Professional Learning
and Development Expertise

Discovering, designing and delivering highly effective Professional Learning and Development for New Zealand Schools

Cognition Education is a New Zealand Ministry of Education accredited provider of Professional Learning and Development, and have a track record of building equity and excellence particularly for school leaders, teachers and students. 

Cognition Education works closely with you to develop a customised solution that meets the specific needs of your school or Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako.

INNOVATIVE LEARNING

Reimagining our learning environment.  

Professional learning that can leverage the opportunities and affordances that collaborative practice and flexible spaces offer for learners, teachers and leaders.   

Innovative Learning is about making collaborative practice a reality in all learning settings, including flexible learning spaces.  

For schools embarking on new ways of learning and teaching, there is a focus on creating flexible learning spaces that allow for collaborative practice at all levels.  The investment made in the brick and mortar must be supported by professional learning that can leverage the opportunities and affordances that collaborative practice and flexible spaces offer their learners and teachers. 

Many schools are finding that simply redesigning existing space isn’t enough to trigger a transformation in results. If your school is looking for new and exciting ways of learning and teaching, you’ll be interested to know Cognition can help create flexible learning spaces that encourage collaboration at all levels.

Learn more about Innovative Learning by contacting Jacque Allen.

Innovative Learning

LEARNING WITH DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

We’re developing relevant learning solutions for students of all ages.  

Students and teachers need to thrive in the digital age. With digital technology playing a key role in The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC), and across most areas of modern life, it’s important to constantly innovate and find new ways of using it in the classroom. One of things that can help is Cognition’s Learning with Digital Technology programme. Covering digital citizenship, digital fluency, curriculum digitisation and eLearning, this innovative approach to professional learning uses the latest technology to give your teachers and students an edge.  

“Our teachers appreciate the way Cognition works alongside them, revisiting concepts, providing new ideas and encouraging them to think about how these can be implemented to extend student learning” 

– Jeanette Small, Deputy Principal at Mairangi Bay Primary School.

If we ever need technical or infrastructural advice, we partner with the awesome team at New Era Technology to find the best solutions.

Want to know more about how digital technology can impact your teaching methods? Get in touch with Del Costello.

Digital Fluency

CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE PRACTICE

Increasing equality through transforming classroom and leadership practices. 

Our team of culturally responsive PLD facilitators work with schools and other learning organisations to develop the skills and dispositions known to accelerate progress and achievement for all students, including indigenous and marginalised groups.

Cognition’s Relationships First programme is our answer to developing equity and excellence for all. Developed in partnership with Professor Russell Bishop, Relationships First is based on more than a decade of research into the ways that classroom power relationships and traditional teaching methods have failed to support indigenous learners. 

Relationships First offers a fresh and proven approach to help all those working in education to meet the challenges of raising achievement levels for particular groups of learners.  Our evidence-based inquiry model is built around a series of workshops and in-school data gathering and our team can adapt the components of the model to meet your specific needs.

Culturally Responsive practice

LEADERSHIP

Leading a brighter future.

Developing effective leaders at all levels throughout a school is to make sure students keep progressing and achieve their full potential. That’s why our consultants focus on providing a wide range of leadership development opportunities for schools and Kāhui Ako, including:

  • Establishing Boards of Trustees in new schools
  • Supporting Boards of Trustees to make senior leadership appointments
  • Guiding Boards of Trustees on how to run senior leadership team performance reviews and appraisals
  • Assisting Senior leadership teams with reviews of their school-based curriculum and how it aligns with the NZC
  • Looking into and assessing school and classroom practices
  • Developing leadership, coaching and mentoring techniques within Kāhui Ako

Learn more about how Cognition Education can help grow leadership capabilities at your school by contacting us. 

Leadership PLD

NEW ZEALAND CURRICULUM

Local curriculum design that fits the NZC framework.

We’re passionate about helping schools and Kāhui Ako make a shift (big or small) in the way their curricula are set up. This is one of the ways we can give young people the best possible start in life and equip them with relevant tools they need to achieve their true potential.

Cognition consultants can support your school to design a local, responsive curriculum that prepares students to be connected, life-long learners. If you’re interested about changing the way your curriculum is designed, we’d love to hear from you.  

For more information please contact Jenna Crowley.

NZ Curriculum

MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS

Creating mathematics teaching and learning environments where all learners have an equitable opportunity to achieve mathematics.

Want to grow your knowledge on the subject of Mathematics and develop better ways to teach it? By comparing our work to international best practice and research, Cognition provides world-class personalised and collaborative opportunities that help your school reflect on its practices, evaluate your research and develop enquiry skills. 

Over many years that we have been working with schools – we’ve helped schools make significant shifts in engagement and learning outcomes – like Clevedon School:

“Our Board noticed the shift in mathematics data school wide, and our team leaders all discussed the excellent PD they’ve been getting from Cognition.”

– Edeh Sullivan, Deputy Principal at Clevedon School

If you’d like to work with us to improve the way maths is taught at your school, get in touch with Heather Lewis or Fiona McDiarmid.

Mathematics PLD

LITERACY

The building blocks for educational success, fulfilling careers and rewarding lives.

Effective literacy learning requires schools to introduce carefully designed strategic approaches to oral language, reading and writing development. Cognition’s Leading Literacy team support’s your leaders and teachers to build sustainable and equitable school-wide literacy capability that helps students grow in confidence. 

Our Leading Literacy team will work alongside you to evaluate your current capabilities and practices, then create a system that gives teachers a choice of approaches relevant to your school’s culture, community and context. We use a robust approach to literacy that is evidence based and views literacy as the integration of oral language, reading and writing.

Want to know more? Please get in touch with Shaun Hawthorne.

Literacy PLD

ORAL LANGUAGE

The foundation for learning inside and outside the classroom.

Oral language is critical for learners at all levels in New Zealand. It impacts on social, emotional and cognitive development and can be a defining factor for future academic achievement, especially given the amount of employers who are seeking creative, innovative and collaborative team players. As educators, we need to take the lead in this space and develop effective practices that integrate oral learning in a meaningful way for our learners. 

Cognition’s specialist consultants can work with your kura, school or community to understand your challenges and deliver effective oral learning solutions across the entire curriculum. Our work in this area has been significant for Hokitika Primary School:

 “We’re seeing huge progress from all our students. Focusing on oral literacy has increased their skills across the curriculum.” – Shane Baillie, Principal at Hokitika Primary School

To learn more about Cognition’s Oral Language PLD, please contact Del Costello.

Oral Language PLD

STE(A)M

Critical, informed and responsible citizens in our society.

Many of the world’s biggest challenges can be overcome by science, so we need to find innovative and effective ways to teach it. At Cognition, we believe science learning should emphasise the Nature of Science and be taught based on authentic, real life situations. Taking this approach makes lessons on the subject much more meaningful and engaging for everyone involved.

Our team can support your school’s development of a wide range of science-based programmes, track progress and make links to other professional learning areas. We can also support the implementation of STE(A)M learning within your school or Kāhui Ako.    

Learn more about Cognition’s STE(A)M capabilities by contacting Selena Hinchco.

STE(A)M Science PLD