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Miranda Makin joins our team

Posted on
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 14:49

The Centre for Educational Leadership located at the University of Auckland, Epsom Campus, would like to introduce the newest member of our team, Miranda Makin.

Miranda joins us with over 25 years of experience teaching and leading in a range of secondary schools, from large traditional secondary schools to more modern innovative learning environments. She began her teaching career as a science teacher, and over the years she had the opportunity to work in a variety of school leadership roles. As a leader, Miranda has been involved in the foundation of two new secondary schools, first as a head of department and more recently as a senior leader.  In these roles, she deepened her expertise in human-centred curriculum design and systems level leadership for improvement. For example, she pioneered student-directed passion projects, Impact Projects, so students could develop future-focussed skills while making a difference in the world.

Leaders make decisions every day that impact the lives of others. Through her own practice and doctoral studies, Miranda talks about her increasing awareness of the responsibilities that leadership carries. She now considers that the decisions we make as leaders are an act of moral and ethical concern. Defensible decisions require leaders to be willing to test their own beliefs about what will make a difference for their students’ by scrutinising their own and others thinking. Currently, through her doctoral research, Miranda is investigating the interpersonal capabilities senior and middle leaders need as they work with teachers to ensure high-quality evidence is available for teaching decisions. 

Leadership is the glue that can bind our individual improvement efforts together and make them stronger. When educational theory informs our on-the-ground practice we increase the likelihood our leadership practice is well-placed to make a difference. Miranda believes that bridging the gap between research and practice is a significant strength of the Centre for Educational Leadership. The Centre draws from the experience and expertise of local intellectual giants: Viviane Robinson, Helen Timperley, Christine Rubie-Davies and Claire Sinnema to help inform leadership at all levels within a school. The Centre is also actively involved with the latest research so leaders can continue to have access to significant ideas shaping education.

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