About

Hope is a verb.

I am a passionate and experienced education consultant helping to shape the future of teaching and learning in Aotearoa.

If you require leadership or guidance to design, develop and deliver genuinely exciting policy, vision, strategy, curriculum or practice within your learning environment, institution or organisation, please get in touch.

Policy, strategy and vision

I help organisations and schools create cohesive direction, informed by best practice. I utilise design thinking practices as well as logic modelling to ensure that strategy has clear lines of sight from its vision, through active implementation to meaningful outcomes.

Curriculum design

I help schools and organisations design innovative, engaging local curriculum that truly reflects who and where they are. I use design thinking to ensure that solutions are by, with and for the community that I serve. I draw on comprehensive understandings of the NZ Curriculum, place-based education, cultural competencies, integrated learning, knowledge-rich inquiry methodologies, capabilities-based approaches and Universal Design for Learning to inform great practice.

Honouring Te Tiriti

I am tangata tiriti and aspire to be an honourable Treaty partner. I am inspired by mātua Moana Jackson’s ‘ethic of restoration’ and the wero to whaka-tika the promises made within Te Tiriti.

For me, this means de-centring dominant ways of working so that time, power and resources are authentically shared. I endeavour to create space within our existing systems for mana motuhake so that tangata whenua can thrive in Aotearoa. My own understandings of what it means to be Pākehā continue to unfurl and evolve through humble service in cross-cultural contexts.

Professional learning and facilitation

I create and lead engaging participatory workshops for multiple stakeholders that get right to the heart of any matter. I’m skilled at creating meaningful activities that engage with and draw out key themes within complex environments.

Museum learning

I’ve a passion for museum learning environments and believe in the power of history and art for creating meaning. Future-focused museums turn towards their communities and ask the fundamental questions of our time. I assist museums, and their learning teams, in ensuring that their practice is pinned to quality research, critically aware, relevant and engaging.

Management

I’m a leader who prioritises the importance of relationships and connection. I’m often brought in to work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders in complex, layered settings to ensure buy-in and collective ownership. I utilise comprehensive understandings of relationship, contract and project management to support delivery of work on time, to scope and within budget.

Regenerative futures

I have a comprehensive, practice-oriented knowledge of growing regenerative food and believe in the transformational power of a meaningful relationship to our planet.

I want children to inherit a world that is worth living in, and I walk the talk on this – I’m a low-waste advocate, a community volunteer, an avid urban farmer, and an ethical fashion proponent.

I am an accredited PLD facilitator. This means that your school can access PLD funding from the Ministry of Education to engage my services. I am also available independently – for agile, bespoke and responsive solutions, both in education settings and beyond – here in Aotearoa and around the world.

Background

I grew up at the ankles of the great mountain Taranaki, sheltered within a loving family and an immense extended whānau. I travelled the world, met a Northern Englishman, and now live happily on the Kāpiti Coast, in a house on a hill, with my husband, our two wonderful boys, a dog called Pepper and 11 chickens. In addition to my work, I adore growing food, tramping, camping, festivals and dress-ups.

I have a Bachelor of Arts (History/Art History) a Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) and a Masters of Education (Distinction) in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning.

I was a secondary teacher in History, Art History and Visual Arts both here and in the UK before completing my Masters of Education (Distinction) under Professor Wally Penetito’s supervision at He Parekereke at Victoria University of Wellington.

I worked at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand as their Senior Programme Developer in Education before moving to the Ministry of Education National Office to manage Te Kotahitanga, Ako Panuku and Te Kauhua as Senior Advisor Māori in English Medium within the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning team. I worked with the Teaching Council within Innovation and Collaboration, where I began the project which eventually became Unteach Racism.

I now consult independently and as an Associate at Cognition Education Group. Take a look at a portfolio of recent work and what others say about me.

If you want to know more about my career and qualifications, please feel free to get in touch.

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Illustrations Molly Costello