From Issues to Action - Panel Discussion

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Melanie Riwai-Couch and Welby Ings share their experiences to inspire you to take your ideas, to iterate them, to refine them, and transform them into tangible actions that will create change.


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Dr Melanie R. Riwai-Couch

Dr Melanie Riwai-Couch is a recently appointed education consultant for Evaluation Associates.  She was formerly the Tumuaki (principal) of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whānau Tahi, a year 1 - 13 Māori immersion school located in Christchurch.  For term 4 2017 and Term 1 2018 Melanie was seconded to the Education Council | Matatū Aotearoa facilitating English and Māori medium workshops about Our Code Our Standards and Appraisal.

Melanie is an appointed member of the Ngārimu VC 28th Māori Battalion Scholarship Board and the Competence Authority of the Education Council | Matatū Aotearoa.  In 2017 she was a judge for the Senior English section of the National Ngā Whakataetae Manu Kōrero speech competitions held in Taranaki.

Melanie has worked throughout the education sector in schools, kura, for iwi (Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu) and the Ministry of Education. For nine years she trained secondary school teachers at the Christchurch College of Education.

Melanie has a PhD in Education awarded by the University of Canterbury in 2015.  Her doctoral research investigated iwi-school communities of practice and their contribution to Māori student achievement.  Prior to her doctorate Melanie completed two Ed.D. papers in Education Leadership and Change through Griffith University, has a Master of Education with Distinction (University of Canterbury), a Bachelor of Education specialising in Physical Education and a Secondary Diploma of Teaching.

Recently retired from netball Melanie now lives vicariously through her five children aged 8 - 17 who are active rugby players, netballers, gamers and gymnasts.

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Welby Ings

Welby Ings is a Professor in Design at Auckland University of Technology. He is an elected Fellow of the British Royal Society of Arts and has been a consultant to many international organizations on issues of creativity and learning.

Welby is also an internationally acclaimed author, designer, illustrator, and film maker. He has taught at all levels of the New Zealand school system and his widely acclaimed book Disobedient Teaching was released in March this year. In 2001 Welby was awarded the Prime Minister's inaugural, Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence and in 2014 he was awarded the AUT University medal for his contributions to research, pedagogy and creativity.

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