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Keryn Davis

quotation markIf you believe children are highly capable, creative thinkers and doers, you'll want to make the most of opportunities to grow this. I walk beside teachers so, together, we can design ways to do this better.quotation mark

quotation markIf you believe children are highly capable, creative thinkers and doers, you'll want to make the most of opportunities to grow this. I walk beside teachers so, together, we can design ways to do this better.quotation mark


  • Innovative curriculum design
  • Effective pedagogy.
  • Inquiry and thinking with children.
  • Teaching as inquiry.
  • Assessment for learning and pedagogical documentation.
  • Transitions from ECE to school.

 Keryn has been involved in professional learning and development for over 15 years. During this time she has worked collaboratively with practitioners, primary advisors and academics promoting innovation in pedagogy and curriculum design, as well as cross-sector relationships and understandings. She has been involved in a number of Ministry of Education initiatives and collaborative research projects focused on understanding and improving teaching and learning in early childhood education and primary schools. Keryn consults in both early childhood and primary, nationally and internationally. 

Before joining CORE’s research team Keryn was was a facilitator in Ministry of Education early childhood education professional development contracts with the University of Canterbury (1999-2010) and CORE (2010-2013). These contracts included specific areas of focus for example: Implementing Te Whariki/curriculum design; governance and management, assessment for learning; programme planning; self-review; transitions; identity, language and culture; literacy and mathematics.

Designing teaching and learning in the early years

  • Keryn is currently working with two Christchurch schools to re-design their learning environments and pedagogy to support children's transitions to school. She is also working on curriculum vision and design as well as assessment for learning with a number of early childhood education centres in the Christchurch area. Recently, Keryn worked with an international school in China around their use of Te Whāriki, learning dispositions, working theories, and effective pedagogy. 

Keynote speaking, seminars and published work

  • Keryn is a regular keynote speaker and presenter at national conferences. She has also presented in the UK. Keryn’s work has been published extensively in national and international journals, in several books, and online. 

Classroom research and resource development