A suite of professional learning resources to give life to Tapasā.
Documents and online resources
Teaching Today Podcast: Nurturing Pacific culture and engaging with whānau/community
We visited Toru Fetū Kindergarten in Porirua – the first purpose-built Pacifica kindergarten in the country.
Last year they won a Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Award because of strong links with three Pacific communities: Cook Islands, Tuvalu, and Niue. Find out how the teachers nurture strong language and cultural identity in their learners and became the heart of the local community.
Throughout 2019 workshops were held nationwide, co-facilitated by leading expert Pacific teachers and the Council. These free workshops were designed to help teachers build their confidence, competence and culturally aware practice to engage successfully with Pacific learners.
While workshops are no longer available the workshops resources can be used in any setting.
Tapasā values community
Tapasā is a compass to navigate diversity
Leitu models a pathway to respectful relationships with students based on trust. He talks about respecting their ‘va’ (teu le va) and puts himself on the same level as them so that successful conversations can take place.
Tapasā supports different ways of knowing
This video shows Aurora College’s intentional practice of building strong relationships with their wider community with the resulting benefits for students’ social and academic learning. Listen to Antonio, Maleko and Oceania talk about how the course they completed strengthened their sense of connection and identity.
Tapasā builds bridges
You will hear Ragne talking about meeting the various communities that make up Porirua’s whole school community. She intentionally models herself as a learner and moves out her own comfort zone to make the connections that bring enormous benefits for her students.
Tapasā and the power of Polyfest
Edgewater College leaders and students’ show how Polyfest brings multiple layers of success; students are reinforced in their cultural identities and receive credits for their work, their families and wider communities provide their cultural knowledge to the school and relationships are strengthened all round.
Tapasā and culturally responsive pedagogy
You will hear Kathy talking about a radical change in her teaching style when she first moved to Porirua College. Listen to her talk about her learning journey.
Tapasā: giving the document life
Hear the voices of leaders encouraging us to bring the document to life, to adapt our systems and structures to foster shared knowledge and listen to the stories of the people. Leitu speaks of how the framework can identify ways of developing our practice to include the voices of all.
Tapasā supports teachers' collaboration
Hear about how Tapasā offers a Pacific learner lens on Our Code, Our Standards. Caro and Ambrose discuss how Tapasā supports collaboration between teachers to enhance learning experiences.
Tapasā: our relational past, our reciprocal future
How does Tapasā support us to recognise who we are, where we have come from and have the courage to fully participate in the learning journey? You will also hear how Te Tiriti o Waitangi provides the foundation for this engagement.
Tapasā: navigating diversity in ECE
This video discusses how Tapasā acts as a compass for everyone – not just Pacific learners. You will hear Jenny talk about positioning herself as a learner as she engages with her tamariki.
Tapasā is for everyone
This video reminds us of the incredible diversity of the Pacific nations. Tapasā is for all teachers and assists us to see how we can all support the learning and wellbeing of our Pacific students.
Tapasā releases the power of cultural capital
Listen to four teachers discuss the cultural capital that all learners bring to their learning context. Observe how the lens of Tapasā validates the experience and knowledge that all learners already possess.
Tapasā nurtures prior knowledge
You will hear Gina discussing with her team the importance of culture and making room for the diversity of knowledge, beliefs and values of the children in your classrooms/centres. Gina comments: "You don’t have to leave these things at the gate."
Tapasā responds to community voice
Hear the voices of professional leaders talk about genuine consultation with their Pacific communities. Cathy discusses the imperative of looking at the centre/school’s culture and understanding how that aligns with feedback from Pacific communities.
Tapasā supports pedagogies that value culture
In this video you will see the strategies Caro and Tessa use to build strong relationships with their learners, how they encourage collaborative practice in their classrooms and the benefits for learners of this approach.