Julia Westera

Julia Westera
PhD, Educational Psychologist

RTeach Institute Director
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RTeach Institute Director
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Phone: 021 167 4346
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Julia Westera is a highly regarded educational psychologist and PLD facilitator, who has worked in early childhood, intermediate and secondary schools, in both rural and urban communities.

Dr Westera is an Honorary Research Fellow, University of Auckland. Her doctorate and more recent research on reciprocal teaching as a school-wide inclusive strategy, has earned her both national and international recognition.

Julia has designed a modernised version of Reciprocal Teaching–RT3T™, to increase the likelihood of success for all our tamariki and encouraging them to become life-long learners. Over the last few years Dr Westera and her team are refining RT3T™ in schools | Kāhui Ako | cluster of schools at all decile levels, in Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Southland regions.

Feature articles:

Best Evidence Synthesis – Reciprocal Teaching, 2012. Co-authored by Dr Westera

Generating Seismic Shifts with Reciprocal Teaching, Education Gazette Publication October 2016

Q&A: Reciprocal Teaching: An update on a core teaching and learning strategy, Education Gazette Publication November 2015

Q&A: A schoolwide core teaching and learning strategy, Education Gazette Publication April 2014

Reciprocal Teaching – Towards high impact results: Inferential questioning and other key elements. Presentation of RT3T™ at EARLI Conference, Cyprus 2015. At this leading European conference, Dr Westera’s paper was ranked in the top 15% in terms of relevance.