Cultural awareness and Culturally Inclusive practices
What are we wanting to do?
There is a requirement on teachers to be participants not observers when it comes to using Te Reo in class but in our area, we also require knowledge and integration of our cultural narrative.
Our Kāhui Ako is in a culturally significant area and this specialness needs to be acknowledged and celebrated. Academics such as Mere Berryman and studies such as Ka Hikitia say that improvements in results for Māori occur when we:
• Integrate elements of students identity, language and culture into the curriculum teaching and learning.
• Use student achievement data to target resources for optimal effect.
• Provide early, intensive support for those students who are at risk of falling behind.
• Create productive partnerships with parents, whānau, hapū, iwi, communities and business that are focussed on educational success.
• Maintain high expectations of students to succeed in education as Māori.
For Te Kāhui Ako Kātote educators to have a responsive and inclusive pedagogy we need to:
• Build connections between homes and school.
• Be able to resist the negative stereotypes about being Māori
• Facilitate ways for learners to be strong in their Māori cultural identity.
• Have Māori culture and values celebrated at school?
• Know, accept and acknowledge the strength of working together. (Whanaungatanga)
• Ensure learners can access explicit help and direction.
• Understand that success is part of who we are and we can contribute to the success of others.
• Ensure that our curriculum, teaching and learning programmes value and include resources, contexts, activities and approaches that reflect Māori experiences and our narrative.
• Work with whānau to identify what works best for learners and incorporate changes.
• Ensure that our PLD looks at how we can develop the skills of our staff to deliver culturally responsive programmes to challenge Māori learners.
• Use our networks and expertise to share and grow the knowledge of what works to support excellent Māori learning outcomes.
• Use our networks and expertise to share and grow the knowledge around the Kaiapoi Pā importance and history to all Kāhui Ako tamariki and their whānau (We are still negotiating with personnel to provide leadership in this focus area. Leadership may be from Ngai Tahu, Ngai Tu Ahuriri Education Committee, Local Kura, Kāhui Ako across school leaders as well as personnel within our Kāhui Ako).
• Develop smooth transitions in the learning pathways for our learners.