Culturally responsive practice and disability

What is culture? 
How would you describe the meaning of the word ‘culture’?
Where would you position yourself on a continuum in terms of the knowledge you have about your own culture?

Culturally responsive practice and disability provides the opportunity to discuss how we might respond to these questions. 

What does the culturally responsive practice and disability course focus on?

In this course, you will consider factors that can affect the way we view disability. Then discuss how the Te Tiriti o Waitangi can help us to understand the importance of working in culturally responsive ways with young people who have learning and behavioural challenges. We learn about the five dimensions of Te Whare Tapa Whā and we use this model to develop wellbeing strategies for learners.

How we work with you

Brenda Ellis will be leading this series of courses. Brenda has specialist knowledge, expertise and in-depth experience in learning support, having recently joined Evaluation Associates from Salisbury School (a national residential school for young people with complex needs based in Nelson). Brenda brings her years of sensible, practical experience to this empowering workshop.

Who should engage in this course

This course is ideal for all educators – teachers, teacher aides, SENCOs, Learning Support Co-ordinators (LSC), RTLBs, kaiako in early learning settings, and leaders.


This online course starts from the 1st of March 2021. We offer the culturally responsive practice and disability course monthly so you can build it into your busy schedule. 

If you wish for us to deliver this as a face-to-face course, please contact Brenda Ellis - 


The course costs $175 per person excluding GST

Course funding

Teacher aides currently working in schools can apply to the Ministry of Education Teacher Aide PLD Pilot Fund to attend this course. The pilot fund will meet the course costs for successful applications, and up to $500 per person for travel and/or accommodation as required.

There are no workshops available for registration at this time. Please check back later