QPEC Forum 2020
Saturday 9th May
The QPEC Education Forum 2020 will be digital this year, thanks to Covid's intervention. The first part is a Zoom transmission, through the generous support of NZEI Te Riu Roa.
10:00 - 11:30 Critical analysis of education
Chair: Assoc-Professor Georgina Stewart, AUT
● ECE: Assoc Professor Andrew Gibbons, AUT
● Public schools: Professor Peter O'Connor, University of Auckland
● Tertiary: David Kenkel, Unitec
1:00 - 2:30 Union panel
Chair: Lynda Stuart, NZEI
● Liam Rutherford, NZEI
● Jack Boyle, PPTA
● Dr Sandra Grey, TEU
20 minutes per speaker, allowing 30 mins for question time
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*Political parties panel
Critical Analysis of Education
Georgina Stewart: Chairperson
Associate Professor Georgina Stewart: School of Education AUT University
Formerly a secondary school teacher of Science, Mathematics and Māori in both English-medium and Māori-medium schools. I have published widely since 2005 on Māori science education and Māori philosophy of education. I recently completed a Marsden research project investigating academic writing in Māori.
Professor Peter O’Connor: University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Social Work
Peter O’Connor is Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Arts and Social Transformation at the University of Auckland. He is the National Education spokesperson for Child Poverty Action Group, former National Education Manager for the Race Relations Office and was President of the Foundation for Peace Studies for ten years. His research centres on the possibilities of education and the arts to make a more socially just and inclusive Aotearoa. (Click on link) Prof. Peter O'Connor, University of Auckland
David Kenkel: Unitec School of Healthcare and Social Practice
David is a senior lecturer in social practice at Unitec. His research interests include: Post-structural and socially contexted approaches to social practice education, the impact of Neo-liberalism on social practice and the role of social work and community development in a world under threat from climate change and resource depletion.
Professor Andrew Gibbons AUT University School of Education
Andrew is an early childhood teacher educator and Associate Professor at the School of Education. He has worked in journalism, in the social services in England and in early childhood education in Auckland. Andrew has a keen interest in philosophy and politics. He has published widely on topics including the early childhood teaching profession and Aotearoa New Zealand early childhood education policy.
Lynda Stuart – Chairperson
Lynda has been a teacher for more than 30 years. She is the Immediate Past President of NZEI Te Riu Roa and currently the principal at May Road Primary School in Mt Roskill. Lynda was a member of the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and before that the New Zealand Teachers Council. She is a strong advocate for the needs of Pasifika and Maori communities, equity and special education.
Jack Boyle - PPTA
Before being elected as PPTA President in 2017, Jack served PPTA members from the branch level through to roles on executive and as junior vice president. Raised in Hawkes Bay and having lived in London and Auckland, Jack is now enjoying being based in Wellington. Before becoming a teacher Jack was involved in the commercial entertainment industry, which has given him a real appreciation of the scale of work teachers do.
Sandra Grey - TEU
Sandra is the National Secretary of Te Hautū Kahurangi - NZ Tertiary Education Union. With a PhD from the Australian National University, Dr Grey comes from a long background in academia, unionism, and social justice movements. Recently Sandra has served on the NZIST Establishment Board which is one part of the reform of vocational education. She is a political scientist who tutored at the University of Auckland and the ANU, and was a lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington for eight years.
Liam Rutherford – NZEI
Liam is the current President of NZEI Te Riu Roa. He has a keen interest in politics that started at university, stemming from a strong belief in the power of public education to transform lives, and believes that it is the role of the Government to provide it. Liam sees New Zealand facing huge levels of inequality and believes that education is the way to close that gap.