The ALN Effective Practice Model

The Adult Literacy and Numeracy Effective Practice Model answers the question:

What skills, knowledge and understandings do the very best practitioners have, and how do they use these in their practice?

The model describes effective pedagogical practice and provides guidance for practitioners in identifying and developing aspects of their own practice.

The model builds on the Know the learner, Know the demands, and Know what to do framework and expands each of these three areas into practical teaching approaches.

Hallmarks of Excellence:

The hallmarks of excellence for Māori and Pacific learner success were developed by developed by Dr Damon Whitten and Graeme Smith as part of the ALN Effective Practice Model. They describe evidence-based practices in working with Māori, Pacific and other learners. They are intended to guide practitioners in cultivating a culturally inclusive teaching and learning environment that fosters success for all learners.

The hallmarks define how practitioners can:

  • work effectively with Māori, Pacific peoples, and other learners to meet learning needs
  • provide a culturally safe environment
  • help identify learners’ educational and other aspirations

These hallmarks focus particularly on Māori and Pacific learners to address disparities in educational outcomes. However, they also apply to other learner groups, such as migrants or other priority groups.

Believe you can make a difference | Effective practitioners believe they can make a positive difference to educational achievement for all learners, including Māori and Pacific learners, accept this as a professional responsibility, and then act on that responsibility.

Build on strengths and address needs | Effective practitioners build on strengths and address needs, avoiding attributing difficulties to learner attitudes, focusing instead on developing confidence, motivation, and excitement toward learning.

Recognise it’s the quality of your relationships that matters | Effective practitioners recognise that the quality of their relationships and interactions with their Māori and Pacific learners play a vital role in their learners’ educational achievement.

Reflect on your own cultural identity | Effective practitioners reflect on their own cultural identity in Aotearoa New Zealand and work to enhance the cultural identity and well-being of Māori and Pacific learners.

Be culturally responsive | Effective practitioners develop ways of teaching and/or supporting Māori and Pacific learners that are culturally responsive and embedded in relationships of mutual trust and respect.

Reflect on holistic Māori and Pacific practices | Effective practitioners reflect on their own Māori and Pacific holistic cultural teaching and/or pastoral care practices.

Set high expectations | Effective practitioners set high expectations for Māori and Pacific learners.

Identify Māori and Pacific learners’ educational aspirations | Effective practitioners identify and address the educational and other aspirations of Māori and Pacific learners.

Modify teaching and support based on learner outcomes | Effective practitioners promote, monitor and reflect upon learner outcomes so as to modify their teaching and/or support in ways that lead to improvements in Māori and Pacific learners’ achievement.

Take an integrated approach | Effective practitioners demonstrate practices underpinned by appropriate and relevant professional values, knowledge and ongoing professional learning and development.