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Impact stories 2014

Impact stories 2014


Based on work within schools and kura, we have developed a series of brief stories about our leaders and teachers as they increase positive outcomes for their students. Below is a selection of the stories from throughout 2014. The rest of our project update and infographics can be viewed under the Impact tab.




Te reo Māori in English-medium schools professional learning and development


Poipoia te Reo facilitators provide professional learning and development to support the teaching and learning of ‘te reo Māori in English-medium schools’. Our work in schools is underpinned and driven by a vision, namely:  'Poipoia te reo, hei reo e ora ana, e kaha ana, e haumako ana' - Secure the future of te reo Māori as a living, dynamic and rich language’. Check out the snapshots of the progress three schools have made and the associated impact for the continued growth of te reo Māori in these schools. READ MORE >>>  


Taking up the leadership challenge at Cobham School


Tu Rangatira challenges leaders to commit to ensuring an education that nurtures mokopuna to realise their full potential as Maori. Through Leadership and Assessment PLD, school principal Jane Portman has examined her leadership practices and then taken a journey to grow a professional way of being. READ MORE >>> 



Community engagement - a critical factor for success with Gifted and Talented students


This progress story illustrates how schoolwide capability for gifted and talented education (GATE) was developed using a culturally responsive and inclusive approach to change. Integral to this approach was the identification of needs, and the co-construction of learning to best meet these needs, within the local school community. READ MORE >>>


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Te Marautanga o Aotearoa at Te Kura o Herewini


Te Marautanga o Aotearoa facilitators worked alongside kaiako to locate them and their practice in ako, mana, motuhake and kotahitanga. When kaiako were inspired, motivated and understood the vital role they have in curriculum design, development and implementation, it led to increased levels of effective practice. As a result, their effective practice raised akōnga achievement, by meeting their learning needs. READ MORE >>>


Impact of Mathematics PLD on priority learners


During 2013, the mathematics facilitation team worked across the North Island in 103 schools. The mathematics PLD provided tailored support that focused on accelerated achievement in mathematics for all students and in particular Māori and Pasifika students. Our data indicates that achievement was accelerated for 91% of Pasifika students and 84% of Māori students in years 1-8.  READ MORE >>>




Edmonton embarks on NZC Voyage


NZC facilitators inspired school leaders of 24 schools throughout 2014 to take teachers on a learning journey, engaging both students and whānau in the process, as they explored and unpacked the front part of the NZC and deliver their own unique school curriculum. At Edmonton School, the whole community came together to make their school vision a reality.  READ MORE >>> 


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The impact of the Enabling e-Learning community groups in the VLN


After joining the Virtual Learning Network, Josie Woon began contributing to e-learning related discussions across the VLN, including the Enabling e-Learning community groups - to further her own professional learning. This resulted in; shifts in her own teacher practice, improved learning outcomes for her students and changes in the practice of others - within and beyond her school. READ MORE >>> 


VPLD: Developing a Future-focussed model of PLD


As a result of the mentorship and participation in the virtual professional learning and development (VPLD) initiative, two teachers have transformed their practice to significantly impact on student engagement and well-being.  READ MORE >>>


Making a difference



Programmes for students in Māori Medium


During April, 2014, Programmes for Students (P4S) in Māori medium settings was launched. This programme was designed to help those students who need individual or small group support in addition to effective classroom teaching. These akōnga need accelerated learning to help reach their potential through Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. READ MORE >>> 


Literacy teachers talkingCelebrating transformational shifts in teacher practice and student achievement in Literacy 


One-to-one conversations with teachers, with facilitators and middle leaders, and learning conversations within small professional learning groups, has brought transformational shifts in teacher capability, confidence, discourse and student achievement. READ MORE >>>





Specialist teaching


Specialist Teaching facilitators support wharekura (Y9-13) to provide opportunities for ākonga to make clear choices towards career pathways through responsive teaching and learning programmes that improve learning and accelerate achievement for ākonga using Te Marautanga o Aotearoa or the New Zealand Curriculum.  READ MORE >>>


Students on computers

Preparing the next generation of school principals


The National Aspiring Principals' programme (NAPP) is making significant strides in developing potential principals and the influence of the programme is rapidly increasing. 48% of new principals in 2014 have completed NAPP prior to winning the position.  READ MORE >>>


Science in primary schools: developing teacher confidence and capability


Te Toi Tupu science PLD programme is successfully engaging teachers and schools in Science education. Schools are finding that teacher knowledge and confidence can be improved to enable powerful teaching not only in Science, but in other areas of the curriculum as well. READ MORE >>>


 Mahi Tahi



Hereora: Collaborate, Inquire, Aspire - beginning a journey as a community of schools & early childhood services


The Hereora cluster of six schools and three early childhood services in Christchurch improved collaborative practices using Spirals of Inquiry and frameworks for future focused education, transformation and collaboration. The cluster were successful in identifying common needs across sectors, setting cluster goals and developing a vision. The inclusion of the perspectives of learners and teachers in this process was integral to building a cluster focus that is owned and driven by everyone.  READ MORE >>> 


Literacy teachers talkingSupporting Learning Community Clusters in Southern Learning with Digital Technologies programme


A focus of facilitation in the LwDT South Region is supporting Learning Community Clusters to develop and implement professional learning goals for their member schools. Learning Community Clusters (LCC) are made up of schools from across the primary, intermediate, and secondary sector, generally from the same geographic area. READ MORE >>>


 Te Rangitukutuku/Māori Medium e-Learning Planning Framework 


“Ko tō ringa ki ngā rākau ā te Pākehā, hei ara mō tō tīnana”

The Māori medium eLearning Planning Framework (MMeLPF), like its tuakana document, the eLearning Planning Framework (eLPF) is a self review tool to gauge a kura/schools current e-capability position. This allows evidence to be gathered around their current e-learning practice.  READ MORE >>>





Hei PakiTUKI mō ngā whakangungu reo Māori


Here is the PakiTUKI - a story of impact. “Tēnā mā te ako e taea ai te whakaako” is a saying loosely interpreted as, “Through learning comes the ability to teach”. PakiTUKI is about the reciprocity of teaching and learning, building relationships, honoring expertise, growing capacity and nurturing sustainability for the benefit of the tamariki. READ MORE >>>     


Students on computers

Collaborative PLD facilitation across Mathematics and LwDT


Two facilitators from different projects found that they were working in the same school. They worked collaboratively to ensure cohesion and maximum benefit from the PLD for the school.  READ MORE >>>




Te Toi Tupu consortium currently provides professional learning and development programmes for the Ministry of Education in the areas of Literacy, Leadership and Assessment, Learning with Digital Technologies, Gifted and Talented, New Zealand Curriculum, Maths, Pāngarau, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and te reo Māori.