During our full staff meeting tonight we discussed the school-wide procedure for Priority learners (PL) and the Tataiako Cultural competencies for teachers of Maori Learners. This can be seen in the agenda items here.
- ERO defines priority learners as;
“groups of students who have been identified as historically not experiencing success in the New Zealand schooling system. These include many Māori and Pacific learners, those from low socio-economic backgrounds, and students with special education needs”. (ERO, Aug, 2012).
At Orewa College we identify who our Priority Learners are by there ethnicity on Kamar. My example of the Priority Learners and notes on them is attached here. In this doc, I have firstly identified my PL and then written some short statements on how they learn. Following from this I have had PL meeting with each of these students on their goals and how they learn. This is outlined in the “Priority Learners at Orewa College” doc.
2) The Education Council explains Tātaiako as the following:
“Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners is about teachers’ relationships and engagement with Māori learners and with their whānau and iwi. Designed for teachers in early childhood education (ECE) services and in primary and secondary schools, it will support your work to personalise learning for, and with, Māori learners, to ensure they enjoy educational success as Māori.”(https://educationcouncil.org.nz/sites/default/files/Tataiako.pdf).
Each Professional Learning Group (PLG) was assigned a different a competency and then had to fill in their section on a Google Doc. The attached document is summary together based the groups’ responses to thier Tataiako Competency which the specific things that teachers can do to increase Maori student engagement and maximise chances of them achieving to higher standards. plg2-summary-kahikitiastrategies