Conference Workshops


Each workshop will run for an hour and a quarter and will be a mix of content, practical exercises and discussion.

kare ā roto:  a model for understanding and working with emotion in second-chance teaching and learning - Lynnette Brice 
Dr Lynnette (Lynne) Brice is currently Manager, Learner Engagement and Success Services at Open Polytechnic with previous leadership experience in foundation education across a wide range of contexts, and in teen parent education.  Having left school at age 15 and returned to education in her early 30’s, Lynne is a passionate and scholarly informed advocate for adult learners re-engaging in education. Her expertise combines technological advances in education with planned positive human interventions that impact on student outcomes.  Lynne brings a strong bi-cultural and multi-cultural awareness to all her advocacy work on behalf of adult learners and her recent research into the impact of emotions in second-chance teaching and learning breaks new ground in this field.

In her workshop Lynne will present some of the findings from her recent research into the impact of the emotional experiences of kaiako and ākonga in second chance teaching and learning situations, and the model she developed as way of working with emotions in these settings: kare ā roto. The presentation is followed by a practical activity that allows participants to engage with the model in ways that reflect their own contexts.

Kaipātiki Project - A Community Response to Climate Change and Disaster Capitalism. - Sam Tu'itahi
Sam is a member of the Kaipātiki Project, an environmental hub which runs a thriving native plant nursery facilitating forest and stream restoration and promoting local food and zero waste initiatives. Sam builds relationships and engages with diverse groups in the community through sustainability workshops, and volunteering activities in the nursery, teaching garden or local reserves. Sam has had many community roles through education trusts Ako Mātātupu and Manaiakalani, and has led pilot programmes for positive parenting and youth development. 

In his workshop he will talk about his role at the Kaipātiki Project and guide participants in the development of their own goals and plans to implement programmes which address climate change and disaster capitalism.  


Developing Learner Agency - Damon Whitten
Damon is a specialist provider of professional development to the tertiary sector, focusing on adult literacy and numeracy. He aims to generate and connect research to real-world contexts using the results to develop effective teaching and learning approaches. His goal is to empower and re-engage adult learners with their dreams, passions and potentials through numeracy and literacy education.

Damon’s presentation will explore strategies that you can share with learners to develop their learner agency. School is a wonderful place and time for some people, but as we know, many leave feeling emotionally beaten up and drained of their confidence to learn.   

The learner agency project is designed to help such learners change the script, to become good learners, develop sharp thinking skills, and master the learning process.

Site Visits

Buses will transport you to your site from Te Wharewaka and you will spend an hour with your hosts learning about their programmes and meeting learners.

Wellington High Community Education - Nigel Sutton
For over 100 years Wellington High School has been providing adult community education in various forms. The Community Education Centre is the largest ACE in Schools programme and offers over 600 courses in a huge range of subjects,  serving over 7,000 enrolments annually. There are night classes, Saturday workshops, and daytime ESOL courses. While most courses are hosted at Wellington High School, some operate at different locations around Wellington. A team of 3.5 full time staff operates from a small office on the corner of the school car park, and  between 130-160 tutors deliver the programmes. Nigel is looking forward to hosting you for a tour of the site and more useful information and inspiration than you imagine!

Common Unity Project - Julia Milne
Common Unity Project Aotearoa began as a pilot project in the Hutt Valley in 2012 to explore the idea of community partnership as a way of celebrating strengths and addressing common challenges. Founder Julia Milne has a vision for an Aotearoa in which all children are treasured and have equal opportunities for health and participation. Common Unity projects include urban kai farms, beekeeping, a sew good cooperative, sewing workshops, a kitchen and catering and more.

WELLfed - Rebecca Morahan and Kim Murray
Rebecca and Kim started the community-led organisation close to five years ago because they discovered that many people in their community wanted to learn how to cook. Since then WELLfed has moved from a cooking class once a week for a small group of mainly Māori and Pasifika women, to an organisation with four day-time classes per week, over 50 volunteers and a large community garden, teaching over 300 Porirua East households how to prepare healthy, affordable meals. About 40 percent of those in their classes are Māori, 50 percent Pasifika, and 10 percent other or migrant. WELLfed provides skills, confidence, equipment and support for families to feed themselves well using basic, low-cost, seasonal ingredients.