Let's talk about supporting Māori aspirations

What part do our kaiako play when it comes to supporting Māori aspirations, inside and outside of the classroom? The MoE have defined this as one of the domestic trends for 2021 – so let’s talk about it!

This event happened on Tuesday 15th June, 2021

Why do we need to talk about it?

Every term, The Mind Lab hosts another online session in our popular “Let’s talk about” series. Previous topics include blended learning, real-world learning and connection & collaboration. These topics are always chosen based on student and educator insight, as well as trends identified by the Ministry of Education. Below is a snippet of why we picked this topic, or read this article to get the full picture.

In 2018, Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | The Ministry of Education published this Statement of Intent 2018-2023. The statement details how they plan to deliver on their purpose to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes. “Supporting Māori aspirations” was identified as a domestic trend for 2021.

Supporting Māori aspirations – The Treaty of Waitangi requires the Crown to work in partnership with Māori and to support Māori aspirations. We know the education system is uniquely placed to reflect and support Māori aspirations.

But what does this mean for teachers and educators in Aotearoa? What tangible actions, strategies and frameworks can we learn from and implement in our schools, to actually support aspirations of Māori.

Let’s talk about it. 

Structure of the session

The session will be facilitated by two of our expert educators at The Mind Lab:

  • Dr David Parsons, National Postgraduate Director
  • Te Mihinga Komene, Pou Ārahi

The one hour session will be broken down as follows:

  • Presentation and research from Dave and Te Mihinga
  • Discussion / breakout activity
  • Interview with Rāhera Kuka, teacher in the Māori immersion unit at Bethlehem School and graduate of The Mind Lab’s Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning
  • We’ll also stay online from 6:30pm-7:00pm for those who wish to connect or have a more informal discussion with us and other attendees

Join us for an evening of reflection, sharing, and inspiring insights from The Mind Lab.

This free session is designed for

Meet the speakers

Dr David Parsons, National Postgraduate Director at The Mind Lab
Te Mihinga Komene, Pou Ārahi at The Mind Lab
Rāhera Kuka, Kaiako at Bethlehem School & Alumni of The Mind Lab
Lisa Whittington-Slater, Outreach Manager for The Mind Lab

The details

  • Tuesday 15th June, 2021
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm
  • Free online session

What is 'Digital & Collaborative Learning'?

The Mind Lab’s most popular programme is a postgraduate certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning. This is a part-time course delivered over 35 weeks. Find out more about the programme and if you’re eligible for a full scholarship here.