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Te Kotahitanga

Te Kotahitanga.

Te Kotahitanga is an evidence-based professional development programme that has an explicit focus on raising Māori achievement. Based on Kaupapa Māori theory Te Kotahitanga supports ways that teachers in English-medium classrooms can authentically affirm Māori identity to improve outcomes for Māori learners.

Research shows that students live up to, or down to, expectations, and that many of our teachers subconsciously expect less of Māori. The focus of Te Kotahitanga is on changing teacher practices, expectations and beliefs about Māori learners from deficit-based to strengths-based.

Te Kotahitanga has two system-wide outcomes and two school-level outcomes:

System outcomes

i) To raise the participation, engagement and achievement of Māori students and increase their attainment of worthwhile qualifications.

ii) To raise wider system capability so that school leaders, teachers and their communities understand and establish culturally responsive learning contexts.

School outcomes

i) To support teachers to improve Māori student learning and achievement by creating a culturally responsive context for learning based on student evidence.

ii) To enable school leaders, and the wider school community to establish school structures and organisations that support teachers in this endeavour.

  1. Filed under: Effective leaders

    Since 2008 Te Kotahitanga has provided a biennial conference for everyone who is interested in exploring the project further. The 2010 Te Kotahitanga Changes Conference allowed schools and their communities the opportunity to critically reflect on their experiences in the project, share their learning and celebrate each others’ successes.

  2. Filed under: Research & evaluation | Effective leaders | Effective teachers

    The purpose of this report is to document the outcomes of the implementation of Te Kotahitanga in Phase 3 and 4 secondary schools from 2007 to 2010. During these four years, the Phase 3 schools were in their fourth to seventh year of implementing the project in their schools. Phase 4 schools were in their first to fourth years of the programme.

  3. 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.

  4. Filed under: Ako | Effective Teachers

    Jane, a Year 9 English teacher, talks about how she has encouraged her Year 9 class to take ownership of their learning. Jane's story is a great example of how changing the way your class is run can have a dramatic effect on both the students and the teacher.

  5. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Effective Teachers

    Claire's story is an example of how creating an environment where student's identity is valued can have an empowering effect on learning.

  6. Filed under: Effective leaders

    In this clip the Principal and a Te Kotahitanga Facilitator at Te Puke High School discuss data sharing and analysis.

  7. 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.

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

    In this story the Principal, two Te Kotahitanga facilitators and a teacher, discuss how Te Kotahitanga has impacted on their school.

  9. Filed under: Effective leaders | Effective teachers

    In these five interview clips Professor Russell Bishop, Te Kotahitanga school students, and Te Kotahitanga kaumatua reflect on their experiences in Te Kotahitanga.

  10. Filed under: Effective leaders

    In these clips from the 2010 Te Kotahitanga conference, the principals of Kerikeri High School, Massey High School, and Rotorua Girl's High School share their Te Kotahitanga journey, its impact on student learning, on teacher practice, on the school and community.

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