Monday, September 3, 2012

Partnership Hui

On August 3rd we held our first annual Hui for all the partners of the Manaiakalani Programme.    The aim of the whole day event was

To bring together members of the Manaiakalani Programme to 
  • share and consolidate  work and achievements to date across all Programme workstreams
  • identify short and longer term goals
  • identify challenges and what is needed to overcome these
  • discuss and define the Programme’s strategic direction  
Around 100 people came together on the day from all our representative groups including; Boards of Trustees, Principals, Teachers, Students (high school), Hackers, Researchers, Corporate partners, Philanthropic Partners, Service providers and the Manaiakalani Education Trust.

The day began with an inspirational address by Derek Wenmoth before we got down to the business of reflection and visioning in our various work-stream groups.

The events and dialogue of the day were recorded on Google Docs and embedded in a Site which we are sharing publicly here.

Rob Munnik from our own Schools Inc was there to capture the day on video and two episodes have been shared on Schools Inc already, with one more to come.
(see embedded below)

There was complete agreement at the end of the day that the feedback most appreciated by all present was from the group of students from Tamaki College.  Many gems emerged, but a particularly poignant one came from a year 11 student who said that when he was handed his netbook this year it was the first time he had touched a computer, and now he was not only expected to learn using it but also to prepare for NCEA Level One!

While we as teachers and school leaders feel we have shouldered an enormous challenge moving our institutions into the digital age, it is easy to wrongly assume that our 'digital natives' will find this transition easy.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Agents of Change

Many of the students in the Manaiakalani Cluster come from homes where a language other than English is spoken, so at any given time a number of our teachers will be enrolled in TESSOL papers at university.

Two of our inspirational teachers, Kyla Hansell and Aireen Ah Kui from Tamaki Primary School, have been taking the same paper this semester and presented one of their assignments in the form of a video entitled "Agents of Change".

Take the time to watch this video and be inspired by how the Manaiakalani Programme can enrich and strengthen the learning of our English as a second language learners.