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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

    Three schools in the Te Kauhua initiative – Hillmorton, Lincoln, and Hornby High Schools - opted to cluster together for purposes of their research inquiry. They worked from a common research question, but tailored their inquiries to their individual school contexts. The cluster schools met regularly over the duration of the project, sharing findings and challenging one another’s practice and thinking. The following case study highlights the approaches and findings of Hornby High School.

  2. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders | Effective teachers

    Lincoln High School investigates how, as part of a cluster arrangement, a school can foster the development of an effective professional learning community that is focused on teaching as inquiry and premised on three underpinning principles: ako (reciprocal learning), culture counts, and productive partnerships.

  3. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    Responding to “demanding constituents” has been the catalyst for changes in teaching practice at Henderson Intermediate - changes achieved through a process of reflecting upon the evidence available and responding to student need.

  4. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Effective leaders

    An idea from whānau became the basis of a successful intervention to tackle attendance issues.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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