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Tapasā – Cultural Competencies Framework for Teachers of Pacific Learners

Tapasā is a tool designed to help improve the way teachers and leaders engage with Pacific learners, and to an extent parents, families and their communities, to make the biggest difference in a child’s educational success. 

Tapasā is a resource for all teachers of Pacific learners. It is designed to support teachers to become more culturally aware, confident and competent when engaging with Pacific learners and their parents, families and communities. It aims to contextualise quality teaching and planning within a Pacific learner setting by providing a Pacific lens to the Standards for the Teaching Profession and the Code of Professional Responsibility. 

We encourage all schools with Pacific students to use Tapasā as a guide to help improve their way of communication and gain a deeper understanding of how Tapasā works and how it applies to the teaching role in supporting Pacific students.

Tapasā is being implemented by the Teaching Council. They are co-constructing an implementation plan with  expert teachers. You can read about Tapasā, and how it will be implemented on the  Teaching Council website.

19 February, 2019

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 discussion to understand how Ngā Turu (competencies) forming 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, and key dates will be announced shortly afterwards.

For more information, visit the  Teaching Council’s website.

Tapasā Resources

The Tapasā resources section of the Teachers Council website has Tapasā video resources. Each video has conversation starters, supplementary resources, and subtitles to build teachers' confidence in using Tapasā to engage with Pacific learners. A link to the 'Quality Practice Template – Cross Sector Examples for a QPT using a Tapasā lens' is also included below.