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uLearn21 reflections: Thriving individuals and communities

This year’s uLearn allowed me to introduce one of our Pasifika academic activators Leali’ie’e Tufulasi Taleni, but more importantly it was a chance to immerse myself in the wealth of Pasifika knowledge shared throughout CORE’s two-day online conference. uLearn21 also gave me the opportunity to reflect on the journey of the Pasifika diaspora to Aotearoa
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“From the other side of the fence; let’s break it down.” – Part 2

“I hope to give you a deeper insight into how you as educators can interact with these bright but damaged youth and how the education system is the place to build life-saving bridges.” Taken from Māia Goldsmith’s activator session at uLearn21, this is the second of a two-part blog that shares Māia’s story. This blog
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“From the other side of the fence; let’s break it down.” – Part 1

Wahine Māori, Māia Goldsmith, faced multiple challenges from an early age. She was suspended, stood down and expelled – three times. Today, Māia has recently gained her second Bachelor’s degree. Her story shares what it was like to be “excluded from the education system” and the impact of being labelled an “at-risk” rangatahi. Touching many
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uLearn21 – Thriving cultures and futures

Janelle Riki-Waaka and Josh Hough share the second part of their blog on Aotearoa e tōnui nei | Thriving Aotearoa, the theme of uLearn21. Part 2 discusses Ngā ahurea e tōnui nei | Thriving cultures and Te tōnuitanga o te āpōpō | Thriving futures. See Part 1 here. Ngā ahurea e tōnui nei | Thriving
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uLearn21 – Thriving individuals and communities

Across two blogs, Janelle Riki-Waaka and Josh Hough share their perspectives on Aotearoa e tōnui nei | Thriving Aotearoa, the theme of uLearn21. In the first blog they discuss Te tangata takitahi e tōnui nei | Thriving individuals and Ngā hapori e tōnui nei | Thriving communities. This year’s uLearn21 kaupapa has got us talking!
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Equity, te reo, and doing the right thing

In her follow-up blog to Raising the equity flag – why I’m passionate about fighting inequity in Aotearoa, Dr Hana O’Regan writes about the historical marginalisation of te reo Maori, and the importance of picking your equity battles. When I was in the 6th Form – the equivalent of Year 12 now – I remember
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Streaming – the unexamined wallpaper

By Dr Pam O’Connell When I was a social studies and maths teacher, I didn’t question why we streamed or ‘banded’ our learners. I just accepted this was the way it was – that it was best for learners to be sorted using a test that I did not even administer or mark, and probably
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Queer, Māori and young: what it means for teaching

Lex Davis (he/him) (Te Rarawa) and Josh Hough (he/him) are the authors of Ko tātou tēnei | This is us, an action research report, supported by CORE Education, that shares the voices of Māori LGBTQIA+ students. Lex wished that he had better opportunities to celebrate his queerness and taha Māori at school. Still, he is
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Raising the equity flag – why I’m passionate about fighting inequity in Aotearoa

By Dr Hana O’Regan, Tumu Whakarae CORE Education I was raised in a family that was consumed with the issue of justice and equity. We had incredible opportunities to discuss these kaupapa when other New Zealanders, and those from overseas, came to our home. When I was about nine years old a West Papuan man

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