Dr. Catherine Savage

Ngāi Tahu
Ed.D

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Accredited Facilitator and Expert Partner specialising in:

-Building Evaluative Capability
-Culturally Responsive Relational Based Pedagogy
-Teaching as Inquiry
-Teacher Innovation
-Research and Evaluation

Education for life

I have worked in education my entire career as a teacher, psychologist, lecturer and a researcher and I am passionate about making sense of the issues that face New Zealand schools.

I believe in equity in education for all students. At the heart of my educational philosophy is embracing difference as a strength; I believe what makes us unique as individuals should be fostered through lifelong education. Each learner should receive the best possible educational opportunities that reflect and support their culture, identity and aspirations. I love the process of inquiry, understanding a puzzle of practice and creating an intervention that makes a difference in the lives of teachers and students.

We're good but let's be great!

New Zealand leads the world in indigenous education and it is inspiring to be part of a global indigenous community that is active in bringing about change in schools across the world. I am particularly excited by the amount of innovation in the New Zealand system. In my work as a Teacher Led Innovation Fund panel member I have seen teachers in schools working to bring about change for students by working with communities, engaging in new ideas and pedagogies and constructing new interventions based on evidence.

Capturing opportunity

I believe that the system supports innovation and change and the New Zealand curriculum provides a framework for contextualising learning and creating quality learning relationships. The challenge for the system is how teachers and schools capitalise on these opportunities, particularly for students who are not achieving to their potential. The variability in achievement within schools is a significant educational issue.

Totally worth it

Through embracing culturally connected teaching and learning I have seen schools bring about significant change in achievement for students. I hope that by working with me people are inspired to see change as an exciting opportunity. I enjoying working with teachers thinking critically about puzzles of practice, engaging in defining the issues in education and creating innovative contextual solutions.

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Education & Qualifications

Massey University New Zealand
-Education Doctorate 2006
-Post Graduate Diploma Educational Psychology 2000
-Master of Educational Psychology 1999
-Bachelor of Education (Teaching) 1992

Otago Polytechnic
-Bachelor of Applied Management: Transformation & Change 2014

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
-Kāwai Raupapa (Intro to Arts) 2010

Te Wānanga o Raukawa
-Huia Te Reo 2016

Publications & Presentations

Hynds, A.S., Hindle, R., Savage, C., Meyer, L.H., Penetito, W. & Sleeter, C.E. (2016). The Impact of Teacher Professional Development to Reposition Pedagogy for Indigenous Students in Mainstream Schools, The Teacher Educator, 51:3, 230-249, DOI: 10.1080/08878730.2016.1176829

Savage, C., Macfarlane, S., Macfarlane, A., Fickel, L., Te Hemi, H. (2014). Huakina Mai: A whole school relational based intervention for Māori success. Australian Journal of Indigenous Education.

Hindle, R., Savage, C., Meyer, L.H., Sleeter, C.E., Hynds, A. & Penetito, W. (2011). Culturally Responsive Pedagogies in the Visual and Performing Arts: Exemplars, Missed Opportunities and Challenges. Curriculum Matters (7)

Hynds, A., Sleeter, C.E., Hindle, R., Savage, C., Penetito, W., and Meyer, L.H. (2011) Te Kotahitanga: a case study of a repositioning approach to teacher professional development for culturally responsive pedagogies.  Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. 39 (4) 1-13.

Savage, C., Hindle, R., Meyer, L. Hynds, A, Sleeter, C. (2011). What students experience; evidence of culturally responsive teaching across the curriculum. Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. 39, (3) pp. 183-198.

Savage, C., Lewis, J., & Colless, N. (2011). Essentials for implementation: six years of school wide positive behaviour support in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 40(1), pp. 29-37.

Savage, C. (2005). School network reviews:  A framework of questions for discussion.  New Zealand Annual Review of Education. Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington

Book Chapters 

Meyer, L., Parks, H.S., Bevan-Brown, J.  & Savage, C. (2015). School inclusion and multicultural issues in special education. In Banks, J.A., & Banks, C.A. (Eds.) Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives. Willey & Sons. CA.

Savage, C., Tarena, E., Te Hemi, H., & Leonard, J. (2013) Te Tapuae o Rehua: Iwi engagement in Higher Education in Te Waipounamu in F. Cram, H. Phillips, P. Sauni & C. Tuagalu. (Eds.), Māori and Pasifika Higher Education Horizons. H.T. Frierson (Series Ed.), Diversity in Higher Education. New Milford, CT: Emerald Books.

Meyer, L., Bevan-Brown, J., Parks, H.S & Savage, C. (2012). School inclusion and multicultural issues in special education. In Banks, J.A., & Banks, C.A. (Eds.) Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives. Willey & Sons. CA.

Macfarlane, A., Macfarlane, S., Savage, C. & Glynn, T. (2012). Inclusive Education and Māori communities in Aotearoa New Zealand – introducing a paradigm of cultural affirmation. In S. Carrington & J. MacArthur (Eds), Teaching in Inclusive School Communities. Brisbane, Australia: John Wiley & Sons Publishers. 

Savage, C. & Meyer, L. (2013) Least Restrictive Environment in Banks, J. A.  Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Savage, C. & Hindle, R. (2011) Culturally Responsive Pedagogies across the curriculum: What teachers say and do. In Sleeter, C. (Ed.) Professional Development for Culturally Responsive and Relationship-Based Pedagogy (pp. 76-93) Peter Lang Publisher. New York.

Penetito, W., Hindle, R., Hynds, A., Savage. C., & Kus, L. (2011). The Impact of Culturally Responsive Pedagogies on Students and Families. In Sleeter, C. (Ed.) Professional Development for Culturally Responsive and Relationship-Based Pedagogy (pp. 93-109). Peter Lang. New York.

Savage, C. (2010). School Reorganisation. In Thrupp, M. & Irwin. K., (2010). The New Way: Policy directions in New Zealand. Waikato University Press.

Savage, C. (2010) Culturally Responsive Classroom Management in New Zealand Schools. Green, V.A. & Cherrington, S. (Eds.). (2010). Delving into diversity: An international exploration of diversity issues in education. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Meyer, L., Bevan-Brown, J., Parks, H.S & Savage, C. (2009). School inclusion and multicultural issues in special education. In Banks, J.A., & Banks, C.A. (Eds.) Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives. Willey & Sons. CA.

 Conference Papers  

Savage, C. (2015) Organic Research: Flipping the Agenda. Presentation at Tuia Te Ako. Lincoln 2015.

Sleeter, C.E. & Savage, C. (2015) Collaborative Research Partnerships. Invited presidential panel.  American Educational Research Association.  Chicago, 2015.

Savage, C., Tarena, E., Te Hemi, H. (2015) He Toki kit e Rika: Māori Trade Training.  Roundtable presentation at AERA Chicago.

Savage, C., London, P., & MacFarlane, S. (2015) Huakina mai: Strengths based interventions for indigenous students. Roundtable presentation. AERA Chicago.

Savage, C. (2014) Successful Transitions for Māori Learners.  Te Ara Whakamana: Pathways, Transitions, and Bridges to Tertiary Education. Invited Panel. Wellington.

Macfarlane, S., Savage, C., Macfarlane, A., Fickel. L., Te Hēmi, H., Leonard, J., & Duckworth, F. (2014, May). Huakina Mai: Opening doorways for Māori learners. Presentation at the World indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WiPCE) conference, 19-24 May, Kapi’olani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Savage, C., Leonard, J., Fickle, L. (2013) Tribal Led Professional Learning and Development. AERA San Francisco

Savage, C., Macfarlane, A., Macfarlane, S., Fickle, L., Te Hemi, H. (2013) Huakina Mai: Opening doors, strengths based behavioral support for indigenous students.  Round table paper session AERA San Francisco

Tarena, E. & Savage, C. (2013) All Shook Up: repositioning of Iwi post-quake.  Poster session. AERA San Francisco

Savage, C. (2012) Setting the scene - Drawing on NZ Māori experience in Tertiary. Key note at Annual PIN conference. Nelson.  New Zealand

Savage, C. & Tarena, E. (2012) Culturally Responsive Tertiary Teaching. Keynote National Tertiary Teaching and Learning Conference. Nelson

Savage, C. & Tarena, E. (2012) Iwi Innovation in Higher Education. Keynote Te Toi Tauira mō Te Matariki. Ārai Te Uru Marae Dunedin.

Savage, C., Macfarlane, A.  Macfarlane, S. (2012) Iwi and Higher Education: Beyond consultation toward authentic collaboration. Paper presentation at AERA Vancouver April 2012.

Savage, C. (2012) Kia tika te mahi whakaako kia whakamana ai te tangata: Transforming Teaching. Invited Keynote Tuia Te Ako 2012 Hui. Victoria University of Wellington. Wellington March 29-30 2012.

Savage, C. (2011) Pedagogical leadership and Organisational change. Invited presentation. Otago Polytechnic Senior Managers Retreat. December 2011.

Savage, C. (2011) Impact of neoliberal thought on research and teaching. Invited Keynote. Research Wānanga. Canterbury University. Christchurch September 2011.

Savage, C., (2011) Past, Present and Future: New Forms of Colonisation.  Invited Keynote. Hui Poutama: Inaugural Maori Research Symposium. Otago University. Dunedin, 30 August 2011

Savage, C., Hindle, R., Meyer, L., Penetito, W., Hynds, A., and Sleeter, C. (2011) Culturally Responsive classroom management: What teachers say and do. Paper presentation at AERA New Orleans. 2011.

 

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