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"...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. Ako Panuku 24/11/2011

    Filed under: Ako | Te Reo Maori | Effective teachers

    Ako Panuku is a professional development suite supporting Māori secondary school and wharekura teachers with particular emphasis on te reo Māori teachers.

  2. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Ako

    These clips come from a DVD that was recorded during workshops facilitated by Māori language advisers in schools, to support teachers in the implementation of the Māori language curriculum guidelines, Te Aho Arataki.

  3. Filed under: Ako | Research & evaluation

    This is an evaluation report of a pilot PD programme to upskill English medium teachers of Māori language in secondary schools, specifically around second language teaching methods, the Māori language curriculum guidelines, planning, assessment, teaching/learning strategies, and the use of resources.

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