Mentoring for teachers of Maori learners

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A unique induction and mentoring approach launched today will help build the confidence and expertise of beginning teachers employed in Maori-medium settings.

“Te Hapai O equips Pou Tautoko (mentor teachers) with the resources to mentor Pia (provisionally registered teachers), anchored by a Maori world-view,” said Teachers Council Director Dr Peter Lind.

“Teaching involves meeting the needs of your learners – culturally, emotionally, and intellectually.

“Quality mentoring, using a model that helps new teachers in Maori-medium settings develop the knowledge and skills required to teach learners of Maori heritage, is invaluable in their first two years,” said Dr Lind.

The model has particular relevance for kura kaupapa, wharekura, kura auraki, kura a iwi, kohanga reo, puna reo and other Maori-medium settings.

Te Hapai O was developed under contract by Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi as part of the Teachers Council’s Induction and Mentoring Pilot Programme.

“The resource provides practical tools that Maori-medium settings can use to implement an induction and mentoring programme, and includes guidance on gathering evidence and providing feedback on teacher practice.

“It also includes useful templates to support the collection of evidence towards the Registered Teacher Criteria, which Maori-medium settings can adapt to suit their teaching and learning models,” said Dr Lind.

Te Hapai O contributes to Ka Hikitia – the Government’s Maori Education Strategy which focuses on meeting the needs, aspirations and expectations of Maori.

It is also a companion resource to the Guidelines for Induction and Mentoring and Mentor Teachers, which outlines the key components of an induction and mentoring programme that all beginning teachers must complete to gain full registration.

“The Teachers Council is pleased to launch this important resource for Maori-medium education, which we intend to complement and support through a series of wananga/workshops to begin in term three,” said Dr Lind.

For more information visit http://www.teacherscouncil.govt.nz/prt/TeHapaiOindex.stm

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