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Leading cultural change: Gisborne Girls' High School

"We looked at the relationship with whānau, hapū, and iwi, and spent a great deal of time having new conversations with people (mostly younger Māori people in the community) about what they wanted the school to do for these students".

Karen Johansen, Gisborne Girls High School principal

Karen Johansen, Gisborne Girls High School principal (1996-2008) talks about her challenge to answer the needs of the community by bringing both Māori and Pakeha communities into the school, and by acknowledging that there are many pathways to follow, not just an academic one.

Questions / Things to think about

  1. What's your leadership style? Where do your ideas come from?
  2.  Which communities are reflected in your school? How does this happen?
  3. Are there communities that are not reflected?

Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

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