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Engaging Pasifika parents and communities

Resources, tools, and examples to help your school effectively engage with the Pasifika community.

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Resources

Supporting parents, whānau, and communities
These resources help teachers in their conversations with parents, families, whānau, and communities.  They explain in plain English and in a number of Pasifika languages, strategies that will help students learning and achievement in reading, writing, and mathematics.

Reporting to parents and whānau
Parents, family, whānau, and communities want to receive clear and specific plain-language reports about their child’s progress and achievement, and to know how they can work with the school to support their child’s learning. Assessment Online has the most up-to-date resources to support schools to share information with parents and whānau.

Asking the right questions at school
These booklets have been written for schools to share with parents. The booklets include questions parents can ask, as well as general information that they may find useful.

Reading together
A research-based workshop programme designed to help parents support their children's reading at home more effectively. The programme was an action research project developed by Jeanne Biddulph.

Hei Awhiawhi Tamariki ke te Panui Pukapuka (HPP)
A tutoring programme in which schools enlist the help of parent tutors, who are then trained to enrich students' oral language.

Pause, prompt, praise
A set of reading tutoring strategies developed to help parents to work with their children.

Families section of NZ Maths
Activities and resources to help families support their child's learning in maths.

How NCEA works
A series of animated videos, produced by NZQA, explaining NCEA in a variety of Pasifika languages

NCEA ma le Pasifika workshop programme
The NCEA ma le Pasifika workshop programme provides free workshops tailored to Pacific parents (this includes workshops delivered in first language where appropriate and written resources in four Pacific languages). The workshops cover key messages and information about understanding NCEA, how parents can support their children in subject or career choices, understanding assessments, aiming for high achievement, and engaging more with the school and teachers.

Pasifika PowerUP Plus
Pasifika PowerUP Plus is an education programme that actively supports Pasifika parents and families to champion their children’s learning, and provides academic support for secondary and primary students. This programme is delivered at PowerStations located in community settings.

Digital communities & Blogs

Shifting the minds of our Pasifika parents
This VLN page is designed for teachers and facilitators to share their stories about their experience working with Pasifika families and their communities.

Blog Posts

Creating the "talanoa" conversation is all it takes…

The Pasifika way of connecting and collaborating

Research and readings

Gorinski, R., and Fraser, C. (2006) Literature review on the effective engagement of Pasifika parents and communities in education (PISCPL). Wellington: Ministry of Education.
This literature review explores barriers to Pacific Island parent/community engagement and strategies that can support home-school engagement.

Partners in Learning: Schools' Engagement with Parents, Whānau and Communities (May 2008)
A particular focus of this evaluation was to investigate how schools engaged with all parents, whānau and families in their community, not just those who were already involved and engaged. ERO gathered a wide range of perspectives about what works well in engaging parents, whānau, and families from diverse communities.

Student Achievement beyond the Classroom: Engaging Families and Communities
Despite positive outcomes associated with family engagement, many schools and districts still struggle to cultivate meaningful relationships with community members. This document identifies issues surrounding family engagement and poses questions for policymakers to consider. The authors describe the following engagement issues and offer questions and recommendations for policymakers to consider for each: (1) Understand barriers to engagement; (2) Build relationships and foster partnerships among all stakeholders; (3) Provide resources to families and community members; and (4) Support educator needs.

Engaging Pasifika parents contributes to strong results
Lifting Pasifika educational achievement is a priority for all New Zealand schools. The Pasifika Education Plan emphasises the importance of effective engagement between Pasifika parents, families, and teachers. This secondary focus is for secondary teachers working with Pasifika learners and their families.

Improving Engagement and Achievement for Pasifika Learners in Diverse Primary School Settings Paul Irving, Riccarton Primary School, Sabbatical report
To investigate what initiatives and programmes are being utilised by best practice primary schools in New Zealand to be culturally responsive to Pasifika learners and to improve Pasifika achievement.

Talanoa Ako
This issue of Talanoa Ako is dedicated to parents and their involvement and engagement throughout the education sector.

Pasifika students: Teachers and parents voice their perceptions of what provides supports and barriers to Pasifika students’ achievement in literacy and learning
This research aimed to enhance identification and understanding of pedagogical practices and family/community factors which influence literacy learning outcomes for Pasifika students during the primary school years. The research found that Pasifika students’ literacy learning, and overall learning, was more likely to be enhanced when Pasifika values, language identities and cultural knowledge were made an implicit part of teaching and learning practices, as did parent engagement.


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