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uLearn17 Conference Workshop

  • Claudelands Event Centre Hamilton (map)

Workshop: Auditing our White Spaces: Where are you at, and where do you want to be?

ABSTRACT: Recently a senior Māori student in a small, predominantly Māori secondary school asked me how she could challenge her school to provide more relevant contexts for her learning. She had insisted on studying a New Zealand writer as an alternative to Shakespeare’s Othello. She was told however, she would receive no support with the text she had selected because it was not the teacher’s choice, and was different from the chosen class text.

A secure cultural identity develops in a school when the environment and the ecosystem of the school support that development, provide opportunities for learning, practising, and normalising cultural values, and embed these in teacher and school practice. We cannot support cultural identity if we are not intentionally providing opportunities for it to develop, but where do we start? This workshop will give you tools for checking your class or your school ecosystems to deepen your thinking about critical, culturally responsive practice.
Earlier Event: October 3
National Beginning Principals' Hui
Later Event: October 13
uLearn17 Conference