Tapasā Expert Teacher fono shares expertise and knowledge
The implementation plan for Tapasā is a step closer following the second Expert Teacher Group fono in Wellington on 16 November.
Building on the themes from the October fono, the group used talanoa* to understand how Ngā Turu (competencies), that form the basis of the framework, relate to teaching practice in their current teaching positions, and how they can support non-Pacific colleagues to implement Tapasā.
The implementation plan will create opportunities for participation by all teachers of Pacific learners. It will focus on:
- the creation of a cohesive suite of professional learning resources to give life to Tapasā
- the development of strategies for socialising the framework in a way that is engaging, meaningful and digestible, and
- how to use Tapasā as a lens through which to view Code and Standards for the Teaching Profession in teaching practice and appraisal processes.
The implementation plan will be finalised at the next Expert Teacher fono on 24 January 2019.
*What is talanoa?
Talanoa can be translated to mean “talk” or “discussion” in Fijian, Samoan and Tongan. It is based on the principles of trust, empathy and mutual respect, and is a popular way for Pacific communities to solve problems or manage change.