It has been a busy start to 2018!
In January I was privileged to help organise the second visit to New Zealand by Distinguished Professor Pedro Noguera and his family, who spent time engaging with Te Tapuae o Rehua and Ngai Tahu, then came to Auckland, where Pedro and I spoke to the national Team Solutions PLD Hui at Auckland University’s Waipapa Marae. Later in that week, we were joined by Professor Antwi Akom and his family. Pedro and Antwi spoke at the Symposium on The Education of Pasifika Boys and Men, at the Auckland University Epsom Campus, hosted by NZARE Pasifika Caucus, and the Research Unit in Pacific and International Education (RUPIE). We all also acted as ‘critical friends’ providing comment on the Postgraduate research presented during the day. Pedro and Antwi have returned to California with many plans for further collaboration with Māori and Pasifika connections made during this visit, and with a promise to return. I look forward to catching up with them again in New York, and San Francisco in April, during and after AERA 2018.
Then the round of schools and communities getting ready for the start of the school year began! My thanks to the principals, teachers, and wider staff and community of Palmerston North Girls’ High School (26 Jan), The Nelson City Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako ki Whakatū (30 Jan) and the Waitomo Community of Learning|Waitomo Arotahi Kāhui Ako (5 Feb) for your hospitality, and your willingness to take on new thinking and challenges to identify White spaces in pedagogy and practice, and in our heads - to change your space for your Māori learners! I wish you all a great 2018 school year!