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Pasifika Success

PLD inventory for schools

Design elements

Target for support (strengths and needs)

The aim of this PLD is to raise achievement for Pasifika and ensure teaching is responsive to Pasifika, focused on achievement, and situated within sound evidence and pedagogical knowledge. 

Expected outcomes

General description of the services to be provided

This PLD programme will enhance and promote the social and cultural conditions necessary to bring about educational change for Pasifika students by focusing on:

  • Pasifika identities, languages, and cultures
  • student engagement
  • community partnership
  • Pasifika achievement
  • Pasifika success
  • shared responsibility between teachers, schools, and boards of trustees (BOTs)
  • effective school responsiveness to Pasifika learners.

Each Pasifika Success contract is intended to contribute to the knowledge base about what teaching and learning practices make the most difference for achievement for Pasifika learners.

Delivery design (who, how long, interactions)

Pasifika Success PLD will involve a commitment of a minimum of one year and includes:

  • working with the local regional Ministry of Education to identify schools
  • undertaking a fine grained analysis in collaboration with schools.

Explicitly report data gathered and analysed in relation to Pasifika students and their achievement.

How will the support contribute to classroom practice (tier1) and school capability?

All PLD focused on Pasifika Success is intended to change teaching, leading, and learning practices to raise the achievement of Pasifika learners, at the classroom and whole-school level.

How will the support contribute to building educationally powerful relationships with parents, whānau/family, hapu, iwi, and community?

Pasifika Success professional learning and development includes:

  • the development of teacher knowledge about the value and importance of linking learning at home with learning at school
  • a focus on ensuring that all parents and whānau are supported to understand where their children are currently at in their learning, and what their next learning steps will be
  • a focus on the importance of culturally responsive learning and teaching that values the cultures, identities, and languages of all learners and their parents, families, and whānau.

Methods of delivery and time commitment

The facilitators will work with clusters of schools involving principals, lead teachers, board, and community members.

Schools may also have another PLD provision that may become the vehicle for inquiry into learning of Pasifika students’ success, for example, science, mathematics, literacy.

In-depth work may be required in some schools.

A minimum of one-year involvement is required.

How is support monitored and measured in terms of outcomes?

Each provider monitors the impact of the PLD intervention on the teachers, learners, leaders, and schools they are working in.

What needs to be sustained?

Where the Pasifika Success contracts identify key changes in teaching and learning practices these need to be disseminated. Expansion of the existing programmes into new schools over time will contribute to changes across the school system.

professional development

Published on: 20 Nov 2012