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Alana Madgwickalanamadgwick@gmail.comalanamadgwick.wikispaces.comaccelerating Pasifika Achievement

1We sink or swim together

Welcome, welcome..Talofa lava, Bula vinaka, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Fakalofa lahi atu, tena koutou katoa and warm pacific greetings.My name is Alana Madgwick I am not an expert- what I am is relentless in my pursuit of equitable outcomes for Pasifika students.OHS2So'o le fau i le fauTranslation: Join the hibiscus fibre to hibiscus fibre; Unity is strength.


Find someone you dont know very well and share 2 connections you have to anything Pasifika.4Connections: In groups of four, use the post-its to write down three places that have meaning to you. Use one post-it per place. If you have been to the Pacific please add this to your places.Share your places with your group.




The focus is on accelerating literacy and numeracy achievement and gaining NCEA Level 2 qualifications

Goals Targets Actions 1. Pasifika school leavers are academically and socially equipped to achieve their goals.2. Pasifika learners excel in literacy and numeracy and make effective study choices that lead to worthwhile qualifications.3. Pasifika parents, families and communities engage with schools in supporting their childrens learning.85% of year 1-10 Pasifika learners will meet literacy and numeracy expectations, including 85% achieving at or above in National Standards across years 1-8, by the end of 2017.85% of Pasifika 18 year olds to achieve NCEA Level 2 in 2017.The number of all Pasifika school leavers leaving with NCEA Level 1 literacy and numeracy to increase from 80% in 2010 to 95% in 2017.The number of Pasifika school leavers with University Entrance to increase to achieve parity at least with all other school leavers in 2017.Focused programmes in targeted schools to increase and accelerate Pasifika achievement.PLD and tools to increase capability and competencies.Provide alternative learning opportunities, choice, pathways, better transitions.Improve the provision of information to PFC, better engagement Youth GuaranteeStrengthen accountability processes. Boards of Trustees being Pasifika capable.

6Co-construct the principles of effective instruction for Pasifika Students.

A principle is a rule or law e.g. Effective teachers of Pasifika students activate Pasifika students prior knowledge

During the day use post-its to brainstorm the principles of effective instruction for Pasifika students

At the end of the day you will decide on the 7 most important principles of effective instruction for Pasifika students. (We may do a group reflection prior to the end of the day)

Why is it better to co-construct these principles with you rather than tell you?

7Professional readings on Pasifika Learners

Summary of Findings from the evaluation of the Effective Literacy Strategies: Pasifika Focus professional development project (2007)

ERO Report on Improving Education Outcomes for Pacific Learners (2012)

Literature review on the experiences of Pasifika learners in the classroom ( 2008)

Tulai Mai! Making a Difference to Pasifika Student Achievement in Literacy (2012)

Ua Aoina le Manogi o le Lolo: Pasifika Schooling Improvement Research - Summary Report (2010)

What are the issues identified from research?I also collect a lot of student voice in my schools and do lots of teacher observations89

CultureWhen you visit a different country-cultural differences are explicit.

Think about one experience where you noticed you had a cultural perspective (lens) that was different from others.What happened?How did you feel?

Hibiscus represents- hope, natural beauty, joy, parts to it- that represent my family- before and now. The stamen is my rock- that is my family. It is also dependent on things to grow- reading, connections, honesty and hope10Talanoa PrinciplesThis is a process where meaning is found within the notion of sharing stories.Tala - is to talk, share, reflect, debate Noa nothing, openThe talanoa concept is an inviting, safe, robust and equitable basis from which participants share and engage with one anotherWithin such an envrionment the principles of faaaloalo (respect), alofa (love), tautua (service), mafana (warmth) and malie (joy) are established.

Vocabulary strategy: Cline

Clines are gradients used to help learners refine their knowledge of words describing a similar attribute, or shades of meaning. Any group of words which might be placed in order are spaced along the gradient. For example, in English we use a range of words to describe temperature, eg. tepid, hot, boiling, cool, cold, warm, chilling, and freezing. After modelling the task, these words can be given to groups of students to place on the cline from the highest to the lowest temperature

Examples from MAP class- tessalations/Marae visit.Mother came.12

Task:1. Individually draw a gradient on a piece of paper then decide on where you think the following words might be placed: culturally sensitive culturally deficit culturally aware culturally responsive2. In pairs share your clines and see if you can come up with a joint cline.3. When in agreement- come and get some definitions of those words-then go back to your cline and decide if you (as a pair) want to rearrange those words?

Culturally Deficit When teachers form low expectations of students based on a perceived lack of intellect or cultural sophistication, these expectations become a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy, and student performance falls (Villegas, 1991). Culturally aware is the ability to look outside of ourselves and be aware of the cultural values, and customs of the culture we are in. What may be normal and acceptable to us, may be unusual or unacceptable in another culture. Culturally sensitive is the quality of being aware and accepting of other cultures. A person who is culturally sensitive is aware that there could be differences between their culture and another persons, and that these differences could affect their relationship and the way they communicate with each otherCulturally ResponsiveA pedagogy that acknowledges, responds to, and celebrates fundamental cultures offers full, equitable access to education for students from all cultures.Culturally Responsive Teaching is a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students' cultural references in all aspects of learning.Some of the characteristics of culturally responsive teaching are:

High ExpectationsPositive relationships with families & communities3. Cultural sensitivity-reshaped curriculum4. Active teaching methods5. Teacher as facilitator6. Student control of portions of the lesson7. Instruction around groups and pairs,(low anxiety)

17What are Pasifika values?Brainstorm what you think are Pasifika values?Use your Pasifika Education Plan to find the Pasifika values.What is suprising?How do these values impact on your teaching?

Quote ball with Michelle JohanssonWhat aspects of culturally responsive pedagogy were modelled for you?Literacy & Language? (Say it, hear it, use it)Teaching with Poverty in mind? (Exercise, growth mind set)teaching with poverty in mindSupport for the whole childHard dataAccountabilityRelationship buildingEnrichment mind-setStrong Arts & Athletics programmeHigh challenge with high support

Eric Jensen- Teaching with Poverty in Mind- 2009Seven principles for evidence-based teaching (GEOFF PETTY)Students must see the value of learningStudents must believe they can do itChallenging goalsFeedback and dialogue on progress towards the goalEstablish the structure of information and so its meaningTime and repetitionTeach skills as well as content

So'o le fau i le fauTranslation: Join the hibiscus fibre to hibiscus fibre; Unity is strengthOn your petal write one action that you will do because of todays learning.

22References: the Secondary Literacy online mailing list)

Hoover, Klingner, Baca, Patton, 2008. Methods for Teaching Culturally and linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners , Pearson Ohio.

Petty G. 2009. Evidence-Based Teaching, Nelson Thornes London23