Wednesday, March 20, 2019

PNE Kāhui Ako 2019: The Launch

Nau mai haere mai, and welcome back to 2019. Crazy to think that 20 years ago everybody was freaking out about Y2K! It was all everybody talked about - news reports covered all these crazy people getting ready for Y2K: where everything was going to shut down?

Why am I talking about this? Well, I just hope the work of the Kāhui Ako will not be like Y2K: lots of people going up and arms and then just carrying on as normal afterwards like nothing has happened. It's probably not the best, most creative analogy but there you have it.

Today we are preparing for the first launch with the new vision, and kaupapa. This is the introduction video I created to introduced the schools involved however, I hear we have more ECE Centres involved so - Nau mai haere mai to you too!

 Today we are inviting over 400 teachers and support staff from our schools to explain the "WHY" around our focus on Well-being. Dr Denise Quinlan from the Canterbury Institute for Well-being will be unpacking with our teachers the "WHY". We'll be videoing each sessions and uploading the kōrero onto youtube for future listening etc. Unfortunately, this will not be available for the public domain...

Mā ngā huruhuru ka rere te manu … It is the feathers that enable the bird to fly

Imagine the combined brains, cultures, action, teaching experiences, personal experiences of our kaiako coming together to enable our children to soar?

I believe this is the way forward for us. What can we learn from each other? What strengths can we contribute? What perspectives can we gaze from? This is an extremely exciting space. So the above graphic shows the three streams of our work: Well-being, Resilience and Collaboration / Professional Growth.

Well-Being: My main take away from this Kaupapa is if teachers LEARN it, then LIVE it, and schools EMBED it into their system structure, then in the words of Kendrick Lamar... "We 'Gon Be Alright..."

But what I'm hearing here is that our schools pay a massive part in ensuring they EMBED the culture of wellbeing. So as teachers, we need to be very clear in what we accept as normal. What we accept today becomes tomorrow's norms. Kia kaha, kia toa, kia manawanui. The Wellbeing champions or Wellbeing champion groups are in the early stages of understanding their roles and how they can lead this learning at their individual schools. To learn more about this role, you can see more here

Resilience: The Within school teacher leaders (WSTs) are also in the early stages of clarifying their roles and how they fit into the puzzle... but they have been engaging in the book Onward by Elena Aguilar. This book is all about cultivating teacher resilience: 

Just received #Onward by @brightmorningtm about Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators. A text our #kāhuiako #PNEKA (Palmerston North East Kāhui Ako) will be using a part of our focus for the next 2 years #wellbeing #hauora
— Nic Mason (@fuse711) November 21, 2018

WSTs will be part of a book study that they will then in turn lead elements of the book back at their own schools. To read more about their roles see here.

Collaboration and Professional Growth: The Across School Leaders are responsible for this stream of our work... And our emerging vision is Mā ngā huruhuru ka rere te manu … It is the feathers that enable the bird to fly.  Educators within our Kāhui Ako are the feathers and our tamariki are the birds. How strong we make our feathers together will determine how high, how far or for how long we can enable our tamariki to fly! Below is the top 5 reasons we exist:

And here is what we have decided that we are going to do:

And this is where are Learning Networks fit in. Our main purpose for this first hui will be to make connections with other teachers teaching at the same year level as you and deciding together how we want to move forward with this collaboration, based on your needs and the needs of your learners.

I aim to move slow. At a pace where relationships can flourish and collaboration may grow.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Building Trust as a leader

Kia ora koutou,

Today I underwent my first PLG for our whānau. So what's a whānau you may be asking? Well if you are reading from somewhere else other than NZ, whānau is the Māori (first peoples of New Zealand) word for family. How is it connected to Russell Street School? Well, check out this little book I made as a follow up task: