Teaching and learning

These tools, resources and services support teachers and kaiako in Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako to lift progress and achievement for all of their students.

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  • Boards
  • Principals and tumuaki
  • Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako
  • Teachers and kaiako
  • All early learning services
  • Tertiary education providers

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako can choose to use these tools, resources and services, which will help them to provide personalised learning pathways for students.

Achievement challenges

Achievement challenges are shared goals that are identified and developed by a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako based on the needs of its learners.

Achievement challenges

Teaching tools

Education providers participating in a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako can find useful tools and resources on this page.

Teaching tools

Professional learning and development

Centrally-funded professional learning and development (PLD) can be applied for by Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako in any school term. Individual schools and kura may also apply for centrally-funded PLD in any school term.

Once PLD has been allocated, communities can work with a facilitator to plan how to tailor the PLD to a particular need.

Tailored PLD could include aligning a PLD proposal to an achievement challenge, designing PLD around a robust inquiry about what needs to change across your community, or using the expertise within your community (and identifying any external support or expertise you need) to build capability.

Capability Education website(external link)

Expert partners

The Expert Partner service, made up of academics and teaching practitioners, was set up to support the development of Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako in the early stages of operation.

The service allowed Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako leaders to access support from critical friends to strengthen evidence gathering practices, critical data analysis skills, problem definition, and evidence-informed action planning.

It was envisaged that expert partners would work with Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako, by supporting them for up to 2 years to a point when they would become self-sufficient.

Funding for the service expired in December 2019.

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