Making Connections


I recently led our school's leadership team on a whakawhanaungatanga session, defined above. So when asked to facilitate two groups at the Apple Education Community Summit in Sydney, I decided to lead with this concept. I felt proud to deliver my pepeha before we started connecting and sharing with each other. What a privilege it is to be in the company of educators who are driven by innovation and are passionate about sound pedagogical practice. Our driving question was:

How do we empower learners today and prepare them for tomorrow?

In one group we went way down into the AI rabbit hole. That deserves a post of its own. In another group, I picked up a genius idea to take back to our Business Studies department. The idea that I picked up was from Wes Warner was that they invite business leaders and entrepreneurs from the community to help mentor senior Business Studies students. This is done in-school (with police vetting etc) and the students come out of class to receive mentoring and skills. I must find out more.

Just a quick post from me, more to follow!

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July 10, 2024

Hi Linda - what a wonderful and important concept you shared “whakawhanaungatanga”. I’ve added your Post to my Notes as a reminder of the significance of unity, collaboration and support for educators as we participate in a network like the Apple Education Community. Thank you!

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