Reading Together® at Ngāti Moko Marae: A School-Iwi Partnership implementation exemplar

The NZ Ministry of Education has a "best evidence in action exemplar which explains the partnership approach taken between Fairhaven School and Te Iwi o Tapuika in the marae-based implementation of Reading Together® Te Pānui Ngātahi in Te Puke", available here.

Quoting from Reading Together® Te Pānui Ngātahi at Ngāti Moko Marae: A School-Iwi Partnership implementation exemplar:

Expert developer of Reading Together® Jeanne Biddulph, highlighted the need for school-whānau partnership approaches to build trust for ongoing success. When well-implemented Reading Together® accelerates reading achievement, supports children's wellbeing and has enduring effects for positive and culturally responsive education.

A successful partnership approach is the key to the enduring effects for culturally responsive education.

This implementation exemplar provides a window into the 'how' of partnership building between school leaders, iwi leaders, teachers and whānau.

... There has been strong evidence that although well-intentioned, too much pressure on children's early reading can have long-term negative effects on children's achievement.  The Reading Together® Te Pānui Ngātahi workshops are designed to support whānau to understand how to help your child with reading at home.

... A recurrent finding in the Progress in International Literacy studies is that access to books at home remains strongly linked to achievement in literacy. Fairhaven School ensures that whānau and tāmariki have books in English and te reo Māori to take home after each workshop session at the marae. This celebrates literacy, and supports the learners and their whānau to enjoy reading.

Additional Information: Reading Together® Te Pānui Ngātahi at Ngāti Moko Marae

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Posted: Tuesday 26 November 2019