He kanohi matara - visionary

“Māku e whatu, mā koutou e tāniko”

Innovative and visionary leadership to equip learners with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in the 21st century as Māori and as citizens of the world

The kanohi matara leadership role is about keeping kura at the ‘cutting edge’ of developments in education, as well as demonstrating wisdom and foresight and strategising for the future of the kura.

Contemporary times call for innovative thinking. This visionary role of leadership entails understanding the past, recognising the present and envisioning the future, to bring about optimal education and life outcomes for learners. A kanohi matara embraces social changes and technological advancements; capitalises on innovation and new knowledge; and simultaneously embeds cultural imperatives into education.

Key focus area: mana mokopuna

Goal: To ensure the kura equips learners with knowledge, skills and values to succeed in the 21st century as Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand and the wider world

Leadership practice:

  • inspiring learners through the provision of high-quality innovative educational experiences that focus on learners’ needs and interests
  • ensuring the kura is in a position to take advantage of any opportunities to advance teaching and learning to benefit learners
  • maintaining a watchful eye on innovation and advancements within the education sector by reading widely and attending conferences, seminars and workshops
  • learning from learners about their world view, technologies, innovations and aspirations for learning
  • providing school-wide opportunities for learner-centred teaching and learning
  • participating in professional development as a leading learner

Key focus area: mana wairua

Goal: To be prepared for challenges to the well-being of learners, staff and whānau

Leadership practice:

  • being sensitive and mindful of the circumstances and situations of learners, staff and whānau
  • ensuring teaching and learning practices are appropriately adjusted to meet the personal needs of individuals and groups
  • being informed about events in the kura community and wider society, in terms of factors that may impact on the kura, learners, staff, kura whānau and iwi educational goals
  • developing and maintaining strong collaborative relationships and accountability partnerships with educational organisations, social agencies and iwi entitities
  • creating a teaching and learning environment focused on positive outcomes
  • interacting on a professional level with other leaders to build a learning community of mentoring, coaching and collaborative alliances

Key focus area: mana tangata

Goal: To promote and support healthy relationships at all levels – personal, kura whānau, iwi, staff, learners and the learning community

Leadership practice:

  • maintaining strong relationships with kura whānau and the learning community to create a collaborative environment that is focused on learners’ educational success
  • ensuring staff and learners have access to educational opportunities that allow them to engage with external groups and organisations to extend their knowledge base
  • creating opportunities to celebrate learner successes and achievements

Key focus area: mana reo

Goal: To promote and extend te reo Māori proficiency among learners

Leadership practice:

  • encouraging and promoting te reo Māori as the language of communication
  • ensuring staff are made aware of new developments in relation to te reo Māori
  • supporting staff to undertake te reo Māori professional development programmes

Key focus area: mana tikanga

Goal: To be prepared for challenges to the tikanga of the kura

Leadership practice:

  • being prepared to protect and apply appropriate tikanga at each and every encounter
  • ensuring that tikanga is consistent and appropriate
  • enlisting support from pakeke to advise on tikanga for learners and the kura
  • undertaking risk managment and planning to ensure relevant tikanga is observed within kura operations and activities

Key focus area: mana mātauranga

Goal: To use mātauranga Māori to guide educational planning

Leadership practice:

  • applying tikanga and mātauranga when formulating strategic plans for the future
  • looking ‘back to the future’ and using Māori knowledge, past histories and herstories, evolving knowledges and experiences to guide future plans and development
  • engaging with iwi for guidance and advice on tikanga and mātauranga Māori
  • integrating iwi knowledge and concepts into planning and future directions for the kura

Key focus area: mana ā-kura

Goal: To establish, promote and maintain high standards, goals and expectations for every learner and adult in the kura

Leadership practice:

  • establishing and extending teaching and learning programmes that are relevant and up to date with current developments and conventions in teaching and learning
  • regularly reviewing programmes and systems to ensure teaching strategies proven by classroom practice help learners achieve
  • stimulating innovation and creativity in school-wide teaching and learning activities
  • inspiring and motivating learning with exciting teaching and learning programmes and practices
  • staying focused and connected to learners’ learning and classroom practice
  • guiding a collective approach to classroom practice to improve learners’ achievement and success

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