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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: Productive partnerships | Identity Language and Culture | Ako

    Living Heritage is an online bilingual initiative that enables New Zealand schools to develop and publish an online resource, based on a heritage treasure in their community.

  2. Filed under: identity language and culture | Ako

    Tangatawhenua.com the website for Maori news and indigenous views has articles, photos, and results from Te Matatini 2013 Kapa Haka National Championship.

  3. Filed under: ako | effective teachers

    The Analysis and Use of Student Achievement Data Project (AUSAD) used at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Tapuwae, is about Māori educators developing programmes that are going to work successfully for Māori learners. 

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

    Living Heritage is an online bilingual initiative that enables New Zealand schools to develop and publish an online resource, based on a heritage treasure in their community.

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

    The science online website presents resources to support scientific knowledge and Māori knowledge about mussel biology.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Filed under: Ako | Effective Teachers

    The success of teaching and learning is founded on the quality of the relationship built between the teacher and the student.

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