In every generation there are some of us who excel in an ever-widening range of activities. We see evidence of this wherever we look today. We know that we are capable of achieving in many fields of endeavour.
Underlying these achievements is the firm belief that the base that we leap from into the future is founded upon: being bilingual and bicultural; commitment to our country; pride in our heritage; and at the same time being open to the challenges of the world.
Sir Sidney Mead, He Kākano kaumatua
The project team has developed a collaborative approach that combines the strengths of two institutions: the Centre for Māori Educational Research in the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato and the Indigenous Leadership Centre at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiarangi. As a group we adopt the collective name Te Awe o ngā Toroa (The Feather of the Albatross), given by our kaumatua Sir Sidney Mead (Hirini Moko Mead).
What is He Kākano?
He Kākano is a strategic school-based professional development programme with an explicit focus on improving culturally responsive leadership and teacher practices to ensure Māori learners enjoy educational success as Māori. The strategic intent of the project is to improve the emotional, social, cultural and academic outcomes of Māori children.
What does the strategy and programme aim to do?
The aim of this project is also to support school leaders of up to 100 secondary schools to support and enhance the social and cultural conditions necessary to bring about change for Māori students. The project team recognises the will to meet the needs of Māori learners. The programme aims to to work with school leaders to find the way to effect change that is culturally ad contextually responsive.