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Dr Denise Hitchcock

Senior Adviser
Curriculum and Learning Facilitator

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Wellington
Tel 64 21 912 947
Email denise.hitchcock@otago.ac.nz

As an accredited facilitator

I have worked collaboratively with leaders and teachers to address a wide range of professional learning and development needs. My expertise includes mentoring leaders, guiding teachers through inquiry processes, and supporting culturally responsive teaching and learning. I have considerable experience and expertise in working with teachers and leaders to embed effective literacy practice.

My experience includes

Expert Partner to Kāhui Ako: Working with lead principals, and across-school and within-school leaders to critically examine and reflect on the direction of the Kāhui Ako for the benefit of all community members. This work includes data analysis, strategic planning, and developing capabilities within the various leadership roles.

Mentoring Emerging Leaders: Working with a range of leaders both within Kāhui Ako and in schools to support and develop leadership capabilities. This work takes a broad view of leadership and has a specific focus on Māori student success.

Literacy Facilitator: Working with individual teachers, departments, teams, and leaders to identify the literacy challenges that students encounter, and supporting teachers to address these in the context of each learning area, and across all year levels. This work includes understanding literacy tools, the review and development of across-school literacy plans, and literacy interventions to accelerate student achievement.

Curriculum and Learning Facilitator: Working with teachers at all levels through Teaching as Inquiry, supporting the development of pedagogical approaches that result in improved student outcomes.