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Pat Snedden
Pat Snedden
Executive Chair, Manaiakalani Education Trust

Report for the year ended 31 MARCH 2017

The Manaiakalani Education Trust works in service of challenged school communities in Tamaki and elsewhere, fostering the public good partnerships required to leverage education and learning as a powerful opportunity to move children and families from subsistence to capital building citizenship. This work seeks to inspire Maori, Pasifika and low decile learners to lift their achievement through the application of a purposeful methodology based on community engagement, a digital pedagogy and enhanced teacher practice.

The Trust is based in Tamaki, Auckland, where it primarily supports the 13 schools that comprise the Manaiakalani Community of Learning. These schools have engaged collaboratively over many years to increase student outcomes through applied evidence based improvement that changes teacher practice. Since 2015, this methodology has been shared with over 40 more schools across New Zealand as part of the Manaiakalani Outreach. This represents a growing coalition of school communities committed to delivering visible, learner-centric learning and de-mystifying education so that these learners can stand alongside others as equals in their communities and in wider society. The Trust’s activities fall into four main areas:

  • Building public good partnerships with organisations and individuals who share in our kaupapa
  • Supporting the Manaiakalani Innovation Hub, underpinned by professional learning and development for teachers and evidence-driven teacher inquiry
  • Delivery of the Manaiakalani Outreach to five New Zealand school clusters, with implementation over the seven domains of the Manaiakalani methodology
  • Funding research and evaluation into the educational outcomes for learners in Manaiakalani and Manaiakalani Outreach schools, leading to the development and application of new practices to enhance teaching and learning and accelerate student achievement

We are delighted to reflect on the significant progress that has occurred in each of these areas over the past year. Particular highlights are summarised below.

Public Good Partnerships
The Trust is deeply appreciative of the NEXT Foundation’s continued interest and investment in Manaiakalani, reflecting its confidence in the Programme’s impact on student achievement outcomes. The Trust has also benefitted greatly from the continued strength of its relationships with the Spark Foundation, Google, and the Ministry of Education. All keenly share our vision and have committed themselves to making a difference in the lives of young New Zealanders through education.

This year, new partnerships have been forged with Chorus NZ Ltd, Skills4Work Inc, Perpetual Guardian Trust and the Innovation Partnership, bringing not only financial resource but expertise in specialist areas. We acknowledge supplier partnerships with Fusion Networks Ltd, Woolf Fisher Research Centre, Cyclone, CORE Education and Hapara, all of whom play a critical role in learning enablement across Manaiakalani and outreach schools.

We must also highlight the close partnership that exists between Manaiakalani and its community, reflecting that tamariki and whanau are the primary beneficiaries of our work. Indeed, without whanau investment in their child’s learning device, none of the outcomes would be possible. It is this engagement that drives our aspirations.
Manaiakalani Innovation Hub
The Manaiakalani schools in Tamaki provide the operating environment that has discovered and driven the innovations that enable the pedagogical leaps. This is where the seven development streams that comprise the Manaiakalani methodology continue to be refined, including leadership, fit for purpose technology enablement, teacher development and research. In 2016, Manaiakalani was approved by the Minister of Education as a Community of Learning. Manaiakalani was thrilled to be recognised in the 2016 NZ Innovation Awards as the award winner in two categories: Innovation in Education, Training and Development; and Excellence in Social Innovation.

Innovative programmes that are further contributing to teaching and learning effectiveness and enhanced student outcomes include :
  • The Manaiakalani Digital Teacher Academy, which has rapidly accelerated the effectiveness of 10 Beginning Teachers in the 2016-17 programme
  • ClassonAir, where 11 teachers are now sharing their lesson planning, delivery and review in the online environment as a tool to support educators everywhere
  • Spark Manaiakalani Innovative Teacher programme, which enables teacher-led inquiry and innovation. In 2016, 11 teachers, including 5 from outreach schools, were part of this initiative
  • Student voice opportunities including the Manaiakalani Film Festival, now in its tenth year
  • A Digital Immersion and Toolkit programme, providing professional development for targeted teacher cohorts
  • A paid internship programme with IT partner Fusion Networks, supported by an NCEA curriculum, that is providing student pathways into IT careers
Manaiakalani Outreach
Having completed the second of their three year change programme, Manaiakalani Outreach school communities in Kaikohekohe (Northland), Ako Hiko (Mt Roskill), Kootuitui ki Papakura (Papakura), Uru Manuka (Hornby) and Toki Pounamu (West Coast), are well-progressed in their implementation of the seven domains of the Manaiakalani education programme. All schools have Education Trusts in place to support them, and have significantly increased their teacher skills and capability, assisted by the delivery of over 4000 days of professional development. Evaluation reveals that the majority of schools are demonstrating a positive trajectory in the learning engagement and achievement of their students. This means that around 11,000 children are now benefitting from transformed teaching and learning approaches.

With support from the Ministry of Education, the Trust has commissioned the Woolf Fisher Research Centre to independently evaluate and critique the Outreach implementation methodology and so to assist us to codify the fundamental practices that deliver shift in educational outcomes via the seven development streams.
Research and Evaluation
Our research programme through Auckland University’s Woolf Fisher Research Centre is now in its sixth year and is building the case year on year for the Learn Create Share pedagogy through systematic research, development and evaluation effort. Evidence-based innovation occurs as adaptations that enhance pedagogies, practices and environments are discovered through external research partners and local inquiry. This provides the evidence base to be confident that we have a tested method of changing up teacher practice and accelerating student achievement. We have seen significant shifts for all Outreach school clusters in their first year of evaluation, particularly in relation to accelerated achievement in writing. For a number of schools, this is the first time they have had data to understand where they are at, and so this information becomes an invaluable resource as they drive further improvement. WFRC have reconfirmed the ‘dosage effect’, being that a child who remains in a Manaiakalani school for at least 3 years will accelerate their learning at a rate 1.5 to 2 times more than the average NZ child.
Looking Ahead
Together with continuing our relationship with the school communities who complete their formal Outreach programme at the end of the 2017 school year, the Trust wishes to offer an expansion of Manaiakalani Outreach to a greater number of low decile school communities, and so is bringing together the Public Good Partnerships to enable this.
Financial Performance
The Trust has posted a Net Loss of $43,464 (1.4% of Income) compared with the previous year’s Net Loss of $15,310. This result reflects the significant expansion of the Trust’s programme of work, and its associated financial impact. Offsetting this expansion has been increased revenue. Income from all sources was $3,288,409, up from the previous year’s income of $2,876,171. This financial year’s income included $3,146,452 of grants and donations and $358,775 of sales of student devices to parents. Reflecting our risk management approach, there is a Bad and Doubtful Debts/Loans provision in operating expenses of $60,540.

The Balance Sheet identifies Total Equity of $787,950 against $831,414 in the previous year. There is stock of devices as Current Assets at balance date of $88,988, Loan Receivables from parents due of $294,787 and Cash on hand of $757,236. Offsetting this, the Liabilities are the borrowings for devices, which at balance date amounted to a total of $584,018. For the 2017/18 year, we are pleased to have grants from NEXT Foundation, the Ministry for Education and Skills4Work confirmed to date.
We extend sincere gratitude to the many individuals, whanau and organisations who share in our vision for enhanced learner outcomes, and have contributed the funding, expertise and resource to enable Manaiakalani’s continued momentum. We have set ourselves challenging goals and are privileged to have such confidence placed in us. These public good partnerships, many now long-standing, bring richness and insight that strengthen our journey and ensure its continued success. Likewise, the school communities who have partnered with us in Manaiakalani Outreach have helped to build our own knowledge and learning exponentially.

Finally, we acknowledge the commitment of Manaiakalani educators who are bringing a love of learning to their students that excites us all due to the world of possibilities ahead for these young learners.

Patrick Snedden Executive Chair - Manaiakalani Education Trust

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