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Donald Niven

Title: Facilitator
  • MOE Accredited
  • English Medium Accredited

  • Communities of Learning / Kāhui Ako
  • Embedding language, culture and identity
  • Engaging whānau and communities
  • Enhancing student agency
  • Innovative Teaching and Learning
  • Leading for Excellence
  • Lifting student achievement

Phone: 027 235 5424
Email: donald.niven@waikato.ac.nz


2016 GROWTH Coaching

1978 Trained Teachers Certificate

My Experience

Prior to becoming an advisor, I spent 34 years’ as a principal working closely and effectively with school communities in both small, rural and large, urban settings. Working within a team is a joy and I have well developed interpersonal and communication skills to build and maintain successful and effective relationships. These are skills I use to mentor principals in their role as effective leaders.

Having a clear vision, effective communication and organisational skills along with the ability to nurture a positive collaborative climate I can help facilitate effective professional development practices that incorporate my sound knowledge of the curriculum and above all, a clear focus on pedagogical leadership so that equitable outcomes for all learners is always at the forefront.

In working alongside principals, my experience enables me to support them in developing their leadership capabilities. Leadership which promotes a strong sense of team work, quality of communication and performance of staff. The foundation of successful leadership is the building of effective and trusting relationships with the leader as part of the team, leading collaboratively. Growing leaders within their team by equipping them to take personal leadership responsibility, encourages them to learn and grow. I also support principals to resource their school strategically when managing resources, people and building sustainability, while providing coaching on creating effective solutions when leading change, managing staff and dealing with ethical issues.