In addition to speaking and PLD engagements (see Events & Speaking), I have several other initiatives under way, or coming up in the near future.
Watch this space …
Watch this space for news of Online Courses for your 2019 budget planning.
The courses will be spread over two terms in five modules designed for individual teachers or school leaders, or for groups, who want to think differently about the success and achievement of your Maori/Pasifika/Indigenous learners.
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Kia Aroha College
I am regularly working with the amazing Kia Aroha College staff, delivering ongoing modules and workshop sessions around critical pedagogy and culturally sustaining practice.
I am also working with a group of Y11-13 Kia Aroha College "Warrior Researchers" who are presented their research as Keynote Speakers at the NZARE Conference in November. Their Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) topic is investigating the impact of racism on their lives.
Give Nothing to Racism Project (Teaching Council of NZ)
The Give Nothing to Racism project will:
acknowledge that racism affects many groups of people, and has significant relevance and impact on Māori, as tangata whenua
be informed by best practice – be strengths based, future focused and optimistic
be aligned to the expected behaviours and practices set out in Our Code, Our Standards
approach uncomfortable conversations around racism through the lens of a growth mindset, creating ways for teachers to acknowledge and begin to address racism within their setting, and
increase the visibility of, and inherent importance of, cultural competency as a vital part of the teacher skill set in Aotearoa.
Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy
I was invited to participate in a group convened in Auckland, “as a leading thinker in the area of discrimination,” to contribute to the Government’s Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. As part of the Government’s commitment to reducing child poverty and enhancing child wellbeing, the Ministries of Education and Justice are co-leading the focus areas - Children are free from racism, discrimination and stigma. It was great to be able to take with me, a graduate Warrior-Scholar/Warrior-Researcher from Kia Aroha College, Kiwa Ropitini-Fairburn, to participate in this workshop and we are both looking forward to further discussion.
Principal/Senior Leadership Appraisal and Mentoring
I am really enjoying my connection with principal and senior leadership appraisal and mentoring - some well established, others newer, and some in the pipeline. My commitment to myself was to only work with principals and schools who were intent on strengthening and supporting critical, culturally sustaining pedagogy and leadership in their schools, and I'm privileged to being able to interact with this group of principals and, in some of the schools, their senior leadership teams who are certainly committed to this goal.
Manurewa High School
I am working on a long-term contract with Manurewa High School to develop cultural identity indicators for Year 9 Māori and Samoan students and working towards the school’s strategic goal of improving cultural identity.
The SAGE Handbook of Critical Pedagogies
I have been invited to contribute a chapter to The SAGE Handbook of Critical Pedagogies – “planned to be an essential benchmark publication for advanced students, researchers and practitioners across a wide range of disciplines including education, health, sociology, anthropology and development studies.” Bringing together a group of contributing authors from around the globe, the chapters will “provide a unique approach and insight to the discipline by crossing a range of disciplines and articulating both philosophical and social common themes. The chapters will be organised across three volumes and twelve core thematic sections, which include: Transnational Perspectives and Critical Pedagogy, Indigenous Perspectives and Critical Pedagogy, In Classrooms, Critical Youth Pedagogies, Critical Community Practice, and Communication, Media and Popular Culture.
My chapter is called "A Critical, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy of Whānau." The Handbook is expected to be released in 2019.
I am associated with KEA Education and enjoy the professional network and resources that Alan and the other KEA Associates provide. As the KEA website explains, "We are open to highly professional educators throughout New Zealand joining us as Associates and utilising the facilities of KEA while still “running your own show”.