Wellbeing in Education NZ Conference



Dr Chris Jansen

Chris is a senior consultant with Leadership Lab where he works alongside organisations in the education, health, social services and community sectors in a range of projects.  These include design and delivery of leadership development programmes, change management initiatives, organisational capability and strategic planning. 

In particular Chris is involved with the Grow Waitaha programme where 150 schools across Greater Christchurch have partnered with Ministry of Education, Ngāi Tahu, and 4 providers over the last 4 years to explore future focussed pedagogy including student agency, collaborative teaching, flexible learning spaces, cultural narratives, authentic curriculum and diverse partnerships. www.growwaitaha.co.nz This process includes individual coaching and mentoring of school leaders, facilitation of collaboration between schools to share innovation, and the curation of successful case studies to benefit the wider public sector. 

Chris is a Senior Fellow at the University of Canterbury, where he teaches and supervises leaders studying in the Masters of Business Management and Post Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership.  Over the past 20 years Chris has been involved in a range of leadership roles which include Learning Community Director at Linwood College in 2012, Head of Physical Education at Mangere College in Manukau, Auckland, counsellor at Aranui High School, Department of Child, Youth and Families "AIKI" programme working with adolescent offenders and their families, and in substance abuse treatment programmes in Atlanta, Georgia and Hong Kong. 

Chris is particularly passionate about the wellbeing of Maori and Pasifika young people and their whanau/communities. Chris has been involved in NGO community development and social service sector for many years, both locally though Te Ora Hou Otautahi (an indigenous youth development organisation where Chris is currently Board chairperson) and also in the Pacific (Ola Four development project). 


Thursday 2 April | 3.30pm
Lessons in leading change


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