Foundation and Bridging Educators New Zealand Conference
CQ Hotel Wellington 29 - 30 November
'Inspiring Success - Transforming the Student Experience'


Keynote Speakers


Dr Kerry Howells
Senior Lecturer, Curriculum and Pedagogy
University of Tasmania

 Dr Kerry Howells is a Senior Lecturer in Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania where she teaches in the Masters of Teaching and the Bachelor of Education programmes in the areas of professional studies, practitioner research, teacher leadership, and gratitude. Dr Howells has been teaching in various university contexts for the past two decades. Before taking up her position at the University of Tasmania in 2006, she was Director of Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Commerce and Economics at the University of New South Wales and lecturer in the UNSW Graduate Certificate of University Learning and Teaching and from 1991 to 2001 she was a lecturer in philosophy and learning strategies at Bond University.

In order to fully realise her passion to teach to the fully engaged, or 'awake' learner, Dr Howells has developed a unique approach where traditional teaching and learning practices are enhanced by greater attention to practices of gratitude. She applies this approach in her role as a teacher educator and academic at the University of Tasmania. Kerry has published several academic papers that report on her findings in the areas of school leadership and teaching, pre-service teacher education, indigenous education, early childhood education, and academic learning. Dr Howells' book, Gratitude in Education: A Radical View, has encapsulated many case studies and has been used to guide educational programmes and theory globally and in a range of contexts.

Welby Ings
Professor, School of Art and Design
Auckland University of Technology

Professor Welby Ing's contribution to understanding and implementing change in education is exceptional and well described in the title of his book Disobedient Teaching. In his presentation, Welby will challenge our ways of thinking about education, creativity and notions of the role of conventions.

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 a consultant to many international organizations on issues of creativity and learning. He is also an award-winning academic, designer, filmmaker and playwright. But until the age of 15 Welby could neither read nor write. He was considered 'slow' at school and he was eventually expelled. Later he was suspended from teachers' college. Welby has taught at all levels of the New Zealand education system and remains an outspoken critic of the education system's 'obsession' with assessing performance. In 2001 he was awarded the Prime Minister's inaugural Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.

Professor Ings' interest in film as a means of story-telling and social change has seen his three short films Boy, Munted and Sparrow selected for numerous international film festivals including Berlin and Cannes. Boy was shortlisted for the 2006 Academy Awards. This year he was appointed by the Minister of Education to the Guardian's Group overseeing education reform in New Zealand.

Welby Ings is the author of Disobedient Teaching Surviving and Creating Change in Education, Otago University Press.
Ako Aotearoa
A new way forward - building adult literacy, numeracy and cultural capability in Aotearoa's foundation sector.

As part of our works in Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Cultural Capability (ALNACC), commissioned by the Tertiary Education Commission in early 2018, Ako Aotearoa has developed new models and frameworks for the capability building of practitioners and organisations in foundation education. These provide a cohesive approach to how the sector can better support adult learners. 

We are excited to launch this package at the Foundation and Bridging Education New Zealand conference on Friday 30 November. 

The package includes:
- The Foundation Learning Professional Standards Framework - Tapatoru
- The Capability Building Model, and
- The ALN Effective Practice Model



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Rae Trewartha
Conference Convenor

+64 21 082 578

Olivia Lynch
Registration Manager

+64 4 894 3939