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Milestone 6 National Goal 4 Reflective Summary 2012

The following is a summary of National Goal 4 for 2011 for the Mantar Cluster (Milestone 6).
National Goal: Family and whanau to actively participate in their child's learning.
Cluster Goal: Investigate, develop and implement ways to involve Family/Whanau in order to actively participate in and celebrate students learning success.
Cluster: Year 3 of Cluster Programme - Primary Cluster Years 0-8
Cluster Type: ICT PD
Context: With the increasing development of E-Learning tools and strategies within the Cluster schools, comes the need to keep whanau and communities informed of school happenings and student reporting through the use of ICTs. Within the Mantar Cluster this has meant the ongoing development of school websites as well as class blogs, wikis, parent portals and facebook pages.

Aims/Purpose
There are three key areas the Cluster identified as areas of development when ensuring meaningful connections are made with whanau and community:

  • Principals will be using professional reading, investigation, BES/enabling e-learning website, Tataiako, Ka Hikitia, Measurable Gains Framework.

  • Family/whanau participating in learning experiences which will help them to support their children and opportunities to celebrate and share student learning successes.

  • Charter development reflects the commitment to actively involve family and whanau.


Methods, Interventions and Actions:
Some schools have begun to view and implement Tataiako by aligning the cultural competency indicators with appraisal documentation and using them to guide a staff and board of trustees cultural survey.
The eLPF from the Enabling eLearning website has been a crucial framework in schools for the development of future strategic planning.
/blog/view/702407/enabling-e-learning-website
/blog/view/702410/professional-readings

Since the last milestone, all cluster schools now use Facebook to involve family/whanau in celebrating student learning and to communicate with the community.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-James-Catholic-School-Palmerston-North/209913949027338,
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Somerset-Crescent-School/322927401096969,
http://www.facebook.com/KumeroaHopelands
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Terrace-End-School/148262708570732?__adt=2
/blog/view/725061/engaging-parentswhanaucommunity
/blog/view/704204/facebook-for-whanau


Family/Whanau is a major component of the Digital Citizenship Pathway developed in each cluster school. It outlines how family/whanau can be involved in supporting their child’s development as digital citizens./resources/view/720767/digital-citizenship (See Somerset and St James’ Digital Citizenship Pathway)

St James' and Somerset Cres’ Charters for 2013 will include an e-learning strategic plan. Both school’s plans include  'Beyond the Classroom' goals, outcomes and specific actions focused toward achieving these goals. The E-learning planning framework has been used to support the development of this plan. (/blog/view/702405/strategic-planning). St James and Somerset have shared their strategic plans with the BOT and considered their input.  

The Tekids Celebration Evening was the final opportunity for our extension children to share their knowledge and demonstrate their leadership skills with other students, teachers and Cluster schools’ wider communities (/blog/view/754074/tekids-celebration-evening).

/blog/view/722316/celebrating-inquiry-learning-with-whanau /blog/view/722758/maths-evening

/blog/view/726188/involving-parents-whanau-and-the-community-through-ict-use-at-terrace-end-school

/blog/view/725061/engaging-parentswhanaucommunity

/blog/view/724151/involving-parentswhanau-in-digital-citizenship


Summary of Key Results:

  • Principals have been using professional readings and integrating them into effective practice.

  • All schools are continuing to actively investigate and trial new ways of engaging family/whanau in learning experiences which will help them to support their children and opportunities to celebrate and share student learning success. A lot of these methods have an ICT component.

  • Schools' Charter development/strategic planning as well as Digital Citizenship Pathway development reflects the commitment to actively involve family and whanau.



Next Steps:

  • Principals need to continue to use and implement professional readings such as BES/Enabling E-Learning website, Tataiako, Ka Hikitia, Measurable Gains Framework.

  • Implement strategic planning to inform annual actions in the area of e-learning.