- Restorative Practice
2008 Masters of Educational Leadership, (with Distinction), Auckland University of Technology
2002 Bachelor of Teaching and Learning, Christchurch College of Education
2001 Diploma in Educational Management, Auckland University
2001 Higher Diploma of Teaching, Auckland University
1982 Trained Teacher’s Certificate, Hamilton Teachers College
1981 Teachers College Diploma, Hamilton Teachers College
Ko Taupiri te maunga, ko Waikato te awa, ko Tainui te iwi, ko Nga Tai e Rua te marae. No Tuakau ahau. I tenei wa, ko Tamaki Makaurau toku kainga.
Ko Leane Carlson taku ingoa.
Mana tu mana ora – empathy motivates
I am a highly experienced and passionate leader, educator, and facilitator having worked in schools for 34 years, (29 years in NZ and 5 years internationally in 4 countries). I have fourteen years’ experience in school leadership as Principal, Deputy Principal, HOD and Team Leadership as well as enjoying being a classroom teacher for twenty years. During this time I have led, facilitated and managed many change initiatives such as 21st Century Skills, SOLO Taxonomy, Professional Learning Communities, Inquiry Based Learning, Differentiation through Process/Product/Content/Environment/Readiness, Raising Achievement, as well as Curriculum initiatives in Literacy, Numeracy, Technology, Health and PE, to name a few.
My particular strength and passion is in building and sustaining relationships with challenging students, to engage them in learning. My own restorative approach which I implemented school-wide, effectively and sustainably created a relational, student-centred, positive school culture which empowered teachers with better strategies, reduced behavioural incidents, and increased student engagement and achievement in learning. This has led me into working for the Institute of Professional Learning with the Restorative Practice team as Regional Coordinator in Auckland and Northland. I honour Te Tiriti ō Waitangi and have a strong sense of equity and social justice. Valuing diversity, my practice is underpinned and informed by Ka Hikitia, Tātaiako, the Pasifika Education Plan and Success for All.
In my role as Regional Coordinator I support and guide school principals and lead teams to implement and embed restorative practices in their school communities as well as encouraging regional cluster training. I support schools to build restorative sustainability and capacity, so that both students and staff can focus on learning engagement without constant distraction from behavioural incidents. When incidents happen, as with the human condition they always will, I support the teams with employing Restorative strategies which are mana-enhancing, repair the harm and restore broken relationships. This work continues to inspire me to wake with excitement every morning to continue in this rewarding profession of educating our future.