Transforming the educational experiences of Māori, other indigenous, and minoritised learners.
“After a lifetime of education, I firmly believe the greatest barrier to each of us making change in our schools is our own thinking—which we do have the power to change.”
- Dr Ann Milne
Kia Aroha College is a Year 7-13 secondary school in Otara, South Auckland. The school’s designated-character includes bilingual learning (Māori, Samoan, Tongan) and a learning model described by the school as a “Critical, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy of Whānau.” The aim of the school is to develop “Warrior-Scholars.”
The research of students known as “Warrior-Researchers”, tutored by Dr Ann Milne, is an example of this critically conscious curriculum. Their investigations, presented at research conferences nationally, expose education policies that don’t work for them as learners in our education system. These have included schools’ misinterpreting the words, “as Māori,” challenging the Communities of Learning initiative, and currently investigating the impact of racism in their lives and in their education.
In this 2016 video clip, current and former students talk powerfully about this learning.
Video credit: Faolan Jones (International film maker of Teach For All). (2016). Warrior Scholars: Decolonising Education.
Manurewa High School (Akl)
“Ann’s guidance, advice, knowledge and researched frameworks help you to understand yourself as a leader, be aware of the critical impact you and others have on our rangatahi (young people), to then sit in spaces and unapologetically carry out the aspirations of the community you serve.
Working with Dr Ann Milne has been energising for my wairua (spirit). Her support and expertise has filled me with confidence and has no doubt transformed my leadership abilities.”
Victory School (Nelson)
“I have had the privilege to work alongside Ann over the past year in my role as a Kahui Ako/Community of Learning Lead in Nelson. Ann’s extensive pedagogical knowledge has helped develop our Theory of Improvement by challenging the educational inequity in our Nelson schools.”