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Louise Addison 2013/2014

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Transcript of Pasifex

It may be a challenge that current initiatives to improve Pasifika education tend to focus on ‘Achievement’ or ‘passing’. This may be a challenge as ‘Excellence’ grades are required to get into the majority of courses at
Universities in NZ
and require the type of thinking that 21st Century learners are encouraged to develop.
Pasifika Education in New Zealand
Our team
Caylah Tongotea, Vivien Raega, Leueta Mulipola, Tereena Noomaara, Hinemoa Finau
Supporting Pasifika learners
to aim for excellence

These words suggest equal opportunities for all learners and that self-determination is the key factor in achieving success. Unfortunately these words do hold true for Pasifika learners in NZ today. At present Pasifika learners achieve significantly worse educational outcomes than their NZ European and Asian counterparts, particularly when it comes to attaining the highest grade in the NZ education system of ‘Excellence’.
“You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose!” Dr Seuss
Pasifika students in New Zealand currently perform significantly lower in NCEA than students of other ethnicities. How might we, the Pasifex team, support Pasifika learners in New Zealand to aim for ‘Excellence’ as a way of reaching their full potential in their academic studies in 2013 and beyond?
We have developed material for Pasifika parents that outlines how they can support their child to achieve ‘Excellence’ in NCEA.
This is currently available on our wikispace in English, Samoan and Tongan...
working WITH TEACHERS of pasifika learners
It may be a challenge that whilst there has been a pattern of general improvement in Pasifika achievement, Pasifika learners still achieve below NZ European and Asian learners in NCEA. This may be a challenge because poor NCEA achievement can negatively impact on future learning and work opportunities.
It may be a challenge that current lower achievement rates mean that teachers could have low expectations of Pasifika learners. This could be a challenge because they may not teach to Excellence level in their classrooms, or may not do this for their Pasifika learners.
It may be a challenge that Pasifika learners, particularly new migrants, may see questioning teachers as a sign of disrespect. This could be a challenge as it may not be conducive to developing ‘Excellence’ level higher order thinking.
supporting students to aim for excellence
teaching for excellence
Other resources:
Are you teaching for excellence?
Using www.examtime.com
Make more mistakes (based on work of Alina Tugend
Mindset (based on work of Carol Dweck)
Another major factor in this inequity is the high proportion of Pasifika learners enrolled in Decile 1 schools:
9% of senior students enrolled in NZ schools in 2013 were Pasifika
51% of senior students enrolled in Decile 1 schools in 2013 were Pasifika
community problem solving
In Community Problem Solving (CmPS) teams apply a problem solving process to authentic problems in their own community. They develop a plan of action to have an impact on the community issue, then implement their plan of action.
In 2013 our Pasifex project gained first place in the senior division of the national finals for this competition and as such we have been invited to the international finals for this event at Iowa State university in June this year.
what is
excellence thinking?

Please complete the 1 min summary of excellence thinking on your handout and then...
Complete the playdoh modelling task that follows.
Our analysis of all of the Level 1 Achievement Standards came up with the following 4 aspects:
We ran workshops for Year 11 students on:

What do you think the key aspects of supporting Pasifika students to aim for excellence might be?
The following areas are the areas we tried to target:
Have a look through our list...
Are there any points you feel could be adapted / added / removed?
On page 9 you will see the list of teaching practices we think best support us to aim for and achieve excellence...
Reworking our workshops as online versions so Pasifika students throughout NZ can complete them at a time and place best for them
Presenting a letter to the Minister of Education when she visits McAuley High School next week regarding setting targets for Excellence achievement in the Pasifika Education Plan.
Going to Iowa State University in June this year to compete in the International Conference for Community Problem Solving.
working with the pasifika community
We have worked with other Pasifika education projects / groups to understand their views on Pasifika education and ‘Excellence’ achievement, as well as staying informed about new research and findings surrounding this.
This included presenting a key note at the inaugural Pasifika Youth Conference, and appearing on Tagata Pasifika and in Leo Pasifika.
It may be a challenge that low expectations of Pasifika learners can mean that they are directed into lower level courses based on Unit Standards. This could be a challenge because these standards do not allow students to gain ‘Excellence’.
It may be a challenge that poor attendance is leading to current Pasifika achievement levels. This could be a challenge as students are missing opportunities to learn.
It may be a challenge that Pasifika learners are over represented in lower socio economic communities. This could be a challenge as there is a clear link between poverty and poorer performance in NCEA in New Zealand.
It may be a challenge that Pasifika learners may not speak English as their first language. This may be a challenge because understanding ‘Excellence’ requirements can require interpreting unfamiliar contexts.
It may be a challenge that there is considerable diversity amongst Pasifika learners, in terms of background, prior learning and current achievement. This may be a challenge because aggregated statistics may not represent the true picture of what Pasifika learners can achieve.
We have developed and run an Aiming for Excellence program for Year 11 students at McAuley High School to assist them in aiming to achieve ‘Excellence’ in their first year of NCEA.
All 5 Pasifika students that gained Excellence endorsements in 2013 were part of our programme and a further 21 students who participated gained Merit Endorsements.
We have developed professional learning resources for teachers of Pasifika students, so that they are informed and supported from a student perspective about how they can improve their teaching when dealing with Pasifika students who are aiming to achieve ‘Excellence’.
We have run teacher workshops at McAuley High School and Aorere College.
Now is a chance to ask any
questions you have for us :)

We have set up a wikispace to share the resources we develop with the wider Pasifika community so that information on our project and excellence achievement is not restricted to the program run within our school but is available to Pasifika learners throughout NZ.
Your turn:
Understanding NCEA and Tracking Credits
Key Tips and Excellence Habits
Excellence thinking
Excellence in the Externals
Excellence in Study and Revision
Go to pasifex.wikispaces.com for further information including all the workshop resources...
We targeted beliefs about excellence through our "Are you aiming for excellence?" questionnaire...
your turn
your turn
Go to pasifex.wikispaces.com for further information including all the workshop resources...
At the National Finals for Community Problem Solving our project placed First in the Senior Division which means we have been invited to represent New Zealand at the International Conference at Iowa State University in June this year...
If you could also please complete our survey - we would really appreciate feedback about today's presentation...
4 in particular we tried to target through our project were:
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