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Productive partnerships

“Increasing whānau and iwi authority and involvement in education is critical to improving presence, engagement, and achievement. To achieve this, parents and whānau must be actively involved in decision-making and their children’s learning in all education settings.”

Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success: The Māori Education Strategy 2008-2012, page 28.

Productive partnerships incorporate Māori students, whānau, and educators sharing knowledge and expertise with each other to produce better outcomes for Māori learners. This principle includes taking a ‘personalised learning’ approach that puts every learner and their achievement at the heart of education and recognises that one size fits one.

The resources you will find on this page reflect these principles of productive partnership and provide examples of this from schools across New Zealand.

  1. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders | Effective teachers

    Approaches to conceptualising, identifying and providing for gifted and talented Māori students are dual faceted: they may emanate from Te Ao Māori; a Māori worldview on the one hand, and have significant connotations to Te Ao Hurihuri (the global world) on the other.

  2. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Research & evaluation | Effective leaders

    This working paper written by Ally Bull for NZCER, discusses the relationship between schools and their communities. It explores the purpose of different school-community initiatives and discusses the case for a wider public engagement in education for the purpose of rethinking how schools meet the needs of all learners in the 21st century.

  3. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    Hine Waitere, the Professional Development Director of He Kākano, describes the willingness of participating schools to look at things differently, to engage more broadly to bring about better learning outcomes for Māori students.

  4. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Identity Language and Culture | Effective leaders

    Yolanda Julies, Principal at Te Kura Reo Rua o Waikirikiri, discusses the importance of establishing a shared understanding and supportive school culture as the school explored the national curriculum documents.

  5. Filed under: Effective leaders

    Better relationships for better learning provides guidelines for boards of trustees and schools on engaging with Māori parents, whānau, and communities.

  6. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    Karen Johansen, Gisborne Girls High School principal (1996-2008) talks about her challenge to answer the needs of the community.

  7. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    The purpose of this project was to deepen the Ministry’s understanding of the characteristics of successful whānau and iwi engagement in the development of marautanga-ā-kura.

  8. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    These stories discuss how Ngati Porou East Coast schools have worked collectively through the E Tipu e Rea Education Partnership, to develop their school curricula.

  9. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    In this story Noema Williams, Principal, discusses building on a whānau/marae model in the kura.

  10. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Identity Language and Culture | Effective leaders

    This Māori-medium resource provides a model of the key leadership roles and practices that supports high-quality educational outcomes for Māori learners. It is also available in English.

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