‘What does a Director of Curriculum and Learning actually do?’

I have been asked this question more than a couple of times over the last few weeks while I have been back in New Zealand. I had been pondering this myself and became grateful for the opportunity to reflect upon what the answer might be. I have now distilled that answer into 3 words (apologies to those who asked the question before a few chats at The Avonhead Tavern and Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn had crystallized my thinking…)

Simplify the context and systems within which teachers work. Support teachers in their work. Connect the work of teachers to their own goals and values, the work of other teachers, the mission, values and goals of the school, and the learning of students.