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05jun5:30 pm7:00 pmEducation Central | ChalkTalks: Reimagining Teacher EducationBrought to you by University of Auckland


Event Details

Reimagining Teacher Education is the next topic to come under scrutiny in Education Central’s popular ChalkTalks panel discussion series.

Are we getting teacher education right in Aotearoa New Zealand? Or do we need to rethink how we prepare our teachers of tomorrow? And what would such change look like and require? The strong reaction to the Government’s recent pre-budget announcements relating to the teacher workforce confirms the importance of this topic. Our expert panel will help generate thought leadership and discussion around many of the key issues at stake, including ITE models, selection procedures, delivery, and content.

Anyone with an interest in the future of teacher education, including educators, principals, researchers, current and prospective teacher education students, and policy makers are encouraged to join us at the University of Auckland for an intimate evening of discussion and debate over wine and cheese led by our expert panel.


Panel discussion on Reimagining Teacher Education, brought to you by NZME’s Education Central, and proudly supported by the University of Auckland

Up for debate

  • The Government’s latest announcements relating to teacher education programmes
  • Selection criteria for teacher education: should the teacher workforce mirror the population they are teaching, and how do we achieve this?
  • Field-based vs theory-based: what is the right balance?
  • Are we teaching our future teachers the right things? Are teacher students emerging from their education equipped to deal with the diverse needs of their students?
  • Children are presenting with increasingly complex behavioural needs – should this be part of general teacher education or is this an area where we should have specialist support?
  • Alternative models of teacher education


University of Auckland, Epsom campus


University of Auckland Faculty of Education , Gate 3, 74 Epsom Avenue , Epsom, Auckland 1023


A Block, Level 2, Room A201


5.30pm-7pm, Wednesday 5th June 2019. Refreshments served 5.15pm, with discussion starting 5.30pm.


Panellists include:

  • Dr Mark Barrow, University of Auckland
  • Pauline Barnes, Teaching Council
  • Craig Holt, Auckland Primary Principals’ Association
  • Dr Michelle Johansson, Teach First NZ
  • Liam Cunningham, AUT


The discussion will take a question and answer format and it will be moderated by Jude Barback, Education Central editor. Panellists will be given questions prior to the event but there will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions from the floor.


Limited to 80 people. We are striving for a relaxed, intimate setting.

Media coverage?

The discussion will be filmed and be shared on various NZME channels including Education Central and related social media. It will also be used as the basis for subsequent articles on the topic.

More about our expert panellists

Dr Mark Barrow, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland

Associate Professor Mark Barrow was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland in 2018. He worked as a secondary school science teacher and also as staff developer in the New Zealand polytechnic sector prior to joining the University staff as Associate Dean Academic in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences in 2007. He has research interests in the development of academic identity in higher education and interprofessional education and practice in the health sector. Mark holds a Master of Science in Zoology and a Doctor of Education from the University.

Pauline Barnes, Teaching Council

Pauline Barnes is the General Manager, Professional Services for the Teaching Council. Since taking up the role in March 2016, she has led, with the profession, the development of the Standards, the Code, the Leadership Strategy and the new approach to Initial Teacher Education. Prior to her work with Council she held the position of Group Manager Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ministry of Education from 2011 to 2015, and prior to this, she was Director of PTE and Community Education at the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). Before taking up a role with TEC, Pauline co-led a humanitarian foundation in Romania with her husband for many years, working in educational and community development projects.

Craig Holt, President, Auckland Primary Principals’ Association

Craig Holt became Principal at Willow Park School in early 2016 after being the Principal at Northcote Intermediate School for five years. He has been the president of the North Shore Principals’ Association and this year of the Auckland Primary Principals’ Association. He has been teaching since 1994 and has “loved every minute”. Craig also serves on the Board of Trustees at Blockhouse Bay Primary School, where his children attend.

Dr Michelle Johansson, Teach First NZ

Michelle Johansson is South Auckland born and raised, a Polynesian theatre-maker and mother, doctoral scholar and a former high school dropout. She is currently Kaihapai and Programme Director at Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ and the Creative Director of the Black Friars Theatre Company.

Liam Cunningham, AUT Masters students

Liam Cunningham is currently a student of the Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) programme at AUT. With a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Paramedicine, Liam chose to enter the teaching profession after having experience working with school age students during a part time job, and developing a passion for the relationship between teaching and learning.


Tickets are limited for this event.

• All tickets are: $50.00


(Wednesday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


University of Auckland, Faculty of Education and Social Work

74 Epsom Avenue


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