Wintec | Te Pūkenga has recently unveiled Tupu Te Ako, a new teacher training initiative aimed at welcoming new kaiako to the organisation and promoting a culture of continuous improvement towards demonstrable Te Tiriti partnerships and equity for Māori learners.
Literacy and Numeracy Manager, Willfred Greyling and Manaaki Pūkenga Manager, Nika Wallace.
"We are excited to launch the Tupu Te Ako programme of learning as it presents an opportunity for growth and development for all of us here at Wintec | Te Pūkenga," Merirangitiria Rewi, Kaihautū - Tōia Mai, said.
Tupu Te Ako will support new kaiako in the Whakatupu Kaiako branch of the the cultural capability framework, He Whakatupu Kaiako, Whakatupu Tāngata.
Tupu Te Ako means “to grow a culture of reciprocal learning”. By applying a Tuākana-Tēina model, new kaiako will partner with experienced kaiako from across Wintec | Te Pūkenga, receiving dedicated support to develop their teaching practice in line with the Tōia Mai competencies.
“We hope to see Tupu Te Ako become a standard practice within each centre, offering a space for partnering and creating a cycle of support for new kaiako,” Merirangitiria said.
The introduction of Tupu Te Ako is being led out in tiriti-based partnership by Literacy and Numeracy Manager, Willfred Greyling and Manaaki Pūkenga Manager, Nika Wallace.
"We assume that kaiako already have knowledge and skill in culturally responsive practice and our purpose will be to explore opportunities with them to elaborate that competence" says Greyling.
“Providing a space for connection and support for kaiako at the earliest stages of their time here at Wintec | Te Pūkenga is critical for improving conditions in the classroom for ākonga,” Wallace said.
A first-round pilot has been completed. Six Tuākana completed training wānanga then connected with ten Tēina from various programmes under He Kura Whakaumu, the initiative that focuses on new ākonga experiences and retention.
The pilot identified challenges in creating an inclusive space with timetable clashes and teaching priorities being juggled. Iterative improvements have been implemented for the next intake as for all involved, it remains an exciting opportunity for growth and development. Tupu Te Ako exemplifies te Tiriti partnership, as Māori and non-Māori voices work together to ensure a shared understanding and inclusive approaches.