The kaupapa (theme) for the teachers’ professional learning and development day was Te Tiriti o Waitangi. There was a morning workshop for all teachers facilitated by Rachael Tuwhangai, followed by the afternoon spent in faculties discussing and planning for the development of this kaupapa and the integration into learning programmes for 2020.
Rachael is a former University lecturer in Teacher Education, Prison Education Manager and School Teacher. She now works as the Managing Director of MAPSS, focusing on Teacher PLD, Evaluation and Research, Online Language Teaching and Assessment, Digital Technologies including App Development and Board Directorships. Rachael is also a New School Build Governance Facilitator, which involves supporting Boards of Trustees through the New School Build Process. Rachael is a fluent speaker of Te Reo Māori.
Teachers had the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi from a historical context (‘The Past’), how Te Tiriti o Waitangi is included in our current practices (‘The Present’), and the commitment to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi into ‘The Future’ to enable equity and excellence1. Teachers engaged in collaborative sense-making about the implications of Te Tiriti o Waitangi for teaching and learning and began planning to integrate this into teaching and learning programmes for 2020.