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Te Mana Kōrero

Te Mana Kōrero is a series of three professional development packages and facilitated workshops.

These professional development packages draw on the evidence that show what is working for Māori students, from programmes such as Te Kotahitanga and Te Kauhua.

Each of these successful professional development programmes is based on important Māori concepts or principles:

  • ako – effective and reciprocal teaching and learning relationships where everyone is a learner and a teacher
  • manaakitanga – the care for students as culturally located people above all else
  • mana motuhake – the care by teachers for the academic success and performance of their students
  • whakawhanaungatanga – the nurturing of mutually respectful and collaborative relationships between all parties around student learning.

The content and video resources you will find on these pages are taken from Te Mana Kōrero Online, developed to help school leaders and teachers address and meet the goals of Ka Hikitia: Managing for Success: The Māori Education Strategy 2008–2012 (Ministry of Education, 2008-2009).

  1. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Ako | Effective teachers

    At Hiruharama School, the process of learning is expressly communicated to all the students, and they are the primary communicators of their learning to whānau. (Extract from ‘Te ManaKōrero: Relationships for Learning’, 2007).

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

    Culturally responsive learning contexts are those where the learner can bring their own experiences into the classroom context. (Extract from ‘Te ManaKōrero: Relationships for Learning’, 2007).

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

    The video clips for Te Mana Kōrero focus on the need to build, and sustain, strong and effective school-whānau partnerships, in order to raise Māori student achievement. Such partnerships are characterised by both parties respecting and valuing each other's perspectives and contributions.

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