On the 7th of December 2012 it was my pleasure to attend the Auckland Primary Principals' annual luncheon and to witness Russell Burt being presented with this award, "Fellow of the APPA". It came as a great surprise as his colleagues from the Manaiakalani Cluster of schools submitted a nomination on his behalf to acknowledge his contribution to Manaiakalani since its inception in 2006.
The submission began:
"Russell has lead the Tamaki cluster of schools since 2004 from the ICTPD cluster contract – leading to an EHSAS cluster contract and which now takes the form of the Manaiakalani Cluster project – eLearning/Digital Media pedagogies being brought to a community which had minimal computer access.
Manaiakalani has developed into an initiative that is leading the country, bringing 1:1 computer devices and free wireless internet to the Decile 1 communities of Panmure and Glen Innes. The project has developed an exemplary set of pedagogies which has brought a consistency of teacher practice in eLearning/Digital Media to a whole community...."
The video attached includes a full reading of the submission statement by his peers...
APPA from KPE TV on Vimeo.