New project aims to help and support teachers
Forest View High School has adopted Te Kotahitanga this year which is a project designed to help provide teachers with support and coaching to reflect on their performance in the classroom.
Principal Richard Crawford said the school applied to the Ministry of Education last year to be apart of the project which includes only 49 other schools around New Zealand.
‘‘The reason we have chosen to do this is because we believe the research shows that this programme makes a positive difference,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s all about helping teachers to increase their capacity to engage their students in learning. The programme supports teachers to be more evidence driven and supports them with strategies that will enable them to teach more effectively and to engage students more in learning.’’
‘‘It is a focus to improve Maori achievement but all students regardless of whether they are Maori, Pacific Islander or Pakeha will get to experience the benefits.’’
After 30 teachers were introduced to the project, a leadership team was formed to observe teaching in classrooms.
The leaders include assistant principal Chris Stokes, Head of Mathematics Sandra Umaki and Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour Sandy Taipeti who hold co-construction meetings with teachers to discuss learning and also consider evidence about the improvement of student l earning and achievement.
A conference will be held at Forest View High School on September 23 f rom 6-7.30pm f or parents to learn more about the Te Kotahitanga project and also to consult parents about other strategies to improve learning.