A wonderful flying visit to New Zealand visiting key centres and meeting great people, who made me feel very welcome in 3 cities in 3 days! Thanks for your hospitality NZ!

Air NZ plane

Kelston Deaf Education Centre, Auckland

Kelston Deaf Education Centre

‘Kelston Deaf Education Centre (KDEC) is governed by a Combined Board of Trustees whose strategic focus is on working together with families and the Deaf community to provide equitable and coordinated deaf education’.

I spent a very informative day at Kelston Deaf Education Centre discussing the programs and services that are offered to DHH children and their families. I was given the opportunity to visit provisions (deaf unit within schools) in a number of schools in the Auckland area. Following on from these fantastic visits, I was able to present to the Resource Teachers of the Deaf (RTDs) about teaching with captions, followed by discussions on the building of teacher capacity.

Kelston Boy's High SchoolAnzac Day poster in classroom Kelston Primary School

Resource Teachers of the Deaf, Wellington

A great meeting with RTDs in the Wellington area with discussions based around the Concerned Based Adoption Model and how it relates to understanding the concerns that teachers may have about turning on captions in the classroom. These discussions were incorporated into my presentation ‘Teaching with captions – the curriculum unlocked’

Group of teachers laughing

Ministry of Education, Wellington

A wonderful opportunity to meet at the Ministry of Education to discuss the important issues regarding the building of teacher capacity in the use of captioned multimedia for curriculum access. My presentation earlier in the day was the springboard for much discussion and sharing.

Ministry of Education Building

Van Asch Deaf Education Centre, Christchurch

Motto: Pride, Respect, Integrity, Deaf Culture and Excellence

‘Van Asch is both a coeducational composite special school and a national resource centre, having responsibility for the support of deaf and hearing-impaired children and students throughout the South Island and lower half of the North Island.’

Another full day and the opportunity to discuss programs and services and to visit a number of schools with deaf satellite classes. It was wonderful to gain an understanding of the breadth of service delivery; and it was topped off with an opportunity to present to the RTDs about teaching with captions, and to combine that with discussions around building teacher capacity.

School building Wooden school building Staff standing in front of PowrPoint presentationHands sculpture