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Te Kauhua

The written and video resources you will find on these pages relate to the Te Kauhua initiative.

The Te Kauhua professional learning model is an action research and development initiative. Schools undertake action research projects to strengthen effective links between whānau, families, communities, and schools.

These links maximise teachers’ opportunities to strengthen their practices to support increased academic, social, and cultural outcomes for Māori learners.

Te Kauhua has been in schools since 2001 and is now entering its fourth phase. Phase four of Te Kauhua establishes a number of initiatives to enhance school capability and system understanding of how schools, in collaboration with whānau/hapu and iwi, can develop and implement culturally responsive school and classroom practices.

Each phase of Te Kauhua is based on the evidence and learning from the previous phase. To read about the history of Te Kauhua please visit the Te Tere Auraki site on TKI.

  1. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    When Henderson Intermediate staff were open and honest about the issues of Māori student achievement with whānau, they received an immediate response of support.

  2. Filed under: Effective leaders

    For three schools in the Christchurch region, the opportunity to operate as a cluster provided the stimulus for professional learning.

  3. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Effective teachers

    Principal Anne Brokenshire and facilitator Kylie Coulbeck reflect on what is now more evident as a result of the professional learning that staff have undertaken.

  4. Filed under: Effective leaders

    A feature of school structure at Te Kura Tuarua o Waihora – Hillmorton High School, are the vertical form classes, or tutor groups. Students and staff attribute much of the supportive and responsive school environment to the effective use of these structures.

  5. Filed under: Effective leaders

    At Te Kura Tuarua o Waihora – Hillmorton High School, a distributed leadership model was deliberately applied to the implementation of professional development in order to encourage school-wide acceptance and adoption of new practices.

  6. Filed under: Effective leaders | Effective teachers

    At Te Kura Tuarua o Waihora – Hillmorton High School, an analysis of student data revealed a pressing need to address issues of Māori student achievement. Teachers took ownership of the issues and sought solutions through an action research model.

  7. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Ako | Effective teachers

    Lincoln High School's NCEA's data illustrated that Māori students were grossly underachieving. As a result, the professional development model of Te Kauhua was established, based on research that showed what works well for Māori.

  8. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Ako | Effective teachers

    At Henderson Intermediate, we see the beginnings of a successful push by Te Kauhua facilitators to engage whānau, by organising whānau hui, where data on Māori students’ attendance and achievement was shared.

  9. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective teachers

    At Hillmorton High School, we see the beginnings of a successful push by Te Kauhua facilitators to engage whānau, by organising whānau hui, where data on Māori students’ attendance and achievement was shared.

  10. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    In this clip we see the benefits of teachers, students and whānau coming together to set goals – and to celebrate success in learning.

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