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Tui Tuia | Learning Circle empowers Kāhui Ako, kaiako, teachers, school leaders and tumuaki to achieve better outcomes for students and learners.

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Languages, Culture & Identity

We offer programmes, workshops, in-person classroom support, online support and resources to help strengthen language learning in New Zealand schools.

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Cultural competencies

Pacific-Led Education

Empowering educators, students, and communities to shape a future of educational excellence that is firmly rooted in Pacific identity and aspirations.

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Literacy and Numeracy

We work with schools to build the literacy and numeracy capability of school leaders and teachers to accelerate learning outcomes for all students.

Empowering school leadership

Educational Leadership

Strengthening leadership capabilities for current and future school leaders.

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Our Professional
Learning Offerings

Our team is dedicated to empowering school leaders as they pursue excellent and equitable outcomes for their students. Through research-informed and highly practical leadership development offerings, we work to affirm, challenge and enhance the skills and knowledge of school leaders at all career stages. To find out more, email lc.leadership@auckland.ac.nz.

Aotearoa New Zealand

  • Providing engaging, research-informed leadership development opportunities for leaders at all career stages - middle, senior, principal, and system leadership.
  • Offering high quality, bespoke leadership learning to individuals and school leadership teams.
  • Working in partnership with Kāhui Ako to meet their community’s unique leadership development challenges.
  • Empowering leaders to build relationships while doing the work required to achieve excellent and equitable outcomes for all students.
  • Providing flexible and engaging modes of learning - face to face, online and blended. 
  • Equipping school leaders with the skills and knowledge required to effectively lead improvement in their context.

Around the world

  • Designing and delivering bespoke leadership development offerings to gain excellent and equitable outcomes for all students.
  • Offering high quality leadership learning to individuals and school leadership teams.
  • Equipping school leaders with the skills and knowledge required to effectively lead improvement in their context.
  • Providing flexible and engaging modes of learning - face toface, online and blended. 
  • Working in partnership with education authorities to meet their system’s contextually unique leadership development challenges.
  • Enhancing the leadership capabilities and understandings of senior school and system leaders. 
  • Supporting the career development of teachers and leaders at all stages of their professional life.
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Upgrade your skills and knowledge with our range of evidence-based, professional learning opportunities.
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Growing Great Leaders™ 2: Improving Student Outcomes
Educational Leadership

Growing Great Leaders™ 2: Improving Student Outcomes

GGL™ 2: Improving Student Outcomes challenges leadership teams to work together to identify, and progress a significant student-centred improvement priority from their school.

Principal Wellbeing
Educational Leadership

Principal Wellbeing

A suite of professional learning designed to support principals across the motu in achieving their wellbeing goals with support from their peers and learn from a diverse range of experts.

Open-to-learning™ Leadership
Educational Leadership

Open-to-learning™ Leadership

Open-to-learning™ (OTL™) Leadership equips leaders with the skills and knowledge required to progress school priorities while maintaining high-quality relationships.

School-wide Assessment Capability & Data Literacy
Educational Leadership

School-wide Assessment Capability & Data Literacy

Do you want to strengthen the assessment capability and data literacy of your leadership team? This opportunity is Ministry funded and free to schools applying through Regionally-Allocated PLD for Term 2 2024.

On Demand
English Medium
Lifting Achievement in Literacy  and Numeracy Co-Requisites
Educational Leadership
Literacy

Lifting Achievement in Literacy and Numeracy Co-Requisites

Are you interested in lifting achievement in literacy and mathematics with a focus on the Literacy and Numeracy Co-Requisites? This opportunity is Ministry funded and free to schools applying through Regionally-Allocated PLD in Term 2, 2024.

On Demand
English Medium
Growing Great Leaders™ 1: Leadership Essentials
Educational Leadership

Growing Great Leaders™ 1: Leadership Essentials

Growing Great Leaders™ 1: Leadership Essentials is a research-informed leadership development opportunity that is relevant to school leaders at all career stages.

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Our Principles

Our work is informed by rigorous educational leadership research and the practical experience of our team of researchers, past principals, and senior leaders. We are committed to improving student outcomes through building leadership expertise.

Our latest mahi

Explore our evidence-based development opportunities, success stories, and transformative insights that can empower your leadership journey.

Michigan State University (MSU) Study Tour

We recently welcomed MSU's esteemed academics on their journey of discovery through our unique educational landscape. We designed an engaging week-long tour packed with insights into the research and theory underpinning our curriculum frameworks, with a focus on literacy, educational leadership, and Māori & Pacific-led initiatives. Our guests also visited schools and experienced the beauty of Te Tai Tokerau Northland's iconic attractions!

If you would like to organise a bespoke study tour experience for your team, don't hesitate to get in touch.

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Growing Great Leaders™ for International Partners

Take your team's leadership to the next level. Learn more about our research-informed approach to school improvement leadership for international partners!

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Principal Wellbeing

This suite of professional learning is designed to give Principals the opportunity to learn from a diverse range of experts, connect and learn from peers and embed sustainable wellbeing practices.

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Peninsula Primary School Testimonial

Hear what Peninsula Primary had to say about how our Growing Great Leaders™ workshop positively influenced their leadership team.

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Learning Schools Overview

Learning Schools is an approach to improve valued student learning outcomes by working in partnership with schools. Learn more by accessing our brochure below!

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Our People

Our passionate and experienced kaiwhakaruruhau facilitators are dedicated to delivering world class PLD for schools across New Zealand, the Pacific, Australia and internationally. They are supported by our Senior Leadership Team.

Dr Linda Bendikson
Dr Linda Bendikson
Leadership Consultant
Sean Bailey
Sean Bailey
Principal Wellbeing Facilitator
Brenda Martin
Brenda Martin
Practice Partner
Dr Mei Lai
Dr Mei Lai
Director | Learning Schools
Linda Miller
Linda Miller
Leadership Consultant
Perry Rush
Perry Rush
Programme Director and Stakeholder Engagement
Esther Hall
Esther Hall
Programme Coordinator
Richard Newton
Richard Newton
Leadership Consultant
Martin Turner
Martin Turner
Leadership Consultant
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Making an impact

Hear from educators whose practice have been positively impacted by our innovative approach to learning and professional development.

Principal Wellbeing PLD

"It's scientific, it's based on evidence, and it's tailored. The lens is a Principal CEO lens so it's mindful of the many balls that we have in the air. I really like how it's linked to science and physiology and anatomy and that speaks to me. It is really evidence-based and it references medical journals. It's very practical; I feel like I've left the sessions with really pragmatic things that I can implement straight away and it's actually had an impact on me straight away."

Paula Wine, Principal/Tumuaki of Woodstock Primary School, Hamilton

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Hugely valuable

I recently attended the two-day Open to Learning Leadership workshop and found it to be hugely valuable.

It provided me with a framework to explore my own beliefs and how they inform my actions (or inactions) and therefore the way in which I engage in conversations, or perhaps avoid conversations.  It challenged me around the ‘undiscussables’ that exist within groups and organisations, and how we owe our colleagues the respect of surfacing these in a respectful way but perhaps don’t always have the tools to do this.

Celia Fleck

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Best professional learning experience

Linda and her team led one of best professional learning experiences I have been involved with in my many roles in secondary schools. The Growing Great Leaders Level 1 course has given me clear artefacts in the form of templates and flow charts to use in a range of situations. I would highly recommend this course to all leadership teams to engage with.

Martin Bennett

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Michigan State University Study Tour

“We are very grateful to you and the Tui Tuia Learning Circle team for all the support and assistance provided to the MSU Global EPLP participants over the past several months. The collaborative efforts involved in planning, organizing, and preparing for the October New Zealand field experience resulted in a very successful 2023 program.

The positive comments and sincere expressions of appreciation made during our wrap-up call yesterday are indicative of the impact of this years’ experience. Thanks again for your efforts and your friendship.  We look forward to future collaboration opportunities.” 

Dan Schultz, MSU College of Education

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Positive Leadership

I learned a lot about positive and effective leadership within the education sphere, and what a good leader looks, sounds, and feels like within a school. I also got to network with lots of other teachers who shared their experiences and situations with me and had lots of advice and encouragement to share.
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Understanding Leadership

I have been able to deepen my understanding on Leadership, understand the new research and build a good ground on which to inspire my team.
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Good Leadership Knowledge

I have achieved a good knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of leadership.
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Through nurturing learners, educators, leaders and communities, our future will flourish.

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We can create bespoke course offerings to suit you and your school or kura's needs. Get in touch with us today so we can tailor our approach in helping you and your learning community!

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Trusted partners & donors

We work closely with many organisations including language associations, other providers of teacher training and professional development, universities, overseas governments and business associations delivering quality, support and opportunities for teachers.

We are proud to be sponsors of the following educational leadership organisations:

Wellington Regional Primary Principals' Association (WRPPA)
Auckland Primary Principals' Association (APPA)
New Zealand  Principals' Federation (NZPF)
National Association of Secondary Deputy and Assistant Principals (NASDAP)

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