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Te Rā Tuatoru | Day Three

Kaihautū | Keynote speakers

Derek Wenmoth

Founder of FutureMakers, principal consultant at Tātai Aho Rau Core Education

Derek is an influential future-focused leader in our education landscape. He has advised schools and government agencies on shaping the future of education. He is driven by his belief in education as a fundamental right for all.

 Kaihanga o FutureMakers, Kaitohutohu matua o Tātai Aho Rau Core Education

He kaihautū whakaaweawe aronga wāheke a Derek i te ao mātauranga i Aotearoa. Ko ia hei kaiwhakaako, kaituhi kaupapahere hoki o mua, i akiaki ai i ngā kura me ngā tari kāwanatanga e whakaahua ana i te mātauranga o te anamata.  Ko ia tētahi o ngā kaihanga o Tātai Aho Rau Core Educationi te tau 2003 nō muri ko FutureMakers. E hihiko ana tana ngākau i tana whakapono ki te mātauranga hei whakapiki i te oranga  hei tikanga pūtake anō hoki mō te katoa.



                      Kaiwhakahihiko | Activator speakers

Michelle Johansson

Kaitiaki | CEOAko Mātātupu: Teach First NZ

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Dr Hana O’Regan

Kāi Tahu Tumu Whakarae CEO  Tātai Aho Rau Core Education

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 Ngā pekanga | Breakout sessions

Access abilities: Designing for all learners

By Jessica Grauds & Julia Parker

More students are coming to school with a varying array of abilities. And teachers are exploring new ways to not only support these learners, but to also personalise every student’s learning experience. Join us to learn about tools and resources from Apple that allow all students to explore, communicate, and create in new and powerful ways. Explore the built-in accessibility features included on every iPad, that can be customised to help diverse learners succeed.

• Hangarau Matihiko | Digital technologies and fluency.
• Inclusive learning.
• Learner agency – sharing power.


The Spiral of Inquiry and the Common Practice Model: leading deep reflection on pedagogical practice for equity.
By Rebbecca Sweeney

This workshop for all types of leaders will focus on understanding the Spiral of Inquiry framework, how you can use it to support kaiako to reflect deeply on their practice (think: professional growth cycle), and how your kura might align teacher inquiries to the emerging Common Practice Model and Curriculum Refresh. We will explore the Spiral and compare it to what your kura currently does for teacher inquiry; and we will do some great sensemaking of the emerging refresh and Common Practice Model alongside this. We’ll also ensure there is time for trouble-shooting to address the existing challenges you have with teacher inquiry (e.g. is it currently a tick box exercise for kaiako?).

• Curriculum refresh and Te Mātaiaho: the draft curriculum framework.
• Effective pedagogies.
• Leadership


Eduscape: mapping the educational landscape of Aotearoa.
By Jasmine Te Hira, Hana Tapiata

The Eduscape, or map of the education landscape, has been created from a whānau, hapū, and iwi lens, to provide a purposeful overview of the education system in Aotearoa. This tool aims to identify points of decision-making across the current education landscape, making it more transparent for ākonga and their whānau. One of the key goals of the Eduscape is to empower whānau to make informed decisions by providing them with a tool that enables them to locate dynamics and influence across the education sector in their regions. This can help to ensure that ākonga and their whānau have access to the education pathways that are most relevant and beneficial for them, based on their individual needs, interests, and aspirations. Another important aspect of the Eduscape is its recognition that the education system can often be overwhelming and dislocated from the lived realities and aspirations of our learners and their whānau. By creating a map that is specific to their needs and experiences, the Eduscape seeks to bridge this gap and create a more inclusive approach to the education system here in Aotearoa.

In addition to providing a comprehensive overview of the education landscape in Aotearoa, the Eduscape also aims to promote greater collaboration and communication between different stakeholders in the education sector, including educators, policymakers, and Māori communities. By facilitating greater understanding and dialogue, the Eduscape has the potential to drive positive change and help to ensure that the education system in Aotearoa is more equitable, inclusive, and responsive to the needs of all learners.

In summary, the Eduscape is a valuable tool that has been specifically designed to support iwi learners in navigating the education landscape in Aotearoa.

• Confronting systemic racism and bias.
• Equity capability.
• Learner agency – sharing power


Equity in action: Learnings from Māori-led global citizenship programs.
By Sarah-Kay Coulter, Luke Moss,& Carla Rey Vasquez

This discussion provides insights into Māori-led programmes to Asia 2023 that explored concepts of global citizenship. Through sharing lived experiences by those who were on the voyage, education equity in action is demonstrated. The talk showcases what happened when whānau, hapū, and Manapou ki te ao - Education New Zealand came together to collaborate and strategically align goals. It is a significant milestone in the development of global citizenship for Māori, as what is shared is a rich tapestry of learning experiences that provide insight into developing Indigenous-to-indigenous relationships, research on Bamboo construction, and participation in a global learning network of educators at The Green School. All ideas have been brought back to Aotearoa, New Zealand, to ensure that Māori are reconsidered as globally connected learners living in a highly mobilised world, and meaningful collaboration ensures the opportunity to remain true to the values, ethics, and philosophies of te ao Māori.

• Equity capability.
• Leadership.
• Partnerships for equity – whānau, iwi and community.


How to develop the 5 core competencies – all ākonga need to achieve at the highest levels in mathematics.
By Alexandra Laurie

What makes advanced learners perform differently from their peers, and is it possible for all ākonga? Studies conducted in top-performing nations in mathematics found that there are 5 attributes that advanced learners possess, making them outperform their peers. We call them the 5 core competencies. Join us for this interactive and practical workshop to discover what these 5 attributes are and how we can help all ākonga develop them during maths lessons. It doesn’t matter what mathematical content your class is covering, as long as your lesson is designed to develop these 5 things, then your learners will always be growing as mathematicians!

• Effective pedagogies.
• Ending Streaming.
• Inclusive learning


Increasing curriculum opportunities and learner capability.
By Jenni Hammonds, Sara Field, Tewaiehu Savage

Gain insight into how schools can increase access to a range of learning opportunities, as well as bolster ākonga agency, digital confidence, and capabilities. Equitable student access to a wide range of different learning areas and levels presents a challenge for many schools. The kaupapa of Kōtui Ako is to provide equitable educational opportunities within and across schools and kura for all ākonga through online learning. Our eTeachers collaborate and share expertise with students from many schools/kura. Learners across the primary and secondary sectors engage in a diversity of learning experiences. Primary-age learners can be involved in whole-class programmes with their teacher or individually join with learners from other schools. Secondary-age learners can access a wide range of NCEA level programmes to suit their learning/qualification pathway.

This presentation will:

• Explain how schools can be involved with Kōtui Ako.
• Showcase the wide range of learning experiences available to learners.
• Highlight how schools can provide essential curriculum areas and meet the diverse needs of learners via online learning.
• Illustrate ways students develop digital skills, agency, and self-management.
• Give examples of how schools in a range of contexts have supported their ākonga through Kōtui Ako.
• Equity capability.
• Learner agency – sharing power.
• New Zealand Curriculum (curricula)

Science Alive mātauranga – free STEAM learning for Aotearoa.
By Lauren Moir

Explore Science Alive Mātauranga – a free resource focusing on Science, Innovation, and Technology, with an emphasis on integrating te reo Māori and Mātauranga Māori throughout each lesson. Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōnā te ao – The bird who feasts on knowledge, theirs is the world. The collaboration between Science Alive Charitable Trust and Education Perfect aims to provide equitable access to culturally responsive STEAM learning for all kura and tamariki. This hands-on session will introduce you to a range of lessons, investigations, and community impact projects that provide ākonga the opportunity to engage with voices and perspectives across Aotearoa and the world. Ākonga explore Te Taiao, our natural wonders here in Aotearoa through mātauranga tuku iho (knowledge passed down), then dive into the STEAM Pāsifika module, becoming inspired by the journeys and mahi of our tagata Pāsifika. Science Alive Mātauranga is a carefully curated collection of inclusive resources which aim to engender hope in the students and teachers of Aotearoa. As well as learning about the history and stories of our people and whenua, students are encouraged to be innovative and creative and play their part in addressing challenges in their communities. Throughout the session, you will have the opportunity to experience the power of the Education Perfect platform from both a student and teacher perspective as we unpack resources that can be immediately implemented in your classroom.

This presentation will leave you feeling empowered to facilitate inclusive and meaningful STEAM learning for all tamariki.
• Effective pedagogies.
• Learner agency – sharing power.
• Equity capability.


Learner agency and engagement:How and who measures it? Sharing a collaborative inquiry.
By Jana Benson, & Bob Miller

Delegates will learn about the collaborative inquiry process, the six capabilities of an agentic learner, and key insights that have been collected across thousands of Year 4 - 8 learners. Teachers continue to inquire into what is working and, more importantly, what is not. They are able to easily get snapshot data of who is engaged in the learning. Delegates will walk away with key questions for their context and understand the importance of having a shared definition and understanding of the word “agency,” and why it is important. This work has been published as a doctoral thesis.

This session shares:

• A process for developing a measure for agency and engagement as a part of a collaborative inquiry.
• The six capabilities of an agentic learner.
• Emerging insights into data.
• What this means for teachers and engaged learners.

Learning outcomes:

• An overview of a collaborative inquiry process.
• Possibilities for further expanding work in your context and relating it to Graduate Profiles or Local Curriculum.
• Learn about the six capabilities of an Agentic Learner.
• The importance of a shared understanding - Defining what it is and why it is important.
• How teachers are inquiring into Agency Data and what this means for their teaching.
• How to assess which learners are engaged in learning.
• Learner agency – sharing power.


Leaders for education – Collaborating for impact.
By Chris Sullivan, Ellie Sutton

Dale and Ellie will present a workshop that shares how Springboard uses its unique cross-sector model to achieve its vision of “Strong Strategic Leaders - Thriving tamariki mokopuna.” In this workshop, we will share insights from our network of principals about how their strategic leadership has evolved through working with stakeholders and partners. We will also share our latest insights about the opportunities and challenges facing school principals, middle, and aspiring leaders. We know that great leaders make great schools, and so we want to share some of what we have learned with them about how to build strategic leadership capability. We will also share several practical tools that are effective in building effective collaboration with a range of stakeholders. Participants will have the opportunity to apply them in their contexts and take them away to use in their schools.

• Leadership.
• Equity capability.
• Partnerships for equity – whānau, iwi and community.


He haerenga tā tātou kātoa – Everyone has a journey.
By Jen Bennett

Jen takes the audience on a journey of colonisation and decolonisation through her own ancestry | whakapapa, using her pepeha to illustrate and connect her own story as Tauiwi to Aotearoa, New Zealand through Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Through time, contexts, stories, history, and generations, she explores the roots and ramifications of racism and inequities, and distils legislation that has contributed to the present-day inequities within the education system. Through this unapologetic but optimising presentation, she challenges Tangata Tiriti to step forward and step up, and reflects on how everyone can position themselves to take on invitations to conscientise, change, lead change, and sustain change in organisations and deep within themselves. This presentation emphasises the importance of unrelentingly committing to understanding our own identity, and our connection, relationships and responsibilities through Te Tiriti o Waitangi, as well as the impacts of the true-facts of colonisation, so that we can lead and be the generational change we need to see.

• Equity capability.
• Confronting systemic racism and bias.
• Identities, languages and cultures


Weaving ancient knowledge with new technologies: Unlocking diversity in tech through teaching AR content creation for cultural storytelling.
By Amber Taylor, Ben Kanobi

Welcome to ARA Journeys, where we’re passionate about helping young individuals discover creative tech professions and share their unique voices in the field. We work closely with iwi and schools to bring local narratives to life. We aim to guide students from Years 4 to 13 through a step-by-step process of creating augmented reality art. In this presentation, we’ll thoroughly examine the Tuwhiri in Schools programme. We focus on how students can use new and emerging technologies to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the history, customs, and traditions of the Māori communities that have occupied their regions for centuries.
We will also highlight the importance of establishing respectful and cooperative relationships between Māori and non-Māori individuals. Additionally, we’ll discuss how teachers can learn appropriate ways to engage with mana whenua to build stronger relationships and promote positive social change. Finally, the Tuwhiri in Schools learning outcomes will be examined in detail, emphasising how this programme can help students explore their creativity and develop their technical skills while better understanding the world around them. By weaving Māori histories and viewpoints with modern technology, educators can create more inclusive, culturally aware, and exciting learning opportunities for their students. Join us in improving our learning environments and creating a supportive setting for success!

• Hangarau Matihiko | Digital technologies and fluency.
• Inclusive learning.
• Mana ōrite mō te Mātauranga Māori.


Authentic Leadership.
By Gae Thawley & Ruta McKenzie

With a focus on authentic leadership, two experienced leaders will share their stories and strategies to strengthen leadership, teaching and ākonga support linked to the NELP’s objective 3. Quality teaching and leadership.

With many years experience as a leader working with both Pacific and palangi leaders and kaiako, Ruta shares her wealth of knowledge in an engaging and relatable way. She brings leadership to life through Pacific values and storytelling. Gae will share leadership thinking and strategies gained from her many years of experience in leadership roles and by using resources in Te Whāriki Online (soon to be housed in Tāhuhu, the new Ministry of Education curriculum resources platform).

The interactive nature of the workshop allows for active engagement and collaboration among participants. They can share their own experiences, reflect on their values, exchange ideas, and learn from one another. This creates a dynamic learning environment that fosters growth and development.

A fai ia vave e o’o i lou va’a alo na’o oe. Ai fia tulimamao lou va’a i le taunu’uga tatou aloalo fa’atasi | If you want to go fast go alone, but if you want to go far go together.

• Leadership.
• Effective Pacific pedagogies.
• Te Whāriki.

Time Table Day 3

 8.00am onwards

Registration opens


Exhibition Hall opens

 8.30am – 9.30am

Aratini | Pathway 6
Whakahihiko | Activator sessions and Pekanga | Breakout sessions

 9.30am – 9.45am

Hīkoi - walking/travel break

 9.45am – 10.45am

Aratini | Pathway 7
Whakahihiko | Activator sessions and Pekanga | Breakout sessions

 10.45am – 11.30am

Paratina | Brunch

 11.30am – 1.00pm

Conference closing