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NAESP Pre-K–8 Principals Conference

July 10-12, 2023 | National Harbor, Maryland

Keynote Speaker: Joanne McEachen
Joanne will be speaking about Contributive Learning as a featured keynote speaker. You can register here and join us!

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New Zealand Mathematics Workshops

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Stop the Swing, Start from Center

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Joanne McEachen’s Keynote at [RE]LEARN 2020

Featured Podcasts

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.

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