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Manaiakalani Innovative Teacher Academy 2013
Manaiakalani Education Trust is pleased to announce a new initiative being funded in 2013 to recognise teachers in our cluster of schools who have been contributing to the development of the Manaiakalani pedagogy and are continuing to look for innovative ways to achieve the goals of the programme.

The Manaiakalani Innovative Teacher Academy (MITA) will run for one academic year and the opportunity to be part of this network of teachers will be available for up to 10 teachers in 2013.
2013 Manaiakalani Innovative Teachers Academy
Successful applicants for 2013
Click link to find out about their projects


The Manaiakalani Programme has gained national and international credibility as an innovative approach to ensuring the foundation requirements of schooling are being met whilst offering students the opportunity to learn in an environment which recognises the special character of our students as digital citizens whose world is very different from their teachers at the same age.

The foundation requirements for our students in our Decile 1a community of the wider Tamaki area are 
  • to become literate and numerate and reach the National Standards in their primary school years 
  • to attain at least Level 2 NCEA in their secondary school years.

The environment in which all young people live in this decade is one in which they accept as their right the ability to collaborate, communicate and connect at any time and in any place, often via digital tools. Their hours of learning are no longer restricted to the opening hours of school (9-3) and are no longer restricted to waiting for the teacher to deliver knowledge to them.

Most of the funding directed explicitly at teaching and learning for the Manaiakalani Programme is being offered at the entry level; to new schools and new staff entering the programme and to teachers who need additional support to upskill and become proficient in teaching our students in this new way.

There are however a group of teachers who were early adopters, who are offering their students ever enriching experiences and are ‘pushing the envelope’ in terms of the teaching and learning experiences in their classrooms or schools. These educators are light houses of innovation to their colleagues- when their work is recognised and shared - but are receiving little support from the Manaiakalani Programme as it is currently being delivered. They are often the kind of person who will work on their innovations over and beyond required tasks and expect little in return.  They can find themselves lacking collegial support and inspiration.


To provide an opportunity for innovative teachers to form a network for support and mentoring as they continue to explore ways to enrich the lives and learning of the students they work with.


Manaiakalani Education Trust offers up to 10 innovative teachers from this cluster the opportunity to
  • plan for an innovative project in 2013 
  • implement this project (two days per term release)
  • receive ongoing mentoring
  • form a collegial network  (one day per term release)
MITA teachers will
  • use the “Learn Create Share” model in their own journey of innovation
  • present to their Manaiakalani colleagues at the annual Hui
  • present to the wider education community at the 2013 NZ Google Summit and Ulearn13
  • use a public online tool (eg a Blog or Site) for ongoing sharing and reflection

Submission process:

*Closed* on Thursday November 22nd, 2012
Via a Google Doc shared with Dorothy Burt:

Written application of no more than 1-2 pages,  will include
  • a brief outline of the proposed area of innovation to be explored in 2013 
  • links to examples of innovation in 2012 (NB: these must be publicly shared)
  • links or evidence of sharing with colleagues (online, conferences etc)
  • brief reference (from a senior management person or principal) supporting effective classroom practice in 2012, meeting the foundation education needs of their cohort of students 
There will be a formal interview process for short-listed applicants with the panel including: Dorothy Burt, a Trust member, 2 principals, a researcher 
Date of interviews: Tuesday November 27th

If possible the MITA cohort will include a range of educators/ innovative projects to represent educators from each sector in our cluster 
ie Years 1-3, Years 4-6, Years 7-8, Years 9-10, Years 11-13

Conditions of Participation

  • Agree to model "Learn Create Share" both in work with students and in MITA
  • Outcomes to be publicly available online
  • Reflections to be available to PLD team, MET, Principals and research team as minimum
  • Targets to be set and met each term in negotiation with MITA (leader?)
  • Availability to attend and share at agreed hui and conferences
  • Release time each term to attend MITA network sessions 1 x day each term
  • Release from class to focus on project 2 x days each term
  • Participation in the annual Manaiakalani Film Festival

Other opportunities

Could include from this list
  • Attendance at an international Google Summit for selected individuals sponsored by Hapara to work on the Teacher Dashboard stand
  • Presenting at Learning and Change Networks regional meetings
  • Working with schools outside the cluster for the Learning and Change Networks
  • Mentoring opportunity through Woolf Fisher, University of Auckland
NB: None of these opportunities can be guaranteed nor will they be offered equitably as they are funded by external providers who have their own selection criteria and processes. However, we will supply the list of MITA teachers with links to their work online to these providers

Dates for 2013

Network Meeting Days    Feb 15th, May 24th, August 16th, November 29th  (all Fridays)
Hui    August 23rd
ULearn 13    October 9-11th Holidays
Release days    organise yourself

Frequently Asked Questions

As questions are asked by individuals we will publish the responses here

1. It seems that a lot is expected from me, in effect, what does MITA offer me as a teacher?
One day a term a networking meeting with the MITA teachers - classroom release paid
Two days each term reliever paid for to enable you to implement your project with students individually or in groups
The MET will be funding 12 days for each teacher to enable this this
MET is also funding a ULearn registration for each teacher

2. Can I 'double-dip' ie could I submit two concepts and get double resource?
Definitely not.  The resource is allocated to one teacher: one project

3. Can part-time and casual teachers or long term relievers apply?
No, this is for permanent teaching staff

4. Can I have this two years in a row?
Getting a bit ahead of yourself BUT, if this is successful in 2013 the Trust is open to considering a 2014 round