Initiatives and Connections
In addition to speaking and PLD engagements (see Where am I?), I have several other initiatives under way, or coming up in the near future.
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 Y10-13 Kia Aroha College "Warrior Researchers" who are working towards submitting a proposal to present their research at the NZARE Conference in November. Their Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) topic is investigating the government's "Communities of Learning" policy and begins with the critical questions, "Who is our community?" and "Who is defining that?"
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 responsive 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 nearing completion of an 18 month 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 Pedagogy of Whānau." Draft is due on 30 October, 2017. Final deadline is 1 December, 2017. The Handbook is expected to be released early in 2019.
The Briefing Papers
I have been asked to contribute a paper to this series. The Briefing Papers, hosted by the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) are aimed at providing the public with an overview of critical issues facing New Zealand society in the 21st century. The goal is to promote informed discussion and debate, so crucial to economic and social development, with the central question being: How is the public interest being served? I'm still thinking through my topic options - which are endless - Charter Schools, Communities of Learning, Racism in our education system, narrow definitions of success and achievement,White Privilege... so many possibilities!
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”.