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Identity, language and culture

“Māori children and students are more likely to achieve when they see themselves, their whānau , hapū and iwi reflected in the teaching content and environment, and are able to be ‘Māori’ in all learning contexts.”

Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success: The Māori Education Strategy 2008-2012, page 20.

An education system incorporating identity, language, and culture values knowing where students come from and building on what students bring with them. The resources you will find on this page reflect the value of identity, language, and culture, and provide examples of this in the classroom and beyond.

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

    Developing an inclusive curriculum. At Rotorua Lakes and Greymouth High Schools, student and whānau knowledge is validated through its introduction into the context for learning. (Extract from ‘Te Mana Kōrero: Strengthening Professional Practice’, 2005).

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

    This clip shows what Taihape Area School has done to create links between the school and its community, to establish a partnership, thereby giving effect to the requirements in TheNew Zealand Curriculum to accommodate local needs and consult with the community.

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

    In this clip we hear a range of perspectives on what is needed to sustain the changes made at Taihape Area School. Participants discuss the importance of putting students first, and engaging with the community.

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

    This clip looks at changes that Taihape Area School made to its timetable, option lines, and the structure of lessons – in order to better engage Māori students.

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

    In this clip, we see different stakeholders discussing the benefits of change at Taihape Area School.

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

    The eleven clips featuring Taihape Area School show the positive impact of change (led by the principal) on the school.

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

    This clip explores the benefits (for all) of having a genuine partnership between school, students, and whānau/iwi.

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