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Ako

"...research shows that student engagement and achievement improves when teachers develop positive teaching and learning relationships with Māori students..."

Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success: The Māori Education Strategy 2008-2012, page 23.

The concept of ako describes a teaching and learning relationship where the educator is also learning from the student and where educators’ practices are informed by the latest research and are both deliberate and reflective. Ako is grounded in the principle of reciprocity and recognises that the learner and whānau cannot be separated.

The resources you will find on this page reflect the principles of ako and provide examples of this in the classroom and beyond.

  1. Filed under: ako | effective leaders | effective teachers

    Read the Cultural Advocates article by Sarah Feltham in the Education Gazette for examples of Māori world-view strategies being implemented by Te Kohanga Reo o Pūau te Moananui a Kiwa.

  2. Filed under: Ako | Effective leaders

    Ruia – Teacher appraisal for Māori learners’ success is a resource for principals and other school leaders who want appraisal to lead to deep learning for teachers and to educational success for Māori students.

  3. Filed under: ako | Effective leaders

    The Ruia tools for principals and other school leaders have been designed to support better educational success for Māori students and provide in-depth resources in appraisal for learning and school-whānau partnerships.

  4. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Identity Language and Culture | Ako | Research & evaluation | Effective leaders

    In this sabbatical leave report from Bruce Pagan, Principal, Kaikoura Primary School; Bruce investigates the effects/benefits that the pursuit of culturally significant events can have on Māori student achievement, with particular reference to those families/students that engage regularly in hui, muttonbirding, and carving.

  5. Filed under: Ako | Effective leaders

    In this article Hamish Ruawai talks about his career as a leader. Hamish discusses the importance of knowing that for Māori students to be effective learners they need effective relationships with people who are teaching and how this knowledge influences how he works at Kaikohe West School.

  6. Filed under: Ako | Effective leaders | Effective teachers

    Curriculum Updates support school leaders and teachers as they work to design and review their school curriculum, in line with the New Zealand Curriculum and with current knowledge and understandings about effective classroom teaching.

  7. Filed under: Ako | Effective leaders

    In these three stories from the Experienced Principals Development Programme (EPDP) experienced principals to lead change that creates effective teaching and learning conditions.

  8. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Ako | Effective leaders

    These five Rangiātea case studies and exemplars examine five secondary schools, each of which is on a journey towards realising Māori learner potential.

  9. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Ako | Effective leaders

    Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners has been developed by the Ministry of Education, along with the New Zealand Teachers Council and a Reference Group of academics, teacher education practitioners, and iwi representatives involved in iwi educational initiatives. It drew on research, existing frameworks, discussions with some iwi, and the experience of the Reference Group.

  10. Filed under: Ako | Effective leaders | Effective teachers

    In this story Ngaruawahia High School students, teachers, the principal, senior leaders and Te Kotahitanga facilitators discuss students’ NCEA results.

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