Initiatives and Connections
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 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. Subscribe to my Newsletter below, or contact me, for updates.
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 presenting 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
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”.