cluster
Mills, D. (2010) Secondary Literacy in the content areas, Learning@School Conference
PPTA Study Award
Mills, D. (2006) “Providing educational professional development in another culture: a reflective journey” Dissertation, Waikato University
“I am based in the Waikato and have been a keen harrier and still find enjoyment in running regularly, I also enjoy other outdoor occupations such as gardening. Time with family and friends is precious too.”