Making sense of Tapasā

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About this seminar

Ia o faatasi le futia ma le umele. May the essential components, be of equal strength.

How can we engage with Tapasā in ways that enable us to integrate effective strategies into our pedagogical practices for learners of Pacific heritages?

Tapasā, a Samoan term, represents a navigation compass or journey and was developed in 2018 to build on the Pasifika Education Plan (PEP). Tapasā is a cultural competency framework and tool designed to support teachers to strengthen their cultural competence and to learn about pedagogical approaches effective for Pacific learners.

Join us to unpack ngā turu, the three competences of the framework and their relevance to your teaching and learning context.

  • Turu 1: Identities, languages and cultures
  • Turu 2: Collaborative and respectful relationships and professional behaviours
  • Turu 3: Effective pedagogies for Pacific learners

This CORE Breakfast seminar will:

  • Introduce Tapasā, its background and context.
  • Explore Ngā Turu/the competencies and ways to integrate them into planning and teaching practices.

Please bring a copy of Tapasā or download one from here.

Who is this seminar for?

Early years, primary and secondary teachers and across school leads wanting to deepen their knowledge of effective ways to work with Pacific learners.

About the workshop

In the workshop we will explore Tapasā, learn about Pacifc perspectives, values and knowledge and consider the following questions in relation to ‘what matters here’ in your context:

  • How can we engage with Tapasā in ways that enable us to integrate effective strategies into our pedagogical practices for learners of Pacific heritages?
  • How can we use the cultural values of Tapasā to design our local curriculum?
  • In what ways can we apply the Tapasā framework within the Code of Professional Responsibility?
  • Why is it important that learning environments empower Pacific learners?

Please bring a copy of Tapasā or download one from here.

Meet the presenters

Ruta McKenzie

Ruta McKenzie

Ruta McKenzie has been involved in early childhood professional development work for 15 years recently returning to CORE from a centre managers role. Ruta designed and led the Pasifika Leadership Programme in Canterbury and led the Southern Pasifika Project in Oamaru. She has been a co-researcher in a TLRI in Christchurch focusing on how young children express and develop working theories about identity, language and culture. Ruta played a vital role in the Pasifika Advisory Group and is involved in many Pacific Education networks across Aotearoa.

 

Justine Mason

Justine Mason

Justine Mason has been involved in early childhood professional development work for over fifteen years. Prior to this she was teaching and in a centre leadership role in mainstream early childhood services for 18 years. Justine co-led the Early Childhood Pasifika Leadership Programme in Canterbury and the Southern Pasifika SELO 2 programme in Oamaru, and was recently part of the project lead team for the implementing Te Whāriki Programme contracted by the Ministry of Education. Justine was also part of the leadership team for the engaging with Te Whāriki programme.

 

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Traci Sietu

Traci Sietu is an Accredited Facilitator at CORE Education who facilitates professional learning programmes across ECE, primary and secondary sectors in Auckland with recent teaching experience in Kāhui Ako. Traci is passionate about growing Pasifika leadership and supporting culturally responsive practices to provide positive experiences for learners alongside community engagement. Traci has a background in inclusive education, mentoring, spirals of inquiry and uses collaborative models to support curriculum design and leadership through innovative pedagogies.

Venue

Russley Golf Course - Christchurch

428 Memorial Avenue
Burnside

Parking information

Russley Golf course provides free parking at the entrance to the venue.