Te Whakamānawa - Culturally Responsive Practice in School Communities


Te Whakamānawa - Culturally Responsive Practice in School Communities is now  SOLD OUT.  We will look to run this programme in 2019

Aotearoa NZ is a bicultural nation and our school communities are becoming much more diverse and multicultural. This online programme will explore how our school communities might better reflect our bicultural heritage and give mana to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We will also share ways in which our pedagogy and practice work in future focused schools, as well as how our relationships with students, whānau and iwi/hapū can support the engagement and achievement of all students.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this online programme, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate your current practices and pedagogy.
  • Explore and implement practical ways in which your school might better reflect the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa.
  • Empower Māori students to achieve educational success ‘as Māori’.
  • Meaningfully engage with and create partnerships with students, whānau, iwi/hapū and the wider community.
  • Implement strategies into practice that will give mana to the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Integrate more culturally responsive practices.

Who is this for

Leaders and teachers in English Medium Schools who are seeking to improve their bicultural and culturally responsive practices, give mana to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and better engage with students, whānau and iwi/hapū.

Course format

20 week online programme divided into 5 modules (4 weeks per module):

  • Each of the five modules has a Wero (challenge presentation) for participants to create and share back.
  • Participants are also invited to reflect on each module and self assess their own progress and their school’s in relation to culturally responsive and bicultural practices.
  • There are two online webinars for each module (10 in total) for approximately one hour each.
  • Each time there is an online webinar, participants will likely have a choice of attending one of two times that week. These are likely be on a Tuesday 7.00-8.00pm or a Thursday 3.30-4.30pm.
  • We also offer a Kōrerorero session (catch up) which are optional for anyone who wants to have an informal chat about course content or the Wero. These are likely to be on a Monday 7.00-8.00pm before the challenge presentations.
  • We estimate that participants will spend approximately 3-5 hours per week to engage with the course, however where multiple staff from the same school or Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako are on the course, participants will likely work together possibly limiting the time commitment.


Module 1: Ko wai tātou? / Who are we?
Learning about, defining and sharing our own culture as teachers/leaders and as a school community.

Module 2: Ko Aotearoa tēnei / This is Aotearoa
Defining Culturally Responsive Practice. Exploring the bicultural essence of Aotearoa, New Zealand, and how school communities can reflect and enhance our bicultural heritage.

Module 3: Te eke angitu a te Māori / Māori success
Exploring how schools define and celebrate success. Defining ‘Māori Achieving Success as Māori’ and exploring opportunities for enhancing and growing Māori success for Māori students and their whānau.

Module 4: He whānau kotahi tātou / We are all whānau
Exploring effective engagement strategies for students, whānau and iwi/hapū.

Module 5: Whakamanahia Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Give mana to the Treaty of Waitangi
Exploring how school communities can give mana to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the relationship between Te Tiriti o Waitangi and future focused pedagogy and schools.


Ānaru White interviewed Sunny West, who recently completed Te Whakamānawa - Culturally Responsive Practice in School Communities in 2017, to find out her key takeaways from the programme.

"No one had to be on exactly the same pathway; we could come in at an individual place in our journey in terms of our cultural responsive practice and build on what we knew, as well as develop any new learning from the resources that were given."
- Sunny West, Deputy Principal, Leamington School



23 Jul 2018


Virtual hui times will be advised but are typically Monday - Thursday outside of school hours.


The cost is $830 per person. A discount of 20% applies for groups of 5+ people from the same school or centre.  All prices exclude GST.

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