At our last CoL teachers meeting, it was mentioned that many of what we are inquiring into, is not new or completely revolutionary, and we were encouraged to delve into research, articles, and past inquiries to help direct our own learning.
This is certainly true in my case. Māori achievement in New Zealand education is a highly researched topic. This is part of my issue in fact. That we have these brilliant documents, informed by brilliant people, published by the Ministry, and yet... we find ourselves still asking - what can we do to change the outcomes of our Māori students?
One such document is Ka Hikitia.
What is Ka Hikitia?
"Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017 is the Government’s strategy to rapidly change how education performs so that all Māori students gain the skills, qualifications, and knowledge they need to succeed and to be proud in knowing who they are as Māori. Too many Māori students disengage from education before they reach their full potential. - NZC, TKI
There are five key values of Ka Hikitia:
- The Treaty of Waitangi
- Māori potential approach
- Ako – a two-way teaching and learning process
- Identity, language and culture count
- Productive partnerships
What leads me to this inquiry is: growing up Māori, having up to last year, 50% of our students being Māori, believing in the fundamental principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, a desire to do the best job for my students, their whānau... Therefore it makes sense, that I underpin this inquiry with the Ka Hikitia document.
And no, it's not new, it's not revolutionary, it's an old song - Māori achievement...but there are documents available to guide us, like Ka Hikitia.
Therefore I will aim to show how I approach the five principles above. In particular Identity, language and culture count, and Ako.
Here is a video that summarises and explains a bit more about Ka Hikitia, its intention, its purpose and ways you can get started (like me!) on the journey towards turning a document from one collecting dust on your desk to becoming a living document that helps to improve your practice and student outcomes - not just for Māori students, but for all. Because it is best practice.