Alana is a highly experienced consultant with over 16 years experience in supporting schools to improve success outcomes for learners. She has previously worked for the Ministry of Education and been involved in the facilitation of national contracts aimed at improving leadership, pedagogy, curriculum, pathways and partnerships. She is the national secondary literacy online facilitator and has proven expertise in accelerating learning in a number of secondary schools. Her breadth of experience ranges from working with iwi and schools in Whanganui to achieve iwi aspirations, culturally responsive leadership, improving writing, Pasifika success, disciplinary literacy, improved reporting, accelerating learning in mathematics and more.
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William began his teaching career at Manurewa High School, where as well as teaching Science and Chemistry he held roles such as Dean, Faculty Head, Data Manager for results and ICT Facilitator. It was here where he began his foray into future education with visiting the Navigator schools such as Glen Waverly in Melbourne, Australia and attending conferences that were forerunners to ULEARN. These experiences grew his awareness of what was to come and developed his understanding of change necessary within schools.
The next stage of his education journey was a Director of ICT at Diocesan School for Girls where he led the 1:1 laptop programme at a strategic level with Senior Leaders, the Board of Governors, and at the coal face with students and teachers. A unique experience that involved all elements from technical support, pedagogy, professional development, and working directly with Toshiba and Equico with the SNAP programme.
The grounding prepared William to be a Senior Leader in two newly built state schools, Alfriston College (est 2004) and Ormiston Senior College (est 2011). At Alfriston, foundation Senior Leader “responsible for everything that plugged in” (quote at the time from the foundation Principal John Locke), as well as procurement, ICT PD contracts, pedagogy and the Independent Learning Centre. At Ormiston, assessment, models for independent learning, foundation values, appointments, and leadership development were some of the responsibilities.