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Catalyst - leading collaborative inquiry | Dunedin
Catalyst - leading collaborative inquiry | Dunedin
Created by CORE Education
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
7:30 am to 12:00 pm



15 Aug 2018


Breakfast and seminar: 7.30am - 8.45am

Workshop: 9.00am - 12.00pm


Breakfast seminar: $55 + GST pp

Breakfast seminar and workshop: $155 + GST pp


This seminar will highlight and overview the very latest in teacher inquiry and knowledge building cycles (Teaching as Inquiry or Teacher Self Review) - Spirals of Inquiry (Kaser & Halbert) plus the Seven Principles of Learning (Dumont, Istance & Benavides). Participants will learn about the importance of using more than achievement data to learn about what to change in their practice. We will explore how to ensure that all voices are heard in multiple ways - even those voices not in the room. The Collaborative Inquiry Game: Catalyst will be introduced and explained.

This CORE breakfast session will:

  • discuss the whakapapa of teaching as inquiry and the difference between older iterations of teaching as inquiry and Spirals of Inquiry
  • give explanations of the first three phases of the Spirals of Inquiry with examples and links to Catalyst
  • share an overview of the seven Principles of Learning and where they came from
  • introduce Catalyst: the collaborative inquiry game

Who will this session be of interest to?

This session will be of interest to kaiako, teachers, leaders, middle leaders, team leaders in kura, schools and ECE services who are curious to learn creative ways to listen and challenge what has always been done, in order to bring about positive, innovative, and equitable change in classrooms and early childhood settings.

About the workshop

Suzi and Rebbecca will provide “Bus Station” group opportunities to learn from other participants in the room, plus chances to explore Catalyst and other related resources and support. 
Suzi and Rebbecca will work with groups and individuals to:

  • learn about and play Catalyst 
  • explore tools and resources to support leaders in mentoring and coaching staff to work with Spirals of Inquiry
  • explore tools and resources to help teachers with each phase of the Spirals of Inquiry

This workshop supports people to develop their own solutions, rather than to use pre-existing templates and solutions as there is no one way to implement Spirals of Inquiry in a school or service. 
Due to the wide range of needs at these workshops, 1:1 support will be limited and we encourage you to interact with other participants to learn.


Suzi Gould and Rebbecca Sweeney visited Canada in 2017 where they were invited to facilitate workshops and deliver an Ignite presentation about Catalyst: CORE’s Collaborative Inquiry Game, as part of the NOII Symposium.

Suzi Gould

Suzi Gould HS W

Suzi Gould’s work ranges across the sector from ECE services, primary schools, intermediates and secondary schools. For the past three years Suzi has worked alongside schools and communities of learners to expand their curiosities about what will improve outcomes for their children in terms of being engaged in learning, their well-being and what they are potentially capable of.

Through CORE’s uChoose programme Suzi has mentored a range of teachers and leaders including Pasifika grant winners, ECE service manager, secondary teacher implementing professional learning groups.

Rebbecca Sweeney

rebbecca sweeney hs 3

Rebbecca Sweeney is a mentor, coach and accredited facilitator working with senior and middle school leaders around New Zealand in the use of Spirals of Inquiry and fostering collaboration. She also works as an Expert Partner with four CoLs. Rebbecca has always been driven to work in education for equity.

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