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“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: Identity Language and Culture | Ako | Effective teachers

    Research shows that bringing cultural context into the curriculum affirms the students identity, and validates their cultural knowledge and knowledge of their whānau. (Extract from ‘Te ManaKōrero: Relationships for Learning’, 2007).

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

    The innovative use of ICT can be used to enhance professional development. Pakaraka School has created an environment where everyone is a learner. It uses ICT to capture the weekly lesson of a visiting teacher of Te Reo Māori. (Extract from ‘Te ManaKōrero: Strengthening Professional Practice’, 2005).

  3. 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).

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

    Rotorua Lakes High School and neighbouring Mokoia Intermediate have established a collaborative learning community where they share professional development opportunities. The process of developing better relationships with students began with asking the students what the issues were. (Extract from ‘Te ManaKōrero: Strengthening Professional Practice’, 2005).

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

    At Ruawai Primary School and Kapiti College, whānau knowledge is valued as teachers construct contexts for learning that reflect the cultural significance and history of their location.

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

    School leaders need to respond positively, and in a culturally-appropriate way, so that Māori students can realise their potential.

  7. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Ako | Effective teachers

    In light of the education system’s failure to address the needs of Māori students, educators need to learn how to engage those students more effectively, in all aspects of their learning.

  8. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Identity Language and Culture | Ako | Effective teachers

    The video clips for Te Mana Kōrero focus on the need to build, and sustain, strong and effective school-whānau partnerships, in order to raise Māori student achievement. Such partnerships are characterised by both parties respecting and valuing each other's perspectives and contributions.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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