Dr Kaye Twyford

PhD; MA; PG Dip Educational Leadership - The University of Auckland BA; Dip Teaching - Massey University


Kaye is currently a Lecturer at the University of Auckland and an Expert Partner in Kāhui Ako contracted by the Ministry of Education. She brings 29 years experience as a teacher and school leader. Her MA in Reading Difficulties was supervised by Professor Marie Clay. 

Kaye completed her PhD in Education (2016) investigating teachers’ engagement in professional learning through a risk lens focused on uncertainty and vulnerability. Her work suggests a reframing of teacher resistance and highlights implications for mitigating risks in change in order to maximise teachers’ opportunities to learn.

Kaye was the Project Manager and researcher for the Consortium for Professional Learning (CPL) research team from 2012-2017 working with Professor Helen Timperley, Dr Deidre Le Fevre, Dr Fiona Ell, Dr Kane Meissel, and Dr Rae Si‘ilata. This work focused on: Effective facilitation in New Zealand schools addressing concepts of adaptive expertise and deliberate acts of facilitation; perceptions of risk; and linguistic and cultural responsive pedagogy.  

Research | Current

The Role of Risk and Vulnerability in Professional Learning

Communities of Learning

Developing Adaptive Expertise

Navigating Risk in Leadership

Teaching | Current

EDPROF 724 Developing Communities of Learners

EDPROFST 782 Educational Change

EDPROFST 738 Educational Leadership

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member LDPP Research Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Twyford, K., Le Fevre, D., & Timperley, H. (2017). The influence of risk and uncertainty on teachers’ responses to professional learning and development. Journal of Professional Capital and Community, 2 (2), 86-100. 10.1108/JPCC-10-2016-0028
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Deidre Le Fevre
  • Twyford, K. M. (2016). Risk or resistance: Understanding teachers’ perceptions of risk in professional learning The University of Auckland. The University of Auckland.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 509
New Zealand