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Centre for Educational Development

Transforming teaching and learning experiences

The Centre for Educational Development is a community of skilled and experienced facilitators providing schools and related organisations with highly effective professional learning and development through “shifting learning” via a teacher inquiry model. Select your preferred learning style from our cluster groups, courses and workshops.  We will also work with you to customise a professional learning plan specific to your school's staff development needs.

What is CED?

The Centre for Educational Development is a diverse and cohesive community of facilitators who provide advice, support, personal development, and professional learning opportunities for early childhood, primary and secondary educators.  Our facilitators are highly experienced and qualified and are in demand throughout Massey’s central North Island region and well beyond...
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Meet the team

The Centre for Educational Development is an integral part of the Institute of Education at Massey University and is split between Palmerston North and Hawke’s Bay.  Professional learning facilitators bring a wide range of experience and expertise plus the benefits of strong links to the wider University...
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For a downloadable poster of the team, click on the following link:  A3 CED Poster 2014 (final).pdf (1,196 KB)

Are you putting off that hard conversation?  Is it too hard?

The Centre for Educational Development is bringing Jennifer Abrams, author of "Having Hard Conversations" to New Zealand to run a national series of workshops in Albany, Mangere, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch or Dunedin from 27 August to 5 September 2015.

Jennifer is in high demand in the USA and internationally as people are keen to use the simple and effective framework she has developed for these challenging moments.  This is Jennifer's first time presenting in New Zealand.  Places are limited as the workshop is hands-on and she wants to be able to work closely with participants.  Check out Jennifer's work on her website at

Click on the links below for further information about the workshops and how to register:

Are you putting off that hard conversation flyer (98 KB)       Are you putting off that hard conversation registration form (157 KB)

Smart devices for supporting inquiry and conversations in early childhood education

Kathryn MacCullum from EIT Hawke's Bay and Heather Bell from the Massey University's Centre for Educational Development have had a peer-reviewed paper published in a recent edition of He Kupu.  Click on the link below to read their article:

Kathryn MacCallum Heather Bell Article.pdf (379 KB)

Shifting learning for teachers and students

Our stories

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Early childhood work recognised - Massey early-childhood specialists will continue to support educators and teachers in the community after securing Ministry of Education funding. 

Inquiry Learning - Breaking Down the Barriers, South Taranaki, 18 June 2013 - Three presentations providing an overview of what inquiry learning offers within the context of a primary school and an early childhood service, bridging smooth transitions with families focused on children.


Inquiring into the impact of using iPads in early childhood settings - The Heretaunga Kindergarten Association wanted to see if iPads could be used to support teaching and learning in an early childhood environment.  Lucknow Kindergarten in Havelock North worked with Heather Bell from Massey University's Centre for Educational Development to trial iPads and use Teaching as Inquiry to guide and understand the impact on their student's learning and their teaching practices. 

Teaching as Inquiry and 21st Century Technologies at Riverslea School, Hastings - A case study on how iPads and digital and web-based technologies were used to research and improve student learning in the school.


Professional development programme for a teen parent unit - A case study on providing a professional development programme that focuses on both the leadership and management and teaching and learning in Teen Parent Units.


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Teaching as Inquiry to shift student learning - The Principal of St Mary’s Catholic School Whanganui believed that the school could accelerate achievement for the 20% of students who were at that time achieving below expectations. How did we help him shift student learning?  

Our reading

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No schools left behind - An article making a huge impact on Colleen's work. It helps make sense of what evidence to collect to inform an issue, explaining why a range of evidence is important. 

Bell-Heather-2012-01.JPG Oral language competence and restorative justice processes:  Refining preparation and the measurement of conference outcomes - Heather Bell shares a reading on Hennessey Hayes' and Pamela Snow's research on the relationship between oral language communication development particularly with regards to youth offending.

Our events


We run a range of workshops, clusters and networks to assist teachers to problem solve, build on their expertise and create exciting learning communities. Find out more about the events happening soon in your area.


Postgraduate Courses in Education

Click on the link below to find out more about Postgraduate courses in Education at Massey University:


Palmerston North: Centre for Educational Development, Institute of Education, Cnr Albany Drive and Collinson Road, Massey University, Private Bag 11 222, Palmerston North 4442  |  T:  +64 6 350 4909

Napier: Centre for Educational Development, Ruawharo Centre, Hetley Building, EIT Hawke's Bay, Gloucester Street, Taradale, PO Box 410, Napier 4140  |  T:  +64 6 845 9390

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