Kohiko Mai

Are you worried about ākonga who are not engaging with their learning? Do you have learners in front of you that you are struggling to teach, struggling to engage?
Chances are you are not alone. That's where Kohiko Mai can help. 

What is Kohiko Mai?

Kohiko Mai is designed particularly for learners for whom other programmes of support have not worked. These students are at risk of leaving school without being engaged in education, employment, or training.

Kohiko Mai is primarily designed for ākonga in Years 7 - 13. We know that supporting learners to re-engage in education in these formative years can have significant impact on their learning and wellbeing well into their adulthood. 

Kohiko Mai methodology is based on the principles of Universal Design for Learning. This means it can be used in any schooling context for learners of this age – full primary, intermediate, middle school, secondary school, and area school.  

Kohiko Mai is a school-owned initiative. Each kura or school devises a Kohiko Mai programme, all while being supported by a skilled consultant.

“I have learnt how to phrase the words better, open up better, know that I do have a support team, and I can get along with people. I’ve had fun.”

Why is it named Kohiko Mai?

Level_3_banner___PL___Disengaged_learners___Kohiko_MaiThe name, Kohiko Mai, is significant. Kohiko is to flash or twinkle. It is the metaphor for how a learner shines when they learn something new. Kohiko Mai is an invitation to shine. The opportunity for learning shines first, grabs the attention, then the student shines with the new learning.

Kohiko can also mean to interrupt or butt in – which can apply to disrupting the path that a learner is on in order to create new opportunities. It encapsulates the concept of innovation which resides in this programme.

Why focus on Kohiko Mai as part of your professional learning and development plan? 

Kohiko Mai is, in a sense, local curriculum design at it most specific and effective. It allows kura and schools, kaiako and teachers, and whānau to develop ways of supporting and advocating for ākonga so that they can begin to engage positively in their educational journey. As Kohiko Mai is owned by each kura and school, the actions, processes and strategies used are developed to meet the needs of the schooling context. Our Evaluation Associates mentors have seen a wide variety of options used, all supporting these learners positively.

“Kohiko Mai made us think about who our disengaged students are – and what their realities are.” (Kohiko Mai school lead)

What might Kohiko Mai focus on?

Kohiko Mai is, in a sense, local curriculum design at it most specific and effective. It allows kura and schools, kaiako and teachers, and whānau to develop ways of supporting and advocating for learners so that they can begin to engage positively in their educational journey. As it is school owned, the actions, processes and strategies used are developed to meet the needs of the schooling context. Our Evaluation Associates mentors have seen a wide variety of options used by kura and schools, all supporting these learners positively.  

How we work with you

Our Evaluation Associates mentors are the support mechanism for the kura or school. To ignite the spark, we:

  • provide support to develop a model staff believe will work for their ākonga in their environment
  • introduce the Kohiko Mai framework and principles
  • provide guidance on possible implementation approaches
  • support with ideas, challenges and affirmation for those involved.

Many schools have commented positively about the importance of the Evaluation Associates mentor – both what we bring to the role and our support for kura and schools to remain ‘on track’ and motivated to make significant differences, even though the hard times.

Are you ready to ignite that spark for your most vulnerable learners?

We have a team of skilled consultants ready to provide support to you and your team to implement Kohiko Mai. Whether you are looking to embed Kohiko Mai as part of your Ministry of Education funded PLD or through your own PLD funding, we can help. Contact Garry Taylor to discuss your options today.