How and why did you come to be involved with Taitokerau Education Trust?
I saw this partnership as an opportunity to improve student success at Raurimu Avenue School.
What is your role or relationship with the trust?
I am the Principal of Raurimu Avenue School. I see my role is to lead learning and the trust supports my endeavor to do so through digital technologies.
Are there any particular highlights or achievements of the trust that stand out to you?
The trust has removed the barrier of access to digital technology for many families and their children. The provision of an affordable payment plan has meant that schools can focus on the teaching and learning rather than the acquisition of resources. It has also built-in support for parents with the provision of a whanau facilitator, and professional learning development for staff through Beth Lamb, the trust’s full-time programme facilitator.
What would you say to parents who are considering enrolling their child in the Digital Immersion Programme?
Sit with the trust’s Whanau Engagement Officer, Ross Tipene, and have a look at what is involved for your child, and ask to visit a class to see what the kids are doing.
Why do you think the programme is so successful?
I am encouraged by the fact that there is a research arm of the trust. There are many strategies that exist in education. It is important that, as a leader, I employ evidence-based strategies and, even more importantly, am able to measure the impact on student outcomes. The evidence so far suggests an improvement for the schools that have engaged in this opportunity. I hope to see the same effects for our students.
Fun digital fact: What is the last thing you searched for online?
Daniel Pink’s book Drive.