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Tui Tuia | Learning Circle welcomes a new Literacy & Numeracy Programme Director

25 July 2023
Tui Tuia | Learning Circle strengthens its professional development service for educators in Literacy and Numeracy by appointing a new Literacy & Numeracy Programme Director

Auckland, 17 July 2023 - Tui Tuia | Learning Circle, University of Auckland’s educator professional development service, welcomes Talia McNaughton as the new Literacy & Numeracy Programme Director.

Talia is a passionate educator who has devoted the last two decades to teaching in the secondary sector in Tāmaki Makaurau. As Deputy Principal for Onehunga High School for the last nine years, she has been instrumental in leading Professional Learning and Development across a range of areas, including effective teaching pedagogy, digital learning, culturally responsive and sustaining practice and more recently, the NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) change programme and the curriculum refresh.

Talia McNaughton

Talia has also led literacy and numeracy professional development focusing on strategic leadership for middle leaders and teaching pedagogy to support the acceleration of learners. She has built strong relationships with ākonga (students), whānau (families), colleagues, and the wider education community throughout her career. As well as leading professional development, Talia has also provided coaching and mentoring to leaders within schools and beginning teachers. She is excited to bring this experience to her new role at Tui Tuia.

Talia is a proud alumna of The University of Auckland, having completed her BA, MA (Hons), and Graduate Diploma Teaching (Secondary) at the institution. She has also worked with the university as a mentor and Pre-Service Teacher liaison.

In 2021, Talia returned to the University of Auckland as a student again, pursuing her Doctorate in Education, where she is researching the nature of relationships between senior leaders and Māori and Pacific students in Auckland secondary schools.

As the Literacy & Numeracy Programme Director, Talia will play a pivotal role in shaping Tui Tuia's offerings in these critical areas. Her expertise and Tui Tuia's evidence-backed methodologies and commitment to professional growth will ensure educators receive the highest quality training and support.

Tui Tuia | Learning Circle Director, Yvonne Lim says, “We have been working to future-proof our Literacy and Numeracy offerings in line with the Ministry of Education’s strategic initiatives, namely the Te Mātaiaho, NCEA curriculum refresh and the Literacy, Communications and Numeracy strategy. As we navigate these changes to the education landscape – we remain focused on ensuring educators are supported and empowered to provide a strong and equitable foundation for learning for Aotearoa, New Zealand’s ākonga. Talia’s background and diverse experiences in a secondary school setting perfectly complement Tui Tuia’s primary school expertise, making her an invaluable asset to the team.”

Expressing her enthusiasm for her new role, Talia said, "I am incredibly excited to join the Tui Tuia collective. I look forward to supporting educators to improve educational outcomes within the literacy and numeracy space."

About Tui Tuia | Learning Circle:

Tui Tuia | Learning Circle delivers quality education and mentoring programs designed to inspire, uplift, and help prepare schools and kura, whanau and communities for the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our alignment with the University of Auckland enables us to deliver services and solutions that are grounded in best-in-class research, insights, and innovation.

Our passionate and experienced team works alongside leaders, teachers and school communities in New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific, co-constructing Professional Learning & Development (PLD) initiatives that focus on lifting professional practice and improving outcomes for learners.

Our offering includes Leadership, Cultural Capability for Māori, and Pasifika, Matauranga Māori and te reo Māori, Curriculum Design as well as specialist services like Reading Recovery, Literacy support and Learning Languages initiatives.

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