Originally developed at Sylvia Park School, the Mutukaroa approach is designed to foster the development of fully engaged whānau who understand early years school assessment and how to use that information to support targeted learning.
Mutukaroa is a home-school learning partnership. Whānau work with a coordinator (who is a teacher) to understand how their child is progressing in their learning over the first three years at school. Coordinators meet with parents regularly and provide practical tools for parents to support classroom learning at home.
Mutukaroa is underpinned by the findings of the Best Evidence Synthesis The Complexity of Community and Family Influences in Children’s Achievement in New Zealand .
Mutukaroa is focused on learning. The aim is "to get great outcomes for our children."
– Barbara Ala’alatoa, principal Sylvia Park School
Barbara Ala’alatoa, principal of Sylvia Park School, shares the vision behind the Mutukaroa project. Great teaching, evidence-based data, and a tailored approach to the way they share data with whānau, all make meaningful impacts on children's learning.
Coordinators take a very tailored and targeted approach to sharing data with individual parents, so that they can make a meaningful, authentic impact on their child’s learning. This supports parents to participate in three-way conferences and to support their child's learning at home.
Mutukaroa supports learning-focused relationships with parents. The emphasis is on the child and their learning, focusing on student achievement and fostering the active engagement of parents through a learning partnership” (Ruia: School-whānau partnerships ).
Coordinator Ariana Williams explains how and why Mutukaroa works, why it’s so important for whānau to understand assessments, and the benefits of knowing how they can support their child's learning at home.
Mutukaroa: Home-School Partnership – Information for parents explaining Mutukaroa and the partnership approach is provided on the Sylvia Park School website.
Coordinators are supported through a private online group called, Mutukaroa – Learning and Change Networks Coordinators in the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) where they can access the tools that they need, share resources, and communicate with each other. These include:
Sylvia Park School principal, Barbara Ala’alatoa, and coordinator of the Mutukaroa project, Ariana Williams, discuss the benefits for coordinators of being involved in a professional learning community where they have access to a wide range of support in a safe online environment.
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