Culturally responsive practice

Culturally Responsive Practice - Be the Change

Workshop Description

Discover ways to upskill in culturally responsive practice. There are two workshops available, both of which question 'whose culture counts' whilst empowering each teacher to be agents of change in their own areas.

The workshops unpack the meaning of the slogan “Māori achieving success as Māori," explore how to expand the Māori world-view in the usual constraints of curriculum planning, discovering where the Treaty of Waitangi is relevant, and introducing easily accessible ways of implementing a culturally responsive practice.

Workshop Details

Workshop One

  • Runs for 2 hours
  • 10 to 25 participants
  • For teachers in mainstream schools

The workshop includes:

  • Role-playing of typical stereotypes and a group discussion on the meaning of “Māori achieving success as Māori” in the Ka Hikitia document.
  • An introduction to the obligations within the Treaty of Waitangi curriculum document and a discussion of what partnership means.
  • An introduction to Anne Milnes book, entitled “Colouring in the White Spaces: Reclaiming Cultural Identity in Whitestream Schools."
  • Looking at Ka Hikitia and how we can shift our thinking from doing to being: Cultural responsiveness to cultural locatedness
  • A survey to decipher cultural understanding or familiarity of certain Maori terms
  • Sharing bi-cultural stories that depict a conflict of values.

Workshop Two

  • Runs for 1.5 hours
  • 10 to 25 participants
  • For teachers in mainstream schools who have attended the first workshop

The workshop includes:

  • Discussing the previous workshop, including take-home points, and sharing the stories of implementing culturally competent practice.
  • A look at issues of belonging and identity
  • Sharing of Josef Iosefo's speech: Brown Brother
  • Discussion of ingrained stereotypes and the importance of expectation
  • Expanding Te Ao Maori worldview


Jillian Scammell. Jillian leads the response to the Government's strategy, Ka Hikitia (2008-) for the van Asch Deaf Education Centre, which spans the country from Taupo down to Bluff. She has long had her hand in other humanistic endeavours, holding a senior responsibility in an international NGO, which works to promote peace, culture, and education, both globally and in our respective countries. Under the NGO's umbrella, she held a series of public forums on the Earth Charter to inspire awareness and to foster enthusiasm for change in local communities. She is passionate about human rights and the potential of our young people and is committed to providing an optimal educational environment, taking into account their unique characteristics in which they can thrive.


This workshop is run by Jillian Scammell. Please contact her directly to talk about running this course in your area. Please be aware there may be a fee for running this workshop.