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Te Kākano Part 2: Te Mātaiaho

Activities and guides to help your staff unpack Te Māitaiaho

'In the face of change, remember the wisdom of the snail—move at your own pace, but never stop moving.'

- Steve and Becca

There are some great videos and good content to watch on the MOE website around the whakapapa diagram and the beginnings of a new way of thinking. Whilst these are high quality and informative (particularly Dr. Wayne Ngata's kōrero), they don't necessarily allow the audience to be wrapped in those North-East pedagogies that will demonstrate pedagogical imagination from leaders.

To support our leaders to develop their imagination and maximise engagement Steve ad Becca will offer free impartial advice. This week we look closer at how schools can engage on a more personal level with the MOE Whakapapa diagram to make meaning for themselves.

Activity #1 Build Self-Efficay

When non-te reo Māori speakers are faced with the words of the whakapapa diagram you concentrate really hard and begin to practice your pronunciation of them, then you scan for the translation and figure that despite there being 7 components you are sure you will understand them when you find their translation. There are none. In good faith the MOE has promised to no longer give literal translations to te reo Māori words as they too have learned te ao Māori is deeper and more connected physically and spiritually than that, and each individual word may not have a direct translation as some western words are not of a kuapapa Māori sense making. Instead each concept is accompanied with a whakatauakī to help guide the concept.

24 hour for Change in Education
October 20th 2022

Featuring live interactions, master classes, inspirational talks, games, simulations, reflections, discussions, this one of the type event will be a milestone to forward a change agenda in education. All of the resources, conclusions, projects, ideas and examples of best practices will be publicly available through the 24 hours for Change in Education website and lead it to continued implementation for the future.

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Never Surrender Your Story
Leader's Connect Series
October 27th 4-5pm

Join Steve Saville and Rebecca Thomas as they lead you into a world of possibility that can enable you to respond to your community’s needs using the power of narrative pedagogy, humour and fun.

Listening to these voices will enable you to address leadership, learning and wellbeing in a way that is matched to your context; enabling all learners within the ecosystem to shine. 

Acknowledging the change process is both challenging and exhausting in our current climate Steve and Rebecca will inspire you to take action by looking inwards first.

School Ownership (Agency)

Freedom Education

Join Steve Saville and Becca Thomas from Engaging Learning Voices and gain inspirational insight into why and how a school can take ownership and express agency over change. Stop waiting for change to happen to you and start owning the change.

Teaching and Education Summit
November 9-11th


Teaching and Education Summit 2022 is an interactive event and knowledge platform for everyone involved in the field of education. The goal of #TESUMMIT2022 is to create an environment that facilitates conversations and the exchange of ideas that move the field forward, inspire collaboration, and create a bridge that connects ideas and minds from around the world.

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EducationWeek: How to elevate the voices of teachers. Try narrative Pedagogy.

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