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Rachel McNae PhD
 
 

Rachel’s recently published books include - Realizing Innovative Partnerships in Educational Research (Sense, 2017) and Educational Leadership for Social Justice in Aotearoa New Zealand (New Zealand Council for Educational Research, 2017) and International Women Leading Education - Harnessing the Joy in Leadership, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018).


         

Recent Refereed Journal Articles

Klevering. N., & McNae, R. (in press).  Making sense of leadership in early childhood education: Tensions and complexities between concepts and practicesJournal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice.


McNae, R. (2018). Sharing their wor[l]ds:  Appreciating student’s voices in youth leadership development,

Journal of Ethical Educational Leadership, March, 2018 Special Issue - Student Voice, 137-153.


McNae, R. (2016). Appreciating young women and their leadership: A strength-based approach to leadership development with high school student leaders. Journal of Planning and Change. 46, 3, 469-485. 


McNae, R. & Morrison, M., & Branson, C. (2015). Leading for Social Justice, Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice. 30(1), 1-4.

Branson, C., McNae, R. & Morrison, M. (2015). Tui Tui Tuituia, Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice. 30(1), 132-42.


Morrison, M., Branson, C., & McNae, R. (2015). Multiple hues: New Zealand school leaders’ perceptions of social justice, Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice. 30(1), 4-16.


McNae, R. (2015). Women leading across the continents: Perspectives and possibilities. Gender and Education, 27(3), 288-303.


McNae, R. (2013). In their wor[l]ds: Co-constructive pedagogies for enhanced student engagement. SET, 3, 29-36, Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research.


McNae, R. (2011). Student Leadership in the secondary school context: The influence of school context on young women’s leadership perceptions, Journal of Leading and Managing, 17(2), 36-51.


McNae, R. (2010). Young women and leadership: Sharing conversations to create meaningful leadership learning opportunities, Journal of Educational Administration 48(6), 677-688.


McNae, R., & Strachan, J. (2010). Researching in cross cultural contexts: A socially just process, Waikato Journal of Education, 15(20) 41-54.


Strachan, J., & Saunders, R. (2007). Ni Vanuatu women and educational leadership development. New Zealand Journal of Educational Leadership, 22, 37-48.


Saunders, R. E. (2006). Youth leadership: Creating meaningful leadership programmes for young women through the process of co-construction. New Zealand Journal of Educational Leadership, 20(2),15-30. 

 

 

Publications – Book Chapters


Slater, C., Morrison, M., & McNae (in press). Leadership for Social Justice in Schools in Mexico, New Zealand and Spain, in P. Angelle & D. Torrance, Cultures of Social Justice Leadership:  Intercultural Contexts of Schools, Palgrave MacMillan.


McNae, R. (In press). Women leading for Social Justice in Higher Education:  Surfacing joy in challenging times. In: International Women Leading Education. Rowan and Littlefield.


McNae, R. & Cowie, B. (2017).  Elaborating Local Research Agendas: Reimagining Innovative Research

Partnerships.  In:  R. McNae and B. Cowie, Realising Innovative Partnerships in Educational Research

(pp. ix-xvi).  Wellington, NZCER. 


Cowie, B. & McNae, R. (2017).  Partnership Research: A Relational Practice.  In:  R. McNae and B. Cowie,

Realising Innovative Partnerships in Educational Research (pp. 307-309).  Wellington, NZCER. 


McNae, R. (2017).  Placing students at the centre while working from the margins: Generating student voice in youth adult partnerships. In:  R. McNae and B. Cowie, Realising Innovative Partnerships in Educational

Research (pp. 3-8).  Wellington, NZCER. 


McNae, R. (2017).  Making sense of self: Leaders of and for social justice in Aotearoa New Zealand.  In: P.

Angelle, A Global Perspective of Social Justice Leadership for School Principals. Tennessee, United

            States of America: Information Age Publishing.


McNae, R. (2017).  Women leading for social justice in the Commonwealth.  In: P. Miller (ed), Cultures of    Educational Leadership: Global and Intercultural Perspectives, pp. 25-52. United Kingdom: Palgrave            Macmillan.


McNae, R. & Cook, S. (2017).  Leading turnaround schools: Instilling hope and disrupting the status quo.  In: R. Notman, R. McNae and M. Morrison, Educational Leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand: Issues of context and social justice.  New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research.


Notman, R., McNae, R. & Morrison, M. (2017). Leading for social justice in Aotearoa New Zealand. In: R. McNae, R. Notman and M. Morrison (eds), Educational Leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand:  Issues of context and social justice.  New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research.


Morrison, M., Notman, R., McNae, R. (2017). Leading for social justice in Aotearoa New Zealand. In: R. McNae, R. Notman and M. Morrison (eds), Educational Leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand:  Issues of context and social justice.  New Zealand: New Zealand Council for Educational Research.


Branson, C., Morrison, M., & McNae, R. (2015). In Search Of Seamless Education. In: S. Gross, & J. Shapiro (eds). Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership: Reclaiming School Reform. USA: Routledge.


McNae, R. (2015). Gender Status and Educational Leadership: Section Editor in: Reilly, E., & Bauer, Q. (2015). Theoretical Foundations in Women’s Leadership, (pp. 1-42), USA: Rowman & Littlefield Education with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).


McNae, R. (2014). Activism and Community Engagement to Promote Girls and Women. In W. Sherman- Newcombe, & K. Mansfield (Eds.), Women Interrupting, Disrupting, and Revolutionizing Educational Policy & Practice (pp. 277-310). Virginia, USA: Information Age Publishing.


McNae, R. (2014). Educational leadership for social justice: Engaging relational pedagogies. In C. Branson and S. Gross (Eds.), International Handbook of Ethical and Moral Leadership (pp. 93-111). United States: Routledge.


McNae, R. (2011). Learning leadership: An insight into young women's beliefs and perceptions about leadership learning in high schools. In H. Macha, C. Fahrenwald and Q. J. Bauer (eds). Gender and Education - Towards New Strategies of Leadership and Power, pp.133-143 

 

Conference Presentations


McNae R. (2018).  Contemplating togetherness:  Navigating change and complexity with collective responsibility. Keynote address for the New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society, 20 April, Auckland, New Zealand.


McNae, R. & Morrison, M. (2018).  Making sense of social justice leadership: in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Educational Leadership Society, 20 April 2018, Auckland, New Zealand.


McNae, R. & Wright, N. (2018).  Architectures of Ownership: Leading in Digital Learning Spaces , 19 April 2018, Auckland, New Zealand.


McNae, R. (2017). Appreciating student voice in youth leadership development. University Commonwealth Council of Educational Administration, Denver, Co, November 5.


Notman, R., McNae, R., & Morrison.  High needs and social justice in New Zealand Schools.   (2017). University Commonwealth Council of Educational Administration, Denver, Co, November 5.


McNae, R. (2017).  International Women Leading Education - Surfacing joy in challenging times.  University Commonwealth Council of Educational Administration, Denver, Co, November 5.


McNae, R. (2017).  Making sense of the ‘self’ with[in]social justice leadership: Embodied leadership through 
lived experiences.  International Women Leading Education. Duque de Caxias, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil:July 20.


McNae, R. (2017).  Supporting change through appreciative Inquiry:  The impact of student centred, local and global learning agendas.  British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Conference, Ettington, United Kingdom, July 7.


McNae, R. (2016).  Educational leadership for social justice: International School Leaders Development Network. British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Conference, Leading for Social Justice, Cheshire, United Kingdom, 9 July.


McNae, R. (2016).  Women leading for social justice in the Commonwealth. British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Conference, Leading for Social Justice, Cheshire, United Kingdom, 9 July.


McNae, R. (2015).  Activism and community engagement to promote girls and women: To have voice and Choice. American Educational Research Association, Toward Justice:  Culture, language and heritage in education research and praxis. Chicago, Illinois, 16-20 April.


McNae, R. (2015).  Social Justice:  Diverse experiences of women leading in higher education.  Locating networks and agency for leadership within the university context. British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Conference, Democracy: Time for Renewal or Retreat in Educational Leadership, Reading, United Kingdom, 10-12 July.


McNae, R. (2015).  Appreciative Inquiry and leadership Learning: Engaging student voice in leadership development with high school student leaders. British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Conference, Democracy: Time for Renewal or Retreat in Educational Leadership, Reading, United Kingdom, 10-12 July.


McNae, R. (2015).  International School Leaders Development Network: Voices of school leaders around the world. British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Conference, Democracy: Time for Renewal or Retreat in Educational Leadership, Reading, United Kingdom, 10-12 July.


McNae, R., & Mackay, J. (2015).  Beneath the Surface: Re-designing School Leadership So it Means Something. Emerging Leaders 2015: A One Day Conference for Year 12 Students. Christ's College, Christchurch, New Zealand; 7 July, 2013.


McNae, R. (2014).  Social Justice:  Voice and opportunity in educational contexts. International Leadership Institute, University of Waikato, 10-13 March.


McNae, R. (2014).  Youth-Adult Partnerships:  Engaging Appreciative Inquiry to Meet the Diverse      Leadership Needs of High School Students, CASEA/CCEAM Conference – (re)situating the Commonwealth: Educational Leadership at a time of change, June 6-10, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada.


McNae R., Morrison, M., & Branson C. (2014).  School Leadership for Social Justice in Aotearoa, New Zealand.  CASEA/CCEAM Conference – (re)situating the Commonwealth: Educational Leadership at  a time of change, June 6-10, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada.


McNae, R. & Mackay, J. (2014). NZEALS - In their wor[l]ds:  An inquiry-based approach to leadership development with secondary school head prefects.  New Zealand Education Administration and

Leadership Society Conference, Wellington, 29 April, 2014.


Branson, C., McNae, R., & Morrison, M. (2014) He Waka eke noa: School leadership for social justice in Aotearoa New Zealand.  New Zealand Education Administration and Leadership Society Conference,

Wellington, 29 April, 2014.


Morrison, M., Branson, C., & McNae, R. (2013). Leadership for social justice in Aotearoa New Zealand.  University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Convention. Conference held at Indiana

University, Indianapolis.


McNae, R. (2014).  Social Justice:  Voice and opportunity in educational contexts. International Leadership Institute, University of Waikato, 10-13 March.


McNae, R. (2013).  Striving towards an Appreciative Pedagogy of leadership: Strength based approaches to  leadership development with young women. International Women Leading in Education Conference,  Ghana, Africa, 24-28 September.


McNae, R. (2012).  Appreciating youth leadership:  Developing youth leadership through appreciative inquiry.Paper presented at Australian Council for Educational Leaders, Brisbane, Australia, 3 October, 2012.


McNae, R. (2012).  ‘Picking the best apples in the orchard': An insight into young women's perceptions about leadership learning and opportunities in a New Zealand secondary school.  Paper presented at New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society Conference in Tauranga, New Zealand, April 11, 2012.


McNae, R. (2012). Appreciative Leadership:  Building leadership through strength-based positioning.  An invited address for Women in Leadership Day, 6 September, 2012, University of Waikato, Hamilton,  New Zealand.


Hunter, I., Giles, D. & McNae, R. (2011).  Acknowledging the heart of the matter:  The essence of professional life, A principal’s story. Paper presented at Australian Council of Educational Leadership Conference, (blind peer reviewed full paper), Adelaide, Australia, 5-7  October, 2011.


McNae, R. (2010).  Inviting young people into leadership conversations:  Seeking and engaging stduent voice to create meaningful leadership learning in schools.  Paper presented at Australian Council of Educational Leadership Conference, (blind peer reviewed full paper), Sydney, Australia, 29 October, 2010.


McNae, R. (2010).  Youth leadership in the secondary school:  Seeking and engaging student voice to co-construct sustainable and meaningful leadership learning opportunities.  Paper presented at New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society (blind peer reviewed full paper), in Christchurch, New Zealand, April 7, 2010.


Strachan, J. & Saunders, R. (2009).  Researching women’s leadership in cross cultural contexts:  A socially just process, Women Leading in Education, University of Augsburg, Munich, Germany, 11 September 2009.


Saunders, R. (2009).  Developing youth leadership approaches in schools:  An alternative approach to teaching and learning about leadership, Thinking Bodies, Moving Minds - Physical Education New Zealand Conference, Bethlehem College, Tauranga, 6-8 July 2009.


Saunders, R. (2007).  "Playing - hard to get?". The 2007 History & Future Directions of Research on Teaching and Teacher Education in Physical Education Conference. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; October 11-14, 2007. pp.1-5.


Strachan, J, Saunders, R, Jimmy, L & Lapi, G. (2007). Ni Vanuatu women and educational leadership development. 10th Pacific Islands Political Studies Association (PIPSA) Conference. Port Vila, Vanuatu; 7-8 December 2007. pp.1-24.


Saunders, R E. (2005). Lipgloss, labels and leadership programmes. The creation of meaningful and relevant leadership programmes that meet the needs of our young women. IAPESGW Congress. Edmonton, Canada. 10-13 August 2005, pp.1-20.


Saunders, R E. (2004). Learning to Lead - Taking off the blindfold. Keeping the Dream Alive, Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation 24th National/International Biennial Conference. Wollongong, Australia. 6-9 July 2004. pp.1-18.


Saunders, R E. (2004). Lip Gloss, Labels and Leadership Programmes - Developing young women's leadership through co-construction. Could-be Schools, Leadership in Education, Graduate Research Conference. Hamilton, 8-13 July 2004. pp.1-21.



A Selection of Recent Invited Addresses

McNae R. (2018).  Contemplating togetherness:  Navigating change and complexity with collective responsibility. Keynote address for the New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society, 20 April, Auckland, New Zealand.


McNae, R. (2015). In their wor[l]ds:  Engaging voice to enhance student learning, New Zealand Educational Leadership Society Taranaki Branch, New Zealand, 26 March.


McNae, R. (2013). Relational leadership for challenging times – An invited keynote address for Physical Education New Zealand National Leadership Programme, 3 November, 2013, Hastings, New Zealand.

McNae, R. (2013). Engaging student voice: Developing youth-adult partnerships for 21st century teaching and learning.  An invited keynote address for National Aspiring Principals Programme, 2 May 2013, Auckland, New Zealand. 

McNae, R. (2013). Are leaders born or made? Invited keynote address for HEADZUP, 21 February 2013, Hamilton,   New Zealand.

McNae, R. (2013). Student voice in school reform:  Talking it up.  Invited key note address, National Aspiring Principals Programme, Auckland, New Zealand.

McNae, R. (2012). Talking it up: Moving beyond ‘student voice’ by creating youth-adult partnerships for 21st century teaching and learning.  An invited keynote address for National Aspiring Principals Programme, 19 April 2012, Auckland, New Zealand. 

McNae, R. (2012). Calling the shots:  The role of youth-adult partnerships in pedagogical leadership. An invited keynote address for the Central North Island Principal’s Association, 24 August, Taupo, New Zealand. 


McNae, R. (2012). Student voice: Reframing and designing student voice initiatives to generate 21st Century learning outcomes. Invited keynote address for New Zealand Secondary Principals Council Conference. University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand; 19-22 June 2012.


McNae, R. (2012). Valuing their wor[L]ds:  Engaging secondary school students in meaningful leadership learning.  An invited keynote address for North Island Teacher Update Day, 7 September, 2012, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. 


McNae, R. Leadership lessons from Lady Gaga.  An invited keynote address at Emerging Leaders 2012: A One Day Conference for Year 12 Students. Christ's College, Christchurch, New Zealand; 26 June 2012.


McNae, R. (2012). Leaders: An invited keynote address for the Waikato Institute for Leisure and Sports Studies.  HEADZUP Head Prefect Leadership Day, 2 March 2012, University of Waikato, Hamilton.


McNae, R. (2012). Student leaders - Are we born this way? An invited keynote address for the Waikato Institute for Leisure and Sports Studies.  Waikato Youth Leaders Day, 13 June 2012,  University of Waikato, Hamilton.


McNae, R. (2011).  Student Leaders:  Walking the talk. An invited keynote address for the Waikato Institute for Leisure and Sports Studies.  HEADZUP Head Prefect Leadership Day, February, University of Waikato, Hamilton.


McNae, R. (2010).  “Holding constructive conversations and meetings”. An invited presentation for the University of Waikato Library Staff, University of Waikato, 16 November, Hamilton.

 

McNae, R., & Bounds, A (2010). “Constructive conversations”. An invited presentation for the Women in Leadership Day, 2 September, University of Waikato, Hamilton.

 

McNae, R. Designing leadership: Having a say about your leadership. Emerging Leaders: A one day leadership conference for year 12. Christ's College, Christchurch; 29 June 2010.

 

McNae, R. (2010).  “Knowing”.  An invited presentation for the Hillcrest high School Scholarship Day, 9 June, Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato, Hamilton.

 

McNae, R. (2010).  Student Leadership in Action:  A requested Key Note address for the Waikato Institute for Leisure and Sports Studies.  HEADZ UP Head Prefect Leadership Day, 25 February, University of Waikato, Hamilton.

 

Saunders, R. (2009). An alternative approach to leadership programme development:  co-constructing leadership curriculum with students.  Skills Active – Sport Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand; 21 August 2009.

 

Saunders, R. (2009). The choice of voice: Creating systems for student voice inclusion and action in schools.  International Network for Educational Transformation Conference, Novatel Tainui Hotel, Hamilton, 24 July 2009.

 

Saunders, R. (2009). Student voice – the case for space.  International Network for Educational Transformation Conference, Botany College, Auckland, 25 July 2009.

 

Saunders, R. (2009). Revolution:  Leadership beyond the school gates.  Invited address to staff and senior management at Kings College, Auckland, 8 June 2009.

 


Book Reviews

Notman, R. (2011). Successful Educational Leadership in New Zealand: Case studies of schools and an early childhood centre. Wellington: NZCER, ISBN 978-927151-37-2. For New Zealand Journal of Educational Leadership and Policy, 2012, 27(1).


Publications - Commissioned Research Reports


McNae R., & Mackay, J. (2013).  Appreciative Leadership:  An investigation in the HEADZUP Leadership programme.  University of Waikato, Hamilton. 35 pages.


Saunders, R. (2009).  Rotary Youth Leadership Award Programme Evaluation (Report to Rotary New Zealand) 2009.

 

Saunders, R. (2008).  Rotary Youth Leadership Award Programme Evaluation (Report to Rotary New Zealand) 2008. p.1-132.

 

Saunders, R. (2007).  Waikato Institute for Leisure and Sport Studies: National Certificate in Coaching and Administration Evaluation (Report to WILSS), p.1-24.

 

Saunders, R. (2008).  Waikato Institute for Leisure and Sport Studies:  National Certificate in Sports Studies and  Administration Evaluation (Report to WILSS), p.1-15.

 

Other Relevant Research / Scholarly Outputs

McNae, R. (2011). Young women and leadership:  Co-constructing leadership programmes in schools using student voice.  Unpublished Doctoral Thesis, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

New Zealand House of Representatives (18 July 2012).  Order paper presented by Sue Moroney to Members of Parliament bringing attention to the European Foundation for Management and Development Outstanding Doctoral Research Award that I was awarded.

Radio New Zealand Panelist – Women and Leadership. Radio New Zealand, December 15, 2011.


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