Using evidence for a step up - Learning from Te Kotahitanga: impact, sustainability and ongoing improvement
Nōreira, atawhaitia ngā rito, kia puāwai ngā tamariki.
Ako i ngā tamariki, kia tu tāngata ai, tātou katoa.
Therefore, cherish and nurture the shoots, so the children will bloom.
Learn from and with these children, so that we all can stand tall.
Berryman, M. (2008). Repositioning within indigenous discourses of
transformation and self-determination (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy
(PhD)). The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Te Kotahitanga was designed to support Māori succeeding as Māori across the curriculum in ‘mainstream’ schools. Led by Māori expertise, this research and professional development intervention reached 54 secondary schools and iwi and whānau between 2001 and 2013. Te Kotahitanga accelerated improvement for Māori student achievement and wellbeing, and had significant positive effects for non-Māori.
This intervention, informed by the systematic use of evidence for ongoing improvement at each stage of implementation, won a World Innovation Summit in Education Award in 2013.
Māori students spoke of the change: ‘It’s like the opposite of racism in this school’.
This feature revisits the evidence so that others can learn from and build on the lessons from Te Kotahitanga about impact, sustainability and ongoing improvement in education.
Titiro whakamuri, kokiri whakamua
Look back and reflect so we can move forward
Using evidence for a step up
Learning from Te Kotahitanga: impact, sustainability and ongoing improvement video
In this video, Dr Adrienne Alton-Lee gives a BES Hei Kete Raukura perspective on the Te Kotahitanga research and professional development intervention and what we have learnt about impact, sustainability and ongoing improvement in education.
Te Kotahitanga 2001–2013 Indigenous expertise for transformative change
The relative impact of different kinds of school-home interactions
Primary schools: A Professional Learning Community Model – Early Recommendations
Policy implications: Children are free from racism, discrimination and stigma
Revisiting what did not work in other initiatives: Unintended negative effects
The taonga of the implementation expertise in the facilitators’ theses
Leadership for educationally powerful connections: System need
Looking backwards to go forward: Learning from Phase 5 principals
Learn from and with these children so that we can all stand tall: Towards a step change
Evaluation of Te Kotahitanga Phase 5
This report analyses the impact of Te Kotahitanga Phase 5 on Māori student achievement and wellbeing and explores the design and implementation features that enabled such accelerated improvement.
It has implications for policy makers, teachers, middle and senior leaders, principals, providers of professional learning, communities, Boards of Trustees, Ministry of Education staff and other government agencies.
"[An] excellent report", "as New Zealand moves forward with Ka Hikitia, I would hope that ... the data reported in Effectiveness of Te Kotahitanga Phase 5, 2010-12 will be considered carefully" - Quality Assurance by Christine Sleeter, California State University.
Ka Hikitia A Demonstration Report: Effectiveness of Te Kotahitanga Phase 5 (2010-2012) [PDF 2mB]
Authored by Adrienne Alton-Lee. Hard copies of the BES have been reprinted and are now
available to New Zealand educators to order free from Down the Back of the Chair.
Powerpoint Presentation: Launch of Ka Hikitia: A Demonstration Report [PDF 3.9mB]
Alton-Lee, A. (2015, September).
Disciplined innovation for equity and excellence in education: Learning from Māori and Pasifika change expertise
Invited paper for the World Educational Research Association focal session: Education of Diverse Students: A Multi Country Perspective
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