Rick is an experienced educational leader and classroom teacher. He has a decade of experience as a principal in New Zealand schools and joined the CORE Education team in 2013 as a Learning with Digital Technologies Facilitator. He has a lead role in the eLearning Planning Framework and is co-leader of the Virtual Professional Learning and Development programme. In his leadership roles within schools, Rick has led whole-school change, staff development, strategic planning and review, developed collaborative networks with other schools and worked effectively with school communities.
In addition to his work with CORE Rick has continued his education and professional learning having just completed his dissertation for his studies towards a Master of Education at Waikato University. Rick continues to support the Virtual Learning Network Primary School Project. His vision and drive has been critical to the continued growth and development of the VLN Primary across NZ schools. As an inaugural Council member, Rick collaborated to develop strategic goals and provide a governance role for the VLN Community.
Rick has expertise in the following areas:
- developing educators’ digital literacy to support schools digital fluency.
Mentoring / coaching
- online and face-to-face, with individuals and small groups (esp leadership across the sector).
- developing leadership skills through leadership as inquiry, across all levels within the school.
Self review, data analysis
- supporting schools to turn data into evidence to make informed choices
- facilitator with the Connected Learning Advisory SMS Roadshow 2016.
Facilitation of communities of online learning
- supporting educators collaborating and networking online to raise teaching quality.
Teaching as inquiry
- supporting educators to challenge their assumptions and practice, and the impact this has on learners
Conference presentations, workshops
Peer reviewed papers presented at DEANZ Conference 2016
- Owen, H., & Whalley, R. (2016). Facing down dragons and discovering gold: A tale of virtual mentoring and coaching. Proceedings of the DEANZ Conference 2016 (p 105-110). Hamilton: University of Waikato.
- Whalley, R., & Khoo, E. (2016). Supporting Primary Student Independence in Virtual Learning: Investigating the role of School Based Support Staff. Proceedings of the DEANZ Conference 2016 (p 247-253). Hamilton: University of Waikato.
National professional development
- 2016: Connected Learning Advisory SMS workshops
- 2016: Schools connected learners, New Zealand Schools Trustees Association conference
- 2014-2016: uLearn, Planning strategically: using the eLearning Planning Framework
- 2014-2016: uLearn, Virtual mentoring
I am committed to supporting others to develop their pedagogy to help learners grow and have access to the education opportunities they need. I draw on extensive experience and knowledge, using mentoring and coaching skills, to help educators and education leaders develop. I use the affordances of technology to enhance opportunities for networking and collaboration, which provides access to a variety of people within our network so that there is diversity of thought and action.