Supporting schools and teaching
Te Āwheonui, Centre for Professional Learning and Development, is a team of ex-teachers, researchers and accredited facilitators able to provide targeted professional learning and development (PLD) to schools, kura and Kāhui Ako.
Te Āwheonui is focussed on developing the potential of educators, students and whānau. Our team is committed to supporting schools, kura and Kāhui Ako to realise the vision of Ka Hikitia – Māori students enjoying and achieving educational success as Māori. We operate from a core understanding that the best PLD is resolutely transformative, collaborative, strengths based and is focussed on the needs of our students. We draw on Kaupapa Māori and Culturally Responsive and Relational Principles of practice, and use whakawhanaungatanga as a foundation for purposeful relationships with schools and educators we work alongside.
What we do
We work alongside Kāhui Ako, schools, principals, BOTs, senior and middle leaders, teachers, whānau, hapū and iwi to realise the goals of Ka Hikitia while supporting the needs of all learners: adults and students.
Some examples of how we can support you to lift achievement in National Priority Areas are:
- Building cultural responsive and relational pedagogy at multiple levels
- Building leadership capability to identify key drivers within your school that enable equity and excellence
- Supporting leaders and teachers to build coherency throughout the systems, structures, pedagogy and practices within schools
- Building capability to work with parents, family/whānau as partners in the learning process
- Developing and holding high expectations of leaders, teachers and students as learning partners
- Building capability of senior and middle leaders and teachers to observe and facilitate open to learning conversations about growth and next steps
- Building teacher capability in facilitating inclusive learning environments for all students
- Building capability to work with and support accelerated achievement for students
- Growing teachers’ and leaders’ capacity to collect, analyse, interpret and respond to a wide range of data including student and whānau voice.
- Growing teachers’ and leaders’ capability to understand and develop agency
- Provide expert partners who can enact strong methodologies to grow relational, evaluative and improvement capabilities within Kāhui Ako
How we do it
Our approach is based on Kaupapa Māori and Culturally Responsive and Relational Principles of practice. We work alongside teachers, leaders and principals to co-construct coherent PLD plans based on their own school’s evidence and what we know works for Māori students. We believe in the strong interconnection of the Why, the How and the What as a framework for supporting schools to maximise the potential for all learners.
Culturally Responsive and Relational Pedagogy
- Relationships of care and connectedness are fundamental (whanaungatanga)
- Power is shared and learners have the right to equity and self determination (mahi tahi, kotahitanga)
- Culture counts, learners’ understandings form the basis of their identity and learning (whakapapa)
- Sense-making is dialogic, interactive and ongoing (ako)
- Decision-making and practice is responsive to relevant evidence (wānanga)
- Our common vision and interdependent roles and responsibilities focus on the potential of learners – Māori students achieving and enjoying educational success as Māori – (kaupapa)