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About Us

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

All languages are to be treasured

Languages, Culture & Identity

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

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.

Improving instructional dexterity

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.

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.

Open-to-learning™ Leadership

Educational Leadership








2-day face-to-face programme



Face to face






Open-to-learning™ (OTL™) Leadership is for principals, senior leaders and teachers who want to improve their interpersonal effectiveness as they work with others to progress their school’s priority goals.

About the course

Course information

Who would benefit from attending this course?

This course is for educators who want to improve their interpersonal effectiveness as they work with others to progress their school’s priority goals.

This course is ideal for:

• Principals

• Deputy, Associate and Assistant Principals

• Heads of Department

• Heads of Faculties

• Senior Teachers

• Team Leaders

• Pastoral Leaders.

2024 course dates:

Dates: October 31st & November 1st.

Times: 10.00am - 3.30pm.

Location: Room 311, The University of Auckland, 10 Symonds Street, Auckland.  

Refreshments: Coffee, tea and biscuits on arrival. Lunch will be provided.

What we will cover

Open-to-learning Leadership™ (OTL™) supports you as you work to understand the theory and practices required for effective interpersonal communication.

Day one introduces you to the theory that underpins OTL™ Leadership and the connection between your personal leadership style and the OTL™ values.

Day two provides an extended opportunity to put theory into practice. This involves individual and group coaching enhanced by individualised feedback from accredited Leadership consultants.  


OTL™ is delivered in-person over two full-days. It is a highly practical and research-based professional development opportunity with direct relevance to your own leadership and school development.

The Understanding and Practising OTL™ Leadership two day workshop provides:

  • Coaching and extensive feedback from experienced and accredited facilitators on participants’ personal leadership style.
  • Problem solving contextualised to each participant’s role and organisation.
  • High quality course materials that include templates, cue cards, selected readings and workbooks.
  • Research-based professional development with direct relevance to participants’ own leadership and school development.
  • Considerable time for practising OTL™ conversations.
  • Expert critique of participants’ conversations.
  • A deepened understanding of the values that underpin OTL™.

Cost: $981 + GST each (or 25% discount for 3 or more participants from the same school).

“Open-to-learning™ Leadership helps to develop a culture of trust and continuous improvement. Starting as a first-time principal, it was important to work collaboratively and build relational trust with all stakeholders as we identified the future goals for our school. The learning gained from the workshops provided me with strategies for having challenging conversations that demonstrated a respect for others whilst addressing areas of concern. It has made me more mindful of my practice as a leader. Every conversation is an opportunity to be open to learning.”

Nesan Govender, Former Principal, Ohinewai School

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Open-to-learning Leadership

2024-10-31 10:00 pm
2024-11-01 3:30 pm