Upcoming Events

Welcome Back Tour: Global Pedagogies & Authentic Assessment

October 5, 2023| Northshore School District | Washington State

Joanne is moving back to the states! To welcome her we will be having round table discussions with district leaders.  First up – the Pacific Northwest (Oregon/Washington).  Contact for details and registration.

Welcome Back Tour: Global Pedagogies & Authentic Assessment

Fall 2023| USA

Joanne is moving back to the states! To welcome her we will be having round table discussions with district leaders.  First up – the Pacific Northwest (Oregon/Washington).

Contact if you would like to host a round table or get more details about attending one!

Aurora Institute Symposium

October 15-17, 2023 | Palm Springs, CA

Joanne and team will be sharing on Monday morning at a book club session titled: The Change Team Experience: Building Purposeful Leadership Teams in reference to the book: The Depthvale Detectives and the Great Education Crisis by Matthew Kane and Joanne McEachen

Book Club Session Details:  Monday, October 16, 2023, | 9:45 am – 10:45 am | Room: East Lawn

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L.E.A.R.N Symposium

November 9-10, 2023 | Austin, Tx

Gather together with district teams to learn from education partners and experts in a symposium style workshop. LEARN | Home (


Joanne McEachen Named a KEA World Class New Zealanders 

September 7, 2023, Joanne, along with six other New Zealanders was awarded the KEA World Class Award being recognized for her “world leading work across the education sector and changing the shape of children’s futures.”

Kea’s World Class New Zealanders are a group of inspiring global Kiwi who lead and shape industries, raise New Zealand’s profile on the world stage and give back so generously to the communities in which they live and work. This month we are delighted to welcome several new members to our World Class New Zealand Network and share with you the amazing work they are doing on the global stage.
Australia: Semester Two
August 21-30 | Australia

Joanne, along with USA Executive Director, Beth Hamilton joined the rest of the team in Australia to learn, share, and work together.

IEI Summer Symposium
July 2023| Sonoma, CA

NAESP Conference

(National Association of Elementary School Principals)

July 2023|National Harbor, MD

Joanne hosted a round table discussing Global Pedagogies & Authentic Assessment, was the feature speaker at the Women in Leadership Luncheon and was the keynote speaker on day two of the conference.

Making Headlines

Articles and Keynotes

Joanne McEachen’s Keynote at [RE]LEARN 2020

Featured Podcasts & Webinars

Linked Up Breaking Boundaries in Education: Inclusion of Student Agency

The Learner First CEO Deb Dunstone chats with hosts Jerri Kemble & Jamie Saponaro from Class Link on their podcast: LinkedUp: Breaking Boundaries in Education about Student Agency.

Listen/Watch HERE.

LinkedUp: Breaking Boundaries in Education with Joanne McEachen

Dive into the transformative concept of contributive learning this week with The Learner First founder, Joanne McEachen.  She chats with hosts Jerri Kemble & Jamie Saponaro from Class Link on their podcast: LinkedUp: Breaking Boundaries in Education.

Listen/Watch HERE.

The L.E.A.R.N Podcast: Learning Opportunities and Outcomes with Joanne McEachen

In this episode David Vroonland, Executive Director of L.E.A.R.N speaks with Joanne McEachen, former Ministry of Education Leader in New Zealand, author, and founder/CEO of The Learner First organization, about authentic student learning experiences, with a special focus on Contributive Learning.

Watch/Listen on Youtube

Gaggle Wellness Webinar with Joanne McEachen & Dr. Lisa Strohman

As educators and leaders, it is  essential to reflect on our own sense of connection and how it impacts our well-being, both in and out of the classroom.

In this webinar recording, education experts Joanne McEachen and Beth Hamilton collaborate with renowned psychologist, Dr. Lisa Strohman to introduce the four pillars of connection and provide you with valuable tips for growing in each area. The presenters draw on experiences and share real-life examples and strategies that you can apply in context.

Whether you’re a teacher, counselor, school leader, or anyone seeking to strengthen these areas—this session will help you pause, reflect, and plan for the future. You’ll leave with actionable ideas to strengthen your well-being, help you recharge over the summer, and prepare you to begin the following school year ready to create a more cohesive environment.

Click here to download a PDF companion resource for the webinar with actionable ideas:  Connections: Application and Ideas for Adults

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Profiles on our Profile - Joanne McEachen & Patrick Fisher

Joanne Speaks with Patrick Fisher, Principal at Meramec Elementary about the importance of the competencies which make up their Profile of a Clayton Graduate.

“In Joanne’s current work, she provides ways to redefine what success looks like, recognizing that we learn best through meaningful, contributive learning that helps everyone shine and succeed in their way. Take a few minutes to check out our conversation as we dig into her work around the world and how it relates to our work as a school district.” – Patrick Fisher, Principal

Available to listen on YouTube

Signature Leadership Podcast with Knowledgehook

In today’s episode, we are joined by Joanne McEachen who has been leading education reform in New Zealand and the United States for the past couple of decades. What you may not know about Jojo, is that she is Maori on her mother’s side of the family. Jojo describes how her Maori ancestry has influenced her as an educator. She also describes to us the Maori way of learning. Check out the Knowledgehook Signature Leadership Portal at Knowledgehook Leadership Series

Listen to this episode of the Signature Leadership Podcast, Season 3 Episode 04 on Apple Podcasts.

Game Changers with Phil Cummins

In this special 3-part series of Game Changers, Phil Cummins joins in conversation with Joanne McEachen, CEO and Founder of The Learner First, to figure out the nuts and bolts of voice, agency, and advocacy. Joanne (Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe, and Ngāi Tahu) is a celebrated author, speaker, change leader, and executive coach. Her 30+ years of experience span time as a teacher, principal, Ministry of Education leader in New Zealand, and now a globally recognized pioneer in the fields of educational assessment and well-being.

Listen to Part 1 on Soundcloud here or find on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Contributive Learning develops self-understanding, connection, knowledge, and competency.

When these come together, we add to the world. And that leads to meaning, fulfillment, and well-being.

Reach out today to learn more or get started!

Develop self-understanding.
Cultivate knowledge.
Foster competency.
Make connections.

Don’t bring down—lift people up.
Don’t subtract—add to the world.

Learn to contribute, in your way, every day.