Te Kotahitanga is a collaborative response to the issue of underachievement among M?ori students in mainstream schools. The professional development/research project, which began in 2001, is now in itsfifth phase and involves 50 schools around
Our school was very proud to have been accepted into phase 5 of Te Kotahitanga at the end of term three 2009. It has enabled our school to look at ways of engaging our M?ori students that are more meaningful and culturally responsive, and to use evidence to track our progress and inform our practice. Cross-curricular teams of teachers meet each term in a cycle of action and review with the specific aim of improving the educational experience for our M?ori students. The concepts of manaakitanga, mana motuhake, whakapiringatanga, w?nanga, and kotahitanga underpin our work.